The Client

July 20th, 1994


The Client

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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.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.5/10 (24,715 voted)

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro

A street-wise kid, Mark Sway, sees the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is Barry 'The Blade' Muldano, a Mafia hit-man. Before Jerome shoots himself, he tells Mark where the body of Senator Boyd Boyette is buried. Mark escapes, and Clifford shoots himself. Mark is found at the scene, and both the FBI and the Mafia quickly realize that Mark probably knows more than he says. Mark decides he needs a lawyer, and goes looking for one. He finds Reggie Love, who also becomes convinced that Mark knows more than he says, but Mark isn't talking...

Writers: John Grisham, Akiva Goldsman

Susan Sarandon - Regina "Reggie" Love
Tommy Lee Jones - 'Reverend' Roy Foltrigg
Mary-Louise Parker - Dianne Sway
Anthony LaPaglia - Barry 'The Blade' Muldano
J.T. Walsh - Jason McThune
Anthony Edwards - Clint Von Hooser
Brad Renfro - Mark Sway
Will Patton - Sergeant Hardy
Bradley Whitford - Thomas Fink
Anthony Heald - Larry Trumann
Kim Coates - Paul Gronke
Kimberly Scott - Doreen
David Speck - Ricky Sway
William H. Macy - Dr. Greenway
Ossie Davis - Judge Harry Roosevelt

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

Release Date: 20 July 1994

Filming Locations: Clinton, Mississippi, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $117,600,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This was Brad Renfro's film debut.

Revealing mistakes: The guy in the hospital waiting room being bothered by the lawyer has a broken collar bone, yet he wheels himself out of there with both arms, very strongly.

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!

User Review

Flawed but Gripping


'The Client' is perhaps one of the many films that won't be enjoyed as much after one has read the book. I, having not read John Grisham's novel, quite enjoyed it. Sure the movie has its flaws in the form of plot holes, caricatures, obvious clichés etc, but it essentially manages to keep the viewer engaged. 'The Client' is further backed up by strong performances. Susan Sarandon makes full use of her powerful screen presence and easily stands out. No wonder she's an exceptional actress. Reggie Love is one of her most memorable performances (among the so many she's already given). The late Brad Renfro, as the young Sway, is very competent and does impress in several scenes. Tommy Lee Jones is funny (both intentionally and unintentionally). From the supporting cast, Mary-Louise Parker leaves a mark. William H. Macy barely has more than a few lines but has a dignified presence. The villains both look and act like caricatures. In a nutshell, it's an interesting film with a flawed but gripping plot and marvelous performances.


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