The Client

Synopsis: Mark Sway is an 11 year old boy who lives with his mother and brother in a trailer. One day he and his brother are hanging out when a car pulls over beside them. The driver then sticks a hose in his exhaust and puts the other end into the car. Mark pulls it out. But the man sees him and grabs him and takes inside the car. The man talks to Mark then later shoots himself. The shock sends Mark's brother into a catatonic state. The police question him and slips out some stuff that makes them think he's saying more than he knows. Roy Foltrigg, a prosecutor with political ambitions tells Mark he wants to talk to him tomorrow. Mark feeling that he needs a lawyer, sees Reggie Love. Mark tells her about the man who killed himself. Reggie tells him he's a mob lawyer. And one of his clients is a member of a mob family who is suspected of killing a Senator who was trying to take down his family. But because the Senator's body is missing, they can't prosecute him. Reggie thinks Foltrigg thinks the
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Joel Schumacher
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

Ricky! Son!

Come back here!

Don't be too late.

I want you in by dark.

Watch out for your brother.

- I can watch out for myself.

- Can not!

Don't worry, Mama.

Why must you watch out for me?

Hush up.

Don't be reading anymore scary comics.

You hear me, Ricky?

- Whatever.

- He can't sleep.

I'll miss my bus. I'll be late again.

I'll get docked for sure.

There's some macaroni and cheese

in the cabinet, okay?

Got your lunch?


Exact change for the bus?

Oh, shoot, baby, thank you.

Forget my head...

...if it wasn't screwed on.

You stay out of them woods.

You hear me, Mark?

Bye, baby.

- Come on, give me a cigarette!

- No way!

Mark, wait!

Catch me, I'll give you one.

I can't run that fast.

Catch me!

Wait up!

You'll never get your smoke.

- We' re not supposed to go in the woods.

- Go home, I'll smoke them!

Come get me!

Come on, Ricky! Catch me.

Come on, give me one.

No way, pal!

I'll tell Mom.


You know the deal.

- If I tell, you'll kick my ass.

- That's right.

- If you smoke more than one a day...

- You'll kick my ass again.

That's right.

- How many do you smoke a day?

- Only one. I'm smart.

Will one a day kill me?

Not soon, but any more than that,

you'd be in deep shit.

- How many does Mom smoke?


And what about Dad?

A hundred a day.

He's going to die soon.

I wish. Sit here.

Don't try to swallow the smoke yet.

You' re not ready for that.

You'll just choke and puke

all over the place.

Suck a little and blow.

I told you not to swallow the smoke.

This is easy.

You look like you' re going to puke.

Do not.

Where is he going?

What's he doing?


Damn. Goddamn.

Son of a bitch!

Jesus Christ,

he's trying to kill himself.

How do you know?

I seen it on TV once.

- Why would he want to kill himself?

- How would I know, stupid?

- Let's get the hell out of here.

- No.

You stay here. Okay?

If you move, I'll kick your ass.

What are you going to do?

Come on, let's go.

- We must make sure he's okay.

- Is he dead?

I don't know.

Nothing works. Nothing works!

He is crazy as hell.

- Let's go, please.

- We can't.

If he kills himself and we know

about it, we can be in trouble.

We won't tell no one.

Just let him die.

- We' re not leaving until I say so.

- Stay down.




Get in!

Don't you touch that damn door!

Sorry, kid.

You had to be a cute ass.

Had to stick your dirty little nose

in my business, didn't you?

So we should die together.

Just you and me.

Off to la-la land.

Sweet dreams.

Want the gun?

- Why you looking at it?

- I wasn't.

Don't you lie to me!

I'm crazy.

If you lie, I'll kill you.

Please don't kill me, sir.

I got my mom and brother

to take care of.

I give you a choice.

I blow your brains out...

...and end it now...

...or we could wait

and let the gas do it.

You decide.

What's your name?

Mark Sway.

Jerome Clifford.

Attorney at law.

Since we' re both tired right now... can call me Romey.


Hear that bird?

I drove from New Orleans to hear

those stupid birds. Grew up here.

I played in these woods.

Now I'll die here too.

Why are you doing this?

Because if I don't kill myself...

...he will.


The Blade.

Barry "The Blade" Muldano.

Why does this Blade guy

want to kill you?

I know where

the proverbial body is buried.

Whose body?

See, my client...

...killed Senator Boyd Boyette...

...and hid the body.

So now my client,

he wants to kill me.

You know where the body's buried?

It's buried...

He hid the body...

He's still buried there.

The FBI dug up half of New Orleans.

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Akiva Goldsman

Akiva J. Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2001 film, A Beautiful Mind, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. more…

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