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The Client (1994)

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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.

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writers:

John Grisham (novel), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 David Speck ... Ricky Sway
William H. Macy ... Dr. Greenway
Ossie Davis ... Harry Roosevelt
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cliente See more »

Filming Locations:

Clinton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$92,115,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Elvis PEZ dispenser was designed specifically for this movie, by the props department, and has never been made by PEZ. See more »

Goofs

Mark's hairstyle when talking to the thug in the hospital changes from having the part on his right side at 45:21 on the DVD sweeping to his left across his forehead to having the part on his left side at 45:25 sweeping to his right across his forehead. At other points in the film, such as 28:51 when he first talks with Reggie, the part runs down the middle of his head. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Will & Grace: William, Tell (1998) See more »

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Heartbreak Hotel
Written by Mae Boren Axton (as Mae Anton), Tommy Durden and Elvis Presley
Produced and Performed by Steve Tyrell
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Compelling, engrossing and well acted thriller.
17 March 2003 | by SilverzeroSee all my reviews

"The Client" is an enjoyable and well executed thriller overall. While the directing, script and overall product are far from amazing and sometimes quite bland, the Oscar level performances compensate for the easily over-seeable flaws.

Perhaps the child of the title, Brad Renfro, can be annoying in parts he gives a decent enough performance nonetheless. Too bad about the drinks and drugs problem he has today. Susan Sarandon gives another terrific performance, this time as an alcoholic lawyer. Tommy Lee Jones' character doesn't have much to do with the plot but he's a welcome addition to the film, even though.

While it is easy to find fault with the film it's easier to just sit back and enjoy it. I chose the latter so I thought it was a good, if not spectacular movie overall. 6.8/10.


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