Film and TV Locations « Back to List The Firm (1993) Description Based on John Grisham's popular novel, this thriller stars Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Gene Hackman. Cruise plays the lead character Mitch McDeere, a promising young attorney. He is offered a lucrative job by "The Firm" in Memphis, only to have two associates murdered after he joins. He soon discovers not all is at it appears to be at "The Firm." Portions of the movie were filmed at the Marion Hotel, which served as an apartment location, and at Southland Gaming and Racing in West Memphis. Directed by Sidney Pollack. Source: Amazon.com Wikipedia Directions: Southland Gaming & Racing is located at 1550 North Ingram Blvd. just off I-40 in West Memphis. Marion is approximately 10 miles north of West Memphis via I-55. Trivia: Author John Grisham was born in Jonesboro and lived in various locations around Northeast Arkansas while growing up.