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The Client (1994)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 20 July 1994 (USA)
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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A District Attorney Out For A Conviction. A New Lawyer Out Of Her League. A Young Boy Who Knew Too Much.

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

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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$92,115,211 (USA)
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Joel Schumacher would later direct Tommy Lee Jones one more time in Batman Forever (1995). See more »

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Reggie's hand (not) on her hip when talking to Mark. See more »

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Reggie: You've been lyin' to me. You got three to tell me the truth, 1... 2... 3...
Mark: YOU'RE THE LIAR! KEEP THE DOLLAR! YOU'RE FIRED!
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Earnest movie with idiotic plot
15 May 2000 | by (Ottawa, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This movie was my introduction to Grisham. After viewing it, I felt I would have been better off being introduced to a wad of bubble gum clogging up a rusty drain. The premise to the film plays false, and the ensuing plot has more holes in it than a junkie. That'd be forgivable, if the characters were enjoyable, but they're not. Low point of the movie: the scene where the lawyer and the brat bare their souls, talking about their lousy childhoods. Since when did surviving a lousy childhood make you some kind of special person? It's that New Age hoky victims-are-beautiful psychobabble at work here. Maybe that's why Grisham is so popular. God forbid it's because of his idiotic sense of plot.


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