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The Client

Still of Susan Sarandon and Brad Renfro in The ClientStill of Tommy Lee Jones, Susan Sarandon and William Sanderson in The Client


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)

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


David Speck

Ricky Sway

William H. Macy

Dr. Greenway

Ossie Davis

Judge Harry Roosevelt

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


Gross: $117,600,000

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.


You've been awful busy, Reggie, obstruction of justice, tampering with federal evidence,
[pauses as he taps his pen on the table]

contributing to the delinquency of a minor, you've been REAL busy.

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