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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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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)
Fontaine Beauchamp Hebb .... 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 .... production sound mixer
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Evelyn Hokanson .... adr mixer
Andrea Horta .... adr editor
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Jenkins .... sound 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 sound effects
John Roesch .... foley artist
Rod Rogers .... adr assistant
Larry Singer .... adr supervisor
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Christina Tucker .... adr mixer
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)
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
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
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)
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
Scott Elias .... location manager
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
Anna Mewbourne .... assistant location manager
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?

Anthony Edwards and William H. Macy both appeared together in "ER" (1994) later in 1994. Susan Sarandon would also later make a guest appearance. That series would also prove to be the breakout role for George Clooney, who would work with director Joel Schumacher in Batman & Robin (1997).See more »
Continuity: The position of the cigarettes that Mark steals from his mother's purse.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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Such interesting characters come from John Grisham, 19 July 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Ironically enough I saw a Perry Mason episode a few days earlier where a young kid around Brad Renfro's age comes to Raymond Burr seeking legal advice and got taken on as a client eventually. I wonder if John Grisham saw the episode and got the germ of an idea for a book.

Renfro is a most wanted individual. He saw a lawyer from New Orleans kill himself and before he died he revealed where the missing body of a Louisiana State Senator was. It seems as though organized crime put a hit on him and the discovery of said body will cinch an indictment against Anthony LaPaglia the number one contract killer in the New Orleans mob.

So US Attorney Tommy Lee Jones wants Renfro. LaPaglia wants to silence him. It's all way too overwhelming for Renfro's mother, some poor white trash woman played by Mary Louise Parker. And too overwhelming for Renfro who finds Susan Sarandon as an attorney who will guard his interests.

Susan Sarandon got a Best Actress nomination for this film and on the strength of her scenes as a righteous attorney guarding Renfro's interests and her very tender scenes with Renfro earning his trust which was not easy. Sarandon hits all the right notes and every emotion from her in this film rings true to life.

Brad Renfro was a complete unknown who was cast in the film because he was a local kid and he does come across as a real kid and very well. Half of Sarandon's nomination should have been credited to him. Sad indeed that he proved to be another young Hollywood tragedy.

Down in the cast in a small part that he really makes count is Ossie Davis playing a judge who is trying to sort out everyone's rights in this situation. Davis was a great authority figure on the bench.

John Grisham novels have such interesting characters they seem to be almost ready made for a screen adaption. The Client is no exception here, you will be engrossed in the story within seconds of starting to watch this film.

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