• The Client (1994)

The Client

Release Date: July 20th, 1994

DVD Release Date: December 17th, 1997

PG-13 |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

Fast-paced thriller, based on the John Grisham bestseller, about a boy whose life is endangered after he stumbles across vital information about a politician's murder. His lawyer is the only person offering protection from the unwanted attentions of the Mob and the FBI - but is she capable of saving his life?

Cast: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony LaPaglia, Anthony Edwards, Ossie Davis, Brad Renfro, David Speck

Director: Joel Schumacher

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Gripping, Escape, Mystery, Murder, Pursuit, 1990s, Mother, Investigation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Sometimes, it's exciting to watch a movie formula jell on screen-and that's what you can see happening in The Client, the latest, and best, of three successive films adapted from legal thrillers by John Grisham. show more

  • 75
    Desmond RyanPhiladelphia Inquirer

    In effect, The Client is a clever and pliant variation on the classic Hitchcock situation that puts a kid, instead of an adult, between the authorities and villainous criminals. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    For a little while The Client seems as though it's going to be a battle of wits between the two lawyers played by Sarandon and Jones. The interplay between the two is the best thing about the movie. [20 July 1994, p.E1]

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role