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The Client -- A gripping adventure of a streetwise kid who, finding himself wanted by both the FBI and the mob, hires a lawyer to defend his right not to reveal what he knows about a mafia killing.
The Client -- 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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Writers (WGA):
John Grisham (novel)
Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 July 1994 (USA) See more »
A District Attorney Out For A Conviction. A New Lawyer Out Of Her League. A Young Boy Who Knew Too Much.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susan Sarandon ... Reggie Love

Tommy Lee Jones ... Roy Foltrigg

Mary-Louise Parker ... Dianne Sway

Anthony LaPaglia ... Barry Muldano

J.T. Walsh ... McThune

Anthony Edwards ... Clint Von Hooser

Brad Renfro ... Mark Sway

Will Patton ... Sgt. Hardy

Bradley Whitford ... Thomas Fink

Anthony Heald ... Trumann

Kim Coates ... Paul Gronke

Kimberly Scott ... Doreen
David Speck ... Ricky Sway

William H. Macy ... Dr. Greenway

Ossie Davis ... Harry Roosevelt

Micole Mercurio ... Momma Love

William Sanderson ... Wally Boxx

Walter Olkewicz ... Romey

Amy Hathaway ... Karen

Jo Harvey Allen ... Claudette

Ron Dean ... Johnny Sulari
William Richert ... Harry Bono

Will Zahrn ... Gill Beale
Mark Cabus ... Detective Nassar

Dan Castellaneta ... Slick Moeller

John Diehl ... Jack Nance
Tom Kagy ... Wheelchair Patient
Alex Coleman ... Newscaster
Linn Sitler ... Newscaster (as Linn Beck Sitler)
Stephanie Weaver ... Newscaster
Todd Demers ... Newscaster
Ashtyn Tyler ... Amber
Ruby Wilson ... Receptionist

Andy Stahl ... Agent Scherff
Ronnie Landry ... Waiter at Antoine's
Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... Bailiff (as Jeffry Ford)

Macon McCalman ... Ballatine
Michael Detroit ... Jail Medic
John Fink ... Lieutenant

Mimmye Goode ... Night Nurse
Robert Hatchett ... Paramedic
Connye Florance ... Telda
Sandra Bray ... Reporter
Yvonne Sanders ... Reporter

Norm Woodel ... Reporter
Karen Walker ... Reporter
Rebecca Jernigan ... Emergency Nurse

Tommy Cresswell ... Third FBI Agent
Nat Robinson ... Special Agent Boch

Mary McCusker ... Pretty Girl
Bettina Rose ... Woman at Desire
Joey Hadley ... Officer
Michael Sanders ... Officer
Angelo R. Sales ... Orderly

Chris Gray ... Security Guard (as Christopher Gray)
Jesse L. Dunlap ... Security Guard
Joe Kent ... Elvis Impersonator
Robbie Billings ... Ballentine's Wife
John Mason ... Musician
Robert H. Wiliams ... Musician
Darrell D. Johnson ... Musician
Mark Pyles ... Helicopter Pilot
Clay Lacy ... Jet Pilot
Gerry Loew ... Pizza Man

Anthony C. Hall ... Pizza Man
George Klein ... Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheri Lacker ... Fanning client (uncredited)
Jeff Price ... Night Janitor (uncredited)

Codie Scott ... Man at Table (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Schumacher 
Writing credits
John Grisham (novel)

Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) and
Robert Getchell (screenplay)

