Schumachers two hit adaptations of John Grishams best-sellers have been hailed as the best of the authors work to be translated to film: The Client, starring Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones, and 1996s summer smash,
A Time to Kill, which introduced Matthew McConaughey in a star-making role alongside such accomplished players as Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Kiefer Sutherland, Brenda Fricker, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan and Donald Sutherland.
Schumachers four films The Client, A Time to Kill, Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin each grossed in excess of $100 million with domestic audiences alone, and Batman Forever achieved the distinction of