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Client

4.3 10
Director: Joel Schumacher

Cast: Joel Schumacher, Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

     
 

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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… See more details below

Overview

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 (Sarandon). With the Mob after them, and a ruthless federal attorney (Tommy Lee Jones) trying to force Mark to reveal what he knows, Love battles to guarantee the safety of her client and his family. The relationship between Reggie Love and Mark Sway is the center of the film, adding considerable character development to plot's routine elements. Director Joel Schumacher helmed another Grisham adaptation, A Time To Kill, in 1996.

Editorial Reviews

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The Client, against all logic, combined a number of dubious plot elements into a fairly entertaining thriller. The mid-'90s ushered in a glut of John Grisham adaptations that were at best guiltily entertaining (The Pelican Brief) and at worst deathly dull (The Chamber). The Client falls firmly into the former category, thanks in large part to a great cast and the straightforward direction of Joel Schumacher. When not trying too hard (Falling Down) or barely trying at all (Batman & Robin), Schumacher can keep a story moving along nicely. He's in fine form here, leading a cast in which even the minor roles are filled out by terrific actors. Similarly, the best Grisham-inspired films seem to be those with the least ambition. Without the capital punishment hand-wringing of The Chamber or the superficial racial politics of A Time to Kill (also directed by Schumacher), The Client counts as a minor but decided success. Susan Sarandon even manages to carve out a highly memorable role, playing a character whose difficult past informs her every choice. It may be more than the film needs, but it's a welcome contribution nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883929089031
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
2,000

Special Features

Closed Caption; Production notes; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Sarandon Reggie Love
Tommy Lee Jones Roy Foltrigg
Mary-Louise Parker Dianne Sway
Anthony LaPaglia Barry Muldano
Anthony Edwards Clint Von Hooser
Brad Renfro Mark Sway
Ossie Davis Harry Roosevelt
David Speck Ricky Sway
J.T. Walsh McThune
Will Patton Sgt. Hardy
Bradley Whitford Thomas Fink
Anthony Heald Trumann
Kim Coates Paul Gronke
William H. Macy Dr. Greenway
Micole Mercurio Mama Love
Kimberly Scott Doreen
William Sanderson Wally Boxx
Walter Olkewicz Romey Clifford
Amy Hathaway Karen
Jo Harvey Allen Claudette
Ron Dean Johnny Sulari
William Richert Harry Bono
Mali Finn Actor
Will Zahrn Gill Beale
Dan Castellaneta Slick Moeller
John Diehl Jack Nance
Tom Kagy Wheelchair Patient
Alex Coleman Newscaster
Andy Stahl Agent Scherff
Macon McCalman Ballatine
John Fink Lieutenant
Rebecca Jernigan Emergency Nurse
Tommy Cresswell FBI Agent
Mary McCusker Pretty Girl
Bettina Rose Woman at Desire
Anthony C. Hall Pizza Man
George Klein Announcer

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
Kevin Cross Set Decoration/Design
Guy Ferland Associate Producer
Ingrid Ferrin Costumes/Costume Designer
Mali Finn Casting
Larry Fioritto Special Effects
David Forrest Makeup
Robert Getchell Screenwriter
Akiva Goldsman Screenwriter
John Grisham Original Story
Petur Hliddal Musical Direction/Supervision
P. Michael Johnston Art Director
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Mary McLaglen Co-producer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Steven E. Reuther Producer
Robert Brown Editor
Bruno Rubeo Production Designer
Marco Rubeo Set Decoration/Design
Howard Shore Score Composer
Robert Wagner Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Client (Standard Version)
1. Sneaking a Smoke [3:34]
2. Death Wish [3:15]
3. "Call Me Romery" [3:09]
4. "See if it Works" [2:12]
5. Blade Wants / Know [2:02]
6. Tellin' the truth? [2:33]
7. Rev. Roy Rankled [1:57]
8. Sgt. and Shyster [4:16]
9. Out of Dark Place? [3:15]
10. Where Lawyers Are [1:35]
11. Hiring Reggie Love [2:50]
12. Barry in Hot Water [1:37]
13. A Few Questions [2:18]
14. Reggle Meets Boys [3:27]
15. One Day at a Time [2:46]
16. "You Like Kids?" [1:04]
17. Zeppelin Groupies [1:52]
18. Sob Story / Tattoos [2:02]
19. At Knifepoint [2:53]
20. Big-Time Hardball [3:48]
21. Momma Lave's [3:07]
22. Not Mark's Ride [:48]
23. "Asking for Help" [1:46]
24. Truth / Cigarette [4:08]
25. A Home in Flames [4:51]
26. Dialing for Pizza [2:14]
27. "Client, Isn't He?" [1:45]
28. Just Like them [2:16]
29. The Judge's Rules [3:51]
30. Mark on the Stand [4:08]
31. Death on a Napkin [1:47]
32. Not Your Child [1:40]
33. Hospital Emergency [4:16]
34. Jeanette Calling [2:31]
35. Asking for Help [3:04]
36. His Last Favor [1:15]
37. Toward New Orleans [1:09]
38. Trespassers [2:13]
39. In the Boathouse [1:30]
40. More Trespassers [2:17]
41. Running for Lives [1:05]
42. At Gunpoint [2:28]
43. Cutting a Deal [3:09]
44. No More Risk [:38]
45. A New Home [4:32]
46. "Don't Tell... Kid" [1:40]
47. End Credits [3:46]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Client (Widescreen Version)
1. Sneaking a Smoke [3:34]
2. Death Wish [3:15]
3. "Call Me Romey" [3:09]
4. "See if it Works" [2:12]
5. Blade Wants / Know [2:02]
6. Tellin' the Truth? [2:33]
7. Rev. Roy Rankled [1:57]
8. Sgt. and Shyster [4:16]
9. Out of Dark Place? [3:15]
10. Where Lawyers Are [1:35]
11. Hiring Reggie Love [2:50]
12. Barry in Hot Water [1:37]
13. A Few Questions [2:18]
14. Reggie Meets Boys [3:27]
15. One Day at a Time' [2:46]
16. "You Like Kids?" [1:04]
17. Zeppelin Groupies [1:52]
18. Sob Story / Tattoos [2:02]
19. At Knifepoint [2:53]
20. Bit-Time Hardball [3:48]
21. Momma Love's [3:07]
22. Not Mark's Ride [:48]
23. "Asking for Help" [1:46]
24. Truth / Cigarette [4:08]
25. A Home in Flames [4:51]
26. Dialing for Pizza [2:14]
27. "Client, Isn't He?" [1:45]
28. Just Like Them [2:16]
29. The Judge's Rules [3:51]
30. Mark on the Stand [4:08]
31. Death on a Napkin [1:47]
32. Not Your Child [1:40]
33. Hospital Emergency [4:16]
34. Jeanette Calling [2:31]
35. Asking for Help [3:04]
36. His Last Favor [1:15]
37. Toward New Orleans [1:09]
38. Trespassers [2:13]
39. In the Boathouse [1:30]
40. More Trespassers [2:17]
41. Running for Lives [1:05]
42. At Gunpoint [2:28]
43. Cutting a Deal [3:09]
44. No More Risk [:38]
45. A New Home [4:32]
46. "Don't Tell... Kid" [1:40]
47. End Credits [3:46]

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