The Client

The Client

DVD - 1994
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Mark Sway is an 11-year-old torn between what he knows and what he can never tell. A hitman will snuff him in half a heartbeat if Mark reveals what he learned about a Mob murder. An ambitious federal prosecutor will keep the pressure on until Mark tells all. Suddenly, Mark isn't a boy playing air guitar anymore. He's a pawn in a deadly game. And his only ally is a courageous but unseasoned attorney who risks her career for him ... but never imagines she'll also risk her life.
Publisher: Burbank, California : Warner Home Video, 1994, 1997.
ISBN: 9780790733579
0790733579
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 21, 2018

Man, this is probably the best movie about being a client and having a client ever made! J-Grish was on fleek in the 90s! This came out during the great Grish wave and is one of the most entertaining of the lot, partly because of the great cast. Sarandon and Jones go head to head. Lots of other people (J.T. Walsh! Brad Renfro [RIP]! Anthony Edwards! Mary-Louise Parker!) show up. You might also like: "The Firm," "A Time to Kill," "The Pelican Brief," legal thrillers in general.

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Emmaline9
Sep 05, 2017

I liked the book better.

britprincess1ajax Sep 25, 2016

THE CLIENT has all the trappings of a feel-good underdog story, but the creepy elements of a New Orleans crime boss and the less-than-honourable players in the judicial system darken this tale of a rough-around-the-edges boy who witnesses far too much and is shoved through circumstance between a rock and a hard place in an attempt to keep his family safe and still obey the law. Considering the titular character is Brad Renfro's first role, he knocks it out of the park, but the most valuable player here is Susan Sarandon whose performance as Reggie Love, his kind-hearted lawyer with a shaky past, is cleverly articulated without us ever losing faith in her. Reggie really goes above and beyond, and for reasons she knows only in her heart. The growing trust between attorney and client is key as everything begins to spin faster and faster. When everyone seems to be a villain, who do you trust? I tend to like John Grisham film adaptations and THE CLIENT is no different. I recommend it.

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trotter73
Nov 15, 2014

not a bad movie, but for whatever reason the kid got on my nerves more as the film progressed.

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MadisonParkMilo
Feb 18, 2014

While usually the case in most instances, the movie is a disappointment after the book. But Greshman spins the good plot that makes it interesting. The kid playing the Client played the best role. Tommy Lee Jones was much better than Susan Saradon who played a very marginal role. The latter was a casting rather than acting issue in my mind.

Brian_Scott Feb 10, 2014

This is one of Susan Sarandon's better movies, up there with Bull Durham, Dead Man Walking, and Thelma & Louise. And Tommy Lee Jones is pretty well hated as the lawyer trying to get a child to take the stand and tell a secret that was passed on to him by a lawyer who, soon after, committed suicide.

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surfing59
Sep 03, 2013

I havent read the book but i thought this movie was good. It kept you on your toes with the suspense of what was going to happen.

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Ferrous1
Dec 01, 2011

In a word - disappointing. I'd read the book - loved it - and was really looking forward to seeing the screen adaptation, but the book is much better. Despite the stellar actors,I felt the characters lacked nuance and the storyline tried too hard to hit only the key plot points.
The only good thing I got out of it was that I could finally separate out some of the myriad characters.
So - read the book, ignore the movie :)

dragonsnakes Mar 04, 2011

Both movie and book are good

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