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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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Reggie Love
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Roy Foltrigg
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Dianne Sway
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Barry Muldano
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McThune
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Clint Von Hooser
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Mark Sway
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Sgt. Hardy
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Thomas Fink
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Trumann
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Paul Gronke
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Doreen
David Speck ...
Ricky Sway
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Dr. Greenway
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Harry Roosevelt
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Momma Love
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Wally Boxx
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Romey
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Karen
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Claudette
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Johnny Sulari
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Harry Bono
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Gill Beale
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Detective Nassar
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Slick Moeller
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Jack Nance
Tom Kagy ...
Patient in Wheelchair
Alex Coleman ...
Newscaster
Linn Sitler ...
Newscaster (as Linn Beck Sitler)
Stephanie Weaver ...
Newscaster
Todd Demers ...
Newscaster
Ashtyn Tyler ...
Amber
Ruby Wilson ...
Receptionist
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Agent Scherff
Ronnie Landry ...
Waiter at Antoine's
Jeffrey Buckner Ford ...
Bailiff (as Jeffry Ford)
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Ballatine
Michael Detroit ...
Jail Medic
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Lieutenant
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Night Nurse
Robert Hatchett ...
Paramedic
Connye Florance ...
Telda
Sandra Bray ...
Reporter
Yvonne Sanders ...
Reporter
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Reporter
Karen Walker ...
Reporter
Rebecca Jernigan ...
Emergency Nurse
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Third FBI Agent
Nat Robinson ...
Special Agent Boch
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Pretty Girl
Bettina Rose ...
Woman at Desire
Joey Hadley ...
Officer
Michael Sanders ...
Officer
Angelo R. Sales ...
Orderly
Christopher Gray ...
Security Guard
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
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Pizza Man
George Klein ...
Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheri Lacker ...
Fanning client (uncredited)
Jeff Price ...
Night Janitor (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Man at Table (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joel Schumacher ... (directed by)

Written by

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John Grisham ... (novel)
 
Akiva Goldsman ... (screenplay) and
Robert Getchell ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Guy Ferland ... associate producer
Mary McLaglen ... co-producer
Arnon Milchan ... producer (produced by)
Steven Reuther ... producer (produced by)

Music by

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Howard Shore ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Tony Pierce-Roberts ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Brown ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Cameron Brown ... apprentice editor
Sean Hubbert ... assistant editor
Bob Kaiser ... color timer
Pattye Rogers ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Mali Finn ... (casting by)

Production Design by

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Bruno Rubeo

Art Direction by

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P. Michael Johnston
James F. Truesdale

Set Decoration by

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Anne D. McCulley

Costume Design by

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Ingrid Ferrin

Makeup Department

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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

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Cydney Bernard ... production supervisor
Mary McLaglen ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yudi Bennett ... assistant director
Pamela Kuri ... second second assistant director (as Pamela S. Kuri)
Daniel Silverberg ... second assistant director

Art Department

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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

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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

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Larry Fioritto ... special effects coordinator
Wes Mattox ... special effects
Steve Wolf ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Stunts

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Rick Barker ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Jim Cawley ... stunts
Mark De Alessandro ... stunts (as Mark DeAlessandro)
Glory Fioramonti ... stunt coordinator / 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

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Michael Cohen ... additional first assistant camera: second unit
Pam Connor ... grip
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 / 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

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Jo Doster ... local casting: Memphis
Gloria Hancock ... extras casting (as Gloria B. Hancock)
Emily Schweber ... casting associate
Christopher Gray ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Alan Martin ... set costumer
Rhona Meyers ... assistant costume designer
Mayes C. Rubeo ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Anna M. Elias ... assistant location manager (as Anna Mewbourne)
Scott Elias ... location manager

Music Department

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Mitchell Leib ... executive in charge of music
Jim Makiej ... assistant music editor
John Richards ... score mixer
Ellen Segal ... music editor
Howard Shore ... conductor / orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Laura Perlman ... music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Bobby Jo Cawley ... transportation coordinator
Bill McLaren ... transportation co-captain
Leroy Reed ... transportation captain

Other crew

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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
Dana Kristen Vahle ... helicopter pilot: second unit (as Dirk Vahle)
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)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. .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 lawyer told Mark where the body is which is why he wants to speak to him. Mark goes to meet Roy and when he threatens him, Mark steps out then Reggie comes in with a recording of his conversation with Mark telling him that made several violations. In the meantime, the mobster is told by the head of the family to take care of Mark. So he threatens Mark. Mark doesn't know what to do and learns that Reggie has some secrets of her own and is uncertain if he can trust her. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Keywords
Taglines A District Attorney Out For A Conviction. A New Lawyer Out Of Her League. A Young Boy Who Knew Too Much. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le client (France)
  • Der Klient (Germany)
  • El cliente (Spain)
  • El client (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Päämies (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Box Office

Budget $45,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $117,600,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia At the time of filming, author John Grisham had casting approval over all film adaptations of his work, and specified that "no professional child actors in Hollywood" be cast as Mark Sway. He felt that the film wouldn't work with a well-known child actor (sporting a phony accent) in the role and that by casting an unknown in the part (preferably from the Memphis area, where the story is set) the film's credibility wouldn't be compromised. Brad Renfro, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee beat out thousands of actors for the role, including Macaulay Culkin. See more »
Goofs Some have suggested that Mark could not be charged with obstruction of justice simply for lying or refusing to cooperate with the FBI, because of the 5th Amendment. This is not true. Lying to the FBI/prosecutor/police officer can result in a charge of obstruction. Refusing to answer questions will quickly result in a formal subpoena; if one then continues to refuse to testify, he could be charged with contempt. The right not to speak to police or prosecutors (the 5th Amendment) only consists of the right not to incriminate oneself of a crime. However, at the court hearing, Reggie tries to argue around this limitation by pointing out that the prosecutors vaguely implied that Mark could've been involved in killing the lawyer. But the judge doesn't buy it (and the prosecutors could easily get around the problem by giving Mark a guarantee of immunity). If he refused to testify, Mark could be charged with contempt of court. If he lied, he could be charged with obstruction of justice, lying to a federal agent, and/or perjury. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Client/Lassie/It Could Happen to You/North/Barcelona (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Heartbreak Hotel See more »
Quotes Lawyer's Secretary: Where are your parents?
Mark: Where are yours?
Lawyer's Secretary: Are you even injured?
Mark: Do I look injured?
Lawyer's Secretary: Well, we only do injuries.
Mark: Well, I'll just go get hit by a truck and come back.
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