Produced by
Guy Ferland .... associate producer
Mary McLaglen .... co-producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Steven Reuther .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Bruno Rubeo 
Art Direction by
P. Michael Johnston 
James F. Truesdale 
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley 
Costume Design by
Ingrid Ferrin 
Makeup Department
David Forrest .... key makeup artist (as David Craig Forrest)
Lydia Milars .... makeup artist
Joe Montelongo .... special makeup effects
Rita Parillo .... hair stylist
Marie-Ange Ripka .... key hair stylist
Randy Westgate .... special makeup effects
Production Management
Cydney Bernard .... production supervisor
Mary McLaglen .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yudi Bennett .... assistant director
Pamela Kuri .... second second assistant director (as Pamela S. Kuri)
Daniel Silverberg .... second assistant director
Art Department
Richard Blankenship .... construction coordinator
Joseph Timothy Conway .... on-set dresser
Kevin Cross .... set designer
James C. Feng .... assistant art director
Tim Flattery .... illustrator
Tommy Gilbert .... set dresser (as Tom Gilbert)
Phil Goldstein .... stand-by painter
Julia G. Hickman .... art department coordinator
D. Blake Huff .... construction foreman
Steven Curtis Husch .... lead man
Stanley Pasay .... scenic foreman
Marco Rubeo .... set designer
David Touster .... property master
Chris Ubick .... assistant property master
Stephanie Waldron .... greensperson
David Weathers .... set dresser
Michael Zansky .... chargeman scenic artist
Wren Boney .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael R. Clark .... painter (uncredited)
Steven T. Duke .... property person (uncredited)
Alan Easley .... carpenter (uncredited)
Beauchamp Fontaine .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Frank Hendrick .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Jerry Edemann .... assistant sound editor
Louis L. Edemann .... sound editor (as Lou Edemann)
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Leonard T. Geschke .... sound editor (as Lenny Geschke)
Petur Hliddal .... sound mixer
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Evelyn Hokanson .... adr mixer
Andrea Horta .... adr editor
Adam Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor (as Nils Jensen)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Chet Leonard .... cable person
Angie Luckey .... assistant sound editor
Donald J. Malouf .... supervising sound editor
Gary Mundheim .... sound editor
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Mel Neiman .... processed effects by
John Roesch .... foley by
Rod Rogers .... adr assistant
Larry Singer .... adr supervisor
Mark Smith .... re-recording mixer
Christina Tucker .... adr mixer
Franklin Jones Jr. .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Wes Mattox .... special effects
Steve Wolf .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
Rick Barker .... stunts
Jim Cawley .... stunts
Mark De Alessandro .... stunts (as Mark DeAlessandro)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunt coordinator
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Kyle Morgan .... stunts
Leroy Reed .... stunts
Lori Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Lori Lynn Moss)
Yannick Derrien .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Simpson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Cohen .... additional first assistant camera: second unit
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator
Bart Flaherty .... best boy grip
Bill Floyd .... additional first assistant camera: second unit (as William Floyd)
Joseph E. Gallagher .... additional first assistant camera: second unit
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Jeff Hand .... first assistant camera
Sean Herlihy .... additional first assistant camera: second unit
Scott Herrick .... electrician
John Janusek .... key grip (as John 'Beef' Janusek)
Stephen Johnstone .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Stephen R. Johnstone)
Gábor Kövér .... additional camera operator: second unit
Michael Listorti .... dolly grip (as Michael Listori)
Larry Markart .... video assist operator
John R. McAleer Jr. .... second assistant camera (as John McAleer Jr.)
Stan McClain .... aerial director of photography: second unit (as Stan McLain)
Patrick Murray .... chief lighting technician (as Patrick M. Murray)
Brian S. Osmond .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Brian S. Osmond .... second assistant camera
Katherine Ruppe .... additional first assistant camera: second unit
Richard Smock .... rigging gaffer (as Richard C. Smock)
Demmie Todd .... still photographer
Robert Wagner .... director of photography: second unit
Curtis Failor .... additional electrician (uncredited)
David Leonard .... grip (uncredited)
Kevin B. May .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
John S. Moyer .... grip (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera technician: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Wells A. Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Darryl Wilson .... additional grip (uncredited)
Daniel Windels .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jo Doster .... local casting: Memphis
Gloria Hancock .... extras casting (as Gloria B. Hancock)
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
Chris Gray .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Martin .... set costumer
Rhona Meyers .... assistant costume designer
Mayes C. Rubeo .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Cameron Brown .... apprentice editor
Sean Hubbert .... assistant editor
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Pattye Rogers .... assistant editor
Location Management
Scott Elias .... location manager
Anna Mewbourne .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Jim Makiej .... assistant music editor
John Richards .... score mixer
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Howard Shore .... conductor
Howard Shore .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Laura Perlman .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bobby Jo Cawley .... transportation coordinator
Bill McLaren .... transportation co-captain
Leroy Reed .... transportation captain
Other crew
Katherine Agard .... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Mary Arnold .... assistant production coordinator
Benjamin Ballard .... production assistant
Shauna Beal .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Jennifer Blair .... production secretary
Lisa J. Bloch .... production assistant (as Lisa Joi Bloch)
Kim Bonham .... racoon handler
Edward Cass .... production assistant
Drew Clarke .... craft service
Mike Coty .... technical advisor
William Joe Ferguson .... first aid
Nicole Furia .... production accountant
Barbara Gaddy-Edrington .... racoon handler
Gavin Hitt .... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Brenda Holder .... first aid
Nancy Hopton .... script supervisor
Rachel Hudgins .... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Alan Jacques .... rear screen projection (as Al Jacques)
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Laura L. Lawson .... studio teacher
Brian Manis .... production assistant
Jill Maxcy .... production assistant
Mary McCusker .... acting coach
Patrick McDill .... assistant: Ms. McLaglen
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Belita Moreno .... acting coach
Kris Nielsen .... production coordinator
Andrea Rapke .... production assistant
Patty Reid .... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Bettina Rose .... assistant: Mr. Schumacher
Danny Rose .... production assistant
Joanie Spates .... assistant production accountant
Susan Thomas .... craft service
Dirk Vahle .... helicopter pilot: second unit
Doug Burch .... adr voice (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Anthony Michael Frederick .... stand-in (uncredited)
Andrea Larsen .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Leslie K. Nelson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Billy Pittard .... title designer (uncredited)
Edward Poveda .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for a child in jeopardy and brief language
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13
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Did You Know?

