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The Client (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  20 July 1994 (USA)
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A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney to protect him when the district attorney tries to use him to take down a mob family.



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Mark Sway is an 11 year old boy who lives with his mother and brother in a trailer. One day he and his brother are hanging out when a car pulls over beside them. The driver then sticks a hose in his exhaust and puts the other end into the car. Mark pulls it out. But the man sees him and grabs him and takes inside the car. The man talks to Mark then later shoots himself. The shock sends Mark's brother into a catatonic state. The police question him and slips out some stuff that makes them think he's saying more than he knows. Roy Foltrigg, a prosecutor with political ambitions tells Mark he wants to talk to him tomorrow. Mark feeling that he needs a lawyer, sees Reggie Love. Mark tells her about the man who killed himself. Reggie tells him he's a mob lawyer. And one of his clients is a member of a mob family who is suspected of killing a Senator who was trying to take down his family. But because the Senator's body is missing, they can't prosecute him. Reggie thinks Foltrigg thinks the... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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lawyer | mafia | senator | brother | boy | See All (124) »


A District Attorney Out For A Conviction. A New Lawyer Out Of Her League. A Young Boy Who Knew Too Much.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a child in jeopardy and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cliente  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)


£2,100,033 (UK) (11 November 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Polly Holliday appears in archival footage as Mark watches TV in a hospital waiting area. Holliday later played "Momma Love" in the TV series adapted from "The Client." See more »


As Mark crawls up to Romey's car from the right hand side, Romy sees him out of the right wing mirror viewed from inside the car from 06:38 to 06:40 on the DVD. In the mirror, Mark is crawling straight toward the mirror, while in previous and subsequent shots he is crawling to the back of the car from the side. See more »


Roy: Okay... what do you want?
Reggie: You have access to a private jet?
Roy: I do.
Reggie: Send it to Memphis, have it pick up Diane and Ricky Sway, bring them here. The whole family enters the Witness Protection program. Well, how are we doing so far?
Roy: [writing] Nothing I can't live with.
Reggie: The program sets them up with a fair income, and a nice little house. White, with a walk-in closet.
[off Roy's look]
Reggie: Well, write it down. "Walk-in closet."
Roy: [sarcastic] Is "walk in" hyphenated?
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Written by W.C. Handy (as William C. Handy)
Performed by Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans, LA
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By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Good performances here; some plot holes
9 October 2001 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Somehow the plot holes didn't seem so glaring in Grisham's novel. Anyway, this is one of Susan Sarandon's many excellent performances. And Tommy Lee Jones gleefully chews the scenery here. You might think he is overacting, but he is really playing a character that comes across that way. Brad Renfro was an excellent find for this part. I haven't seen him in anything else, though. I imagine his Southern accent will hurt in getting other roles. Current TV stars Bradley Whitford and Anthony Edwards were non-entities in this film. It's a good film, not great. Grade B-

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