John Grisham Online: The Client

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green and white leafed plantsThe Client

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.

Synopsis written by Don Kaye, All Movie Guide

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IMDB user rating: 6.4/10

Runtime: 119 min


Oscar Nomination (Susan Sarandon for Best Actress in a Leading Role)

(Susan Sarandon for Best Actress in a Leading Role) BAFTA Film Award (Susan Sarandon for Best Actress)

(Susan Sarandon for Best Actress) Young Artist Award (Brad Renfro for Best Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture)

(Brad Renfro for Best Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture) ASCAP Award (Howard Shore for Top Box Office Films)



Susan Sarandon – Reggie Love

Tommy Lee Jones – Roy Foltrigg

Mary-Louise Parker – Dianne Sway

Anthony LaPaglia – Barry Muldano

Anthony Edwards – Clint Von Hooser

Ossie Davis – Harry Roosevelt

Brad Renfro – Mark Sway

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

Tom Kagy – Wheelchair Patient

Andy Stahl – Agent Scherff

Anthony C. Hall – Pizza Man

Will Zahrn – Gill Beale

Mali Finn

Bettina Rose – Woman at Desire

John Diehl – Jack Nance

John Fink – Lieutenant

Dan Castellaneta – Slick Moeller

Alex Coleman – Newscaster

Macon McCalman – Ballatine

Mary McCusker – Pretty Girl

Rebecca Jernigan – Emergency Nurse

George Klein – Announcer

Tommy Cresswell – FBI Agent

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