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  • Actors: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony LaPaglia
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Akiva Goldsman, John Grisham, Robert Getchell
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Guy Ferland, Mary McLaglen, Steven Reuther
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CQ9L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,782 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Third adaptation of lawyer-turned-novelist John Grisham's books. When young Mark and his brother sneak off to the woods for a smoke, they stumble upon a fat mob lawyer about to commit suicide, who tells Mark where a dead body is hidden. When his brother falls into a coma, Mark is questioned by a hard-boiled FBI Attorney (Tommy Lee Jones), with only his lawyer (Susan Sarandon) battling for her young client's safety from the mob's hitmen.

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The exceptionally fine cast--Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, J T Walsh, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Edwards, William H. Macy, Anthony LaPaglia, Ossie Davis and Brad Renfro--goes a long way toward making The Client one of the more solidly enjoyable screen adaptations of a John Grisham southern gothic legal thriller. Teen-hearthrob Renfro is a natural, playing a kid whose life is in jeopardy after he witnesses the death of a Mob lawyer. Susan Sarandon is the attorney who decides to look after the boy; nobody can match her when it comes to playing strong and protective maternal figures (Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo's Oil, Dead Man Walking). Sarandon won her fourth Oscar nomination as best actress for this role, before finally winning the following year for Dead Man Walking. Author Grisham was so impressed with former window dresser/fashion designer/screenwriter-turned-director Joel Schumacher's work on this movie that he later asked him to direct A Time to Kill. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 23 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
You gotta hand it to John Grisham: Nobody has the various lawyer cliches down pat as well as him - in fact, it almost seems as if he invented or at least, reinvented many of them. As in most of his thrillers, we get a whole handful in "The Client": the slimy mafia lawyer, the power-hungry politician-to-be, the self-aggrandizing ambulance-chaser, the grandfatherly judge and, of course, the motherly family law practitioner who turned to legal practice after overcoming a few troubles of her own. I think that leaves only the greedy corporate attorney, his cousin the corrupt judge and their perpetual antagonists, the starving public interest lawyer and the inquisitive student prodigy unrepresented here; but still, not a bad collection for a single thriller, even by Grisham. (And that doesn't even include the count of dumb and/or malicious cops, slick tabloid journalists and ruthless mobsters running around in this story.) But never mind: "The Client" is one of John Grisham's best-ever novels, and this movie surpasses many another big-screen adaptation of his books by several leagues. For Grisham at the top of his game is also an excellent storyteller, and in the hands of director Joel Schumacher his tale of beleaguered eleven-year-old Mark Sway who gets in trouble by becoming the reluctant last confidant of suicidal defense attorney Jerome "Romey" Clifford comes to life in spot-on and truly gripping fashion.Read more ›
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This film features Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones as opposing lawyers, when two young boy witness a mob lawyer kill himself after first disclosing some secrets to one of the terrified boys, This particular boy is played by the now sadly departed Brad Renfro who as Mark Sway acts the established actors off screen, the story is slight but able to propel the film along, but without Renfro it would be almost a caricature of a movie with TLJ chewing the scenery as Reverend Roy Foltrigg, When Mark has been sufficiently scared by the police he seeks out a lawyer and finds Sarandons Reggie Love, an alcoholic who lost her own children and so begins the battle of David and Goliath with mob hitman in the background trying to kill Mark.

It remains an utterly engaging film but mainly because of the powerhouse performance of a young Brad Renfro who sadly never lived to become the legend his performance suggests.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Based on the John Grisham novel the film stars Tommy Lee Jones who plays a federal prosecutor only interested in getting information from a young boy who witnessed an important witnesses final moments without any regard for his welfare. Susan Sarandon steps in as a hard nosed lawyer who is intent on protecting the boy. With some great courtroom scenes this film is great for John Grisham fans and those who are after watching a good all round film.
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By Mr. M. Henson on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
I don't regard myself as any type of film critic, but I enjoy what suits my mode at any one time...comedy, fiction, history, escapism, and if a film endears me to watch it more than once, then it has done the job!

I watched this, immediately lent it to my parents to watch, and got it back straight away to watch again! The acting from the younsters of the cast is first class, and the older professionals do what they do well. The whole story is quite believable, with some really go twists and suspension!

Highly Recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Weeks on 22 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
A faithful adaptation of the novel. Jones and Sarandon are excellent. Sometimes the diction could have been clearer.
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Bought out of interest, having just read the book. The Grisham films go at a fair clip compared to the books, and much detail is discarded. Also the popular culture of the Southern US states: racism, sexism etc. can seem a bit jarring. A good film usually makes itself felt in the first few minutes, and this is no exception.
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By butterfly15862 on 3 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A fab dvd and in blue ray even better and my dvd is a multi player so there was no problem with it being a US import
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By M. Balcombe on 26 April 2009
Format: DVD
Strong and beliveable roles from all the cast, I watched the film first then brought the book, only one or two minor changes between the two, I really enjoyed watching but had a twinge of sadness over Brad Renfo, what a waste of a live
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