In the opening minutes of the 1993 movie The Firm, an in-demand Harvard Law School graduate named Mitch McDeere takes meetings with one legal firm after another, each offering him a different vision for his future. Does he want to be a judge someday? Would he like to have a lighter workload so he can start a family? Does the California lifestyle sound appealing? How about Wall Street?

Mitch (played with no small amount of Top Gun swagger by Tom Cruise) ends up choosing the under-the-radar firm Bendini, Lambert Locke, in Memphis. He's impressed by its down-home charm and likes

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