The Client (1994)



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A sterling cast headed by Oscar-nominated Susan Sarandon makes this slick thriller one of the better adaptations of a John Grisham bestseller. Mark Sway (Brad Renfro) witnesses the suicide of a Mafia lawyer, who confesses that the Mob was behind the murder of a U.S. senator. Mark's brother is traumatized into a coma by the incident; gangster Barry Muldano (Anthony LaPaglia) is soon on Mark's trail, and in desperation, he arrives at the office of recovering alcoholic lawyer Reggie Love … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Akiva Goldsman, Robert Getchell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 1997
Warner Home Video


as Reggie Love

as Mark Sway

as Roy Foltrigg

as Dianne Sway

as Barry Muldano

as McThune

as Von Hooser

as Thomas Fink

as Sergeant Hardy

as Trumann

as Paul Gronke

as Ricky Sway

as Dr. Greenway

as Judge Harry Roosevel...

as Momma Love

as Wally Boxx

as Romey Clifford

as Claudette

as Johnny Sulari

as Harry Bono

as Gill Beale

as Detective Nassar

as Slick Moeller

as Jack Nance

as Patient in Wheelchai...

as Newscaster

as Newscaster

as Newscaster

as Newscaster

as Receptionist

as Agent Scherff

as Waiter at Antoine's

as Bailiff

as Ballatine

as Lieutenant

as Night Nurse

as Paramedic

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Emergency Nurse

as 3rd FBI Agent

as Special Agent Boch

as Pretty Girl

as Woman at Desire

as Officer

as Security Guard

as Security Guard

as Elvis Impersonator

as Ballentine's Wife

as Musician

as Helicopter Pilot

as Jet Pilot

as Pizza Man

as Pizza Man

as Announcer
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Critic Reviews for The Client

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10)

It's a successful frame-turner, no more, no less, and the pleasure we feel is every bit as mild and just as fleeting.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A high-voltage charge of suspense, action and humor.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It twists and turns in all the expected places, and almost never rises above the ordinary.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Not as satisfying as it should be.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Mindless, non-taxing fun, especially if you haven't read the book.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

This isn't a masterpiece of suspense, but it has its moments and is capable of providing some light summer entertainment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Client

I've been a fan of this ever since I was a kid, and back then, I was really in love with it, even though some of it went over my head, and I might have been a little too young to appreciate some of it. But, I've since read the book and watched it a few more times, and yeah, I think it holds up pretty nicely.

The plot follows that of a troubled young kid named Mark who, just before witnessing the suicide of a mob lawyer, became privy to some vital information. His brother is comatose due to also witnessing the death, and not only that, but Mark now finds himself hunted by both the mob who want to kill him and a determined federal attorney who wants to make him talk, possibly by force if needed. To help himself out, he gets representation from a recovering alkie lawyer, and their teaming up leads to healing and help for both of them.

Like I said, I saw this as a kid, so nostalgia plays a big role here for me. As a kid, I was initially not allowed to see this, becaue my parents thought it was a pretty hard PG-13, but eventually they lightened up, and it became a film we all would watch together once in a while. Since the source material is John Grisham, you know it's gonna be a pretty breezy and thrilling ride, but not without heart and some depth.

The cast populating this thing is quite remarkable. Brad Renfro made his debut here as Mark, and it was a great start to an unfortunately short career. Being somewhat unprofessional allowed his natural charisma and confidence to shine through, and he embodies Mark's mix of street-wise toughness and vulnerability with confidence and ease. To back him up, we gets the likes of Tommy Lee Jones, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony LaPaglia, Anthony Edwards, Ossie Davis, J.T. Walsh. And, they all deliver some good work.

This is one of the stronger efforts from Schumacher, and it came out before he began to get swept up in bloated super mainstream crap that, while sometimes entertaining, really doesn't matter.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

pretty good court room drama

danny d

Super Reviewer

Actually one of the only John Grisham novels that I've liked and this was definitely the best movie adaption. There's some great performances from essentially everyone and the story seemed to make more sense than it originally did. Joel Schumacher did a great job making this an accessible and fun movie that wasn't full of itself.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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