Der Klient (1994)

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Der Klient: Directed by Joel Schumacher. With Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony LaPaglia. 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.

“u0026#39;The Clientu0026#39; is perhaps one of the many films that wonu0026#39;t be enjoyed as much after one has read the book. I, having not read John Grishamu0026#39;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. u0026#39;The Clientu0026#39; is further backed up by strong performances. Susan Sarandon makes full use of her powerful screen presence and easily stands out. No wonder sheu0026#39;s an exceptional actress. Reggie Love is one of her most memorable performances (among the so many sheu0026#39;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, itu0026#39;s an interesting film with a flawed but gripping plot and marvelous performances.”

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