The Client

The Client

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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Mark Sway, an 11-year-old torn between what he knows and what he can never tell. A hit man 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: [United States] : Regency, 2012.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780780696280
078069628X
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA CLIE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Client (Motion picture)

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Emmaline9
Sep 05, 2017

I liked the book better.

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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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DASTardlyGal
Dec 24, 2015

Read the book when it came out. Loved it. Saw the movie when it first came out. Did not love it. Susan Sarandon and Brad Renfro ruined it for me and I was nothing but disappointed. When I read the book, I pictured Reggie Love, as described as perhaps being portrayed by Kathy Bates OR, perhaps, by Beatrice Arthur. Not a lisping, Southern accented glamorous Susan Sarandon. Ruined it for me. Brad Renfro was just a little too bratty for my tastes in the movie and he ruined it for me, too. Just couldn't enjoy it with those two factors distracting me throughout the movie. I'll admit, it was good, but it would have been better if they used an older actress to play Reggie like John Gresham intended. I know others LOVE this movie, but, I just wish they would have used Kathy Bates or Beatrice Arthur, or Rue MacClanahan or ANYONE but Susan Sarandon. JMHO.

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COURIER3
Dec 23, 2015

Great story. 2 hours way too long. Too street wise for a 11 year old, who did a great job of acting. Very traumatic for two young boys to go through with the mob!!!!!!

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JackPurcell
Oct 08, 2015

A surprisingly successful piece of work ... Even Tommy Lee Jones does a credible job. They maintain a good level of suspense while the plot moves forward with no gratuitous tit-shots, no slow motion flashbacks and believable characters, dialogue and setting.

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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 :)

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