Tom Cruise stars in this glossy adaptation of John Grisham's riveting novel about a promising young law graduate who gets involved with a shady Memphis firm. After a too-good-to-be-true offer, Mitch McDeere (Cruise) turns his back on the lure of the big city to work for a small company in the South. Despite his wife's (Jeanne Tripplehorn) concerns, Mitch fails to spot the sinister goings on at Bendini, Lambert & Locke; that is until two of his colleagues die in a boating accident, and the FBI comes after him for information.
McDeere is told of his boss's mafia connections and must decide whether to turn informer or face being sucked into the organisation's dodgy dealings. As he attempts to question the suspicious deaths of four ex-employees, Mitch learns that nobody gets out of the firm alive.
Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack brings Grisham's 1991 bestseller to the screen. Adding further layers to the original material, Pollack and his writers create an entertaining and suspenseful drama that features a committed performance from Cruise, and top-notch supporting turns from Gene Hackman, Holly Hunter, Ed Harris and Gary Busey. The first in a long line of films based on Grisham's novels, this tense thriller is likely to appeal to followers of his other courtroom-based chronicles.