Joel Schumacher proposed "movie marriage" to Susan Sarandon in the middle of a crowded New York City restaurant during the summer of 1993 in order to convince her to do the movie. She agreed to make the film a few days later.See more »
Continuity: (at around 1h 40 mins) Navigation lights on the speed boat get reversed. Barry the Blade and his henchmen depart from a dock in a boat that has the green starboard light on the port (left-hand) side. We see the boat again and the green starboard light is now correctly on the right-hand side. When the boat arrives at the boathouse, the green light is now on the right and the red light is on the left.See more »
Roy:You've been awful busy, Reggie, obstruction of justice, tampering with federal evidence,
[pauses as he taps his pen on the table]
Roy:contributing to the delinquency of a minor, you've been REAL busy.
Reggie:Oh Roy, I am so FLATTERED that you noticed!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.217" (2006)See more »
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19 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Above Average Legal Tale., 20 October 2004
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

Wow, what a cast! And they all deliver the goods too. Susan Sarandon is an exceptional actress. Watch the scene in "Dead Man Walking" when she visits the family of one of the victims. She doesn't just sit quietly. She actively "listens" to them. And Tommy Lee Jones uncovers the comic side of his dashing political lawyer. Even the eleven-year-old kid gives a spot on performance, anything but cute, which is a relief. The smaller roles are equally well done although there is less to be done well. J. T. Walsh is always good. Mary-Louise Parker never makes a wrong move as the stressed-out mother. Ossie Davis is a monumental presence as the judge. Bill Macy is given only a few lines.

The script isn't bad either, especially in the first half of the film, in which the characters are being established. There are, alas, three clichés.

The bad guys LOOK like move bad guys usually look. They dress in black, have long greasy hair, are engraved with threatening jailhouse tattoos of barbed wire and things, and they never seem to enjoy themselves.

There are also two stereotypical scenes which really should have been avoided. In the first, the boy, Renfro, is trying to sneak out of a hospital. He pokes his face through a door into the reception room, where he sees his mother and two cops walking around. In the shadows he also spots the man he knows is trying to murder him. So what does he do? Does he run to his Mom and the police for protection? Certainly not. He does what aay potential murder victim would do. He dashes away from safety, down several flights of an empty stairway, followed closely by the squinter with a knife. The scene that follows is lifted straight out of "Coma," with the killer being locked in a refrigerator.

The other stereotyped situation is towards the end, when (just by the most improbable of coincidences) Sarandon and Renfro reach an empty boat house at the same time as three of the heavies. The two innocents try to avoid being discovered. There is a lot of tiptoeing around on creaky boards, a foot chase through some bushes, one of those scenes in which one person holds a gun on a second, and the second smiles and says, "You don't have the guts to pull the trigger," and walks up closer to the muzzle.

I've pointed out these weaknesses not because this is a bad movie. It's really pretty good. But the cast is so outstanding that any weakness in the story is the more highly illuminated.

See it, if only to see the range of facial expressions into which Jones is able to fashion his face.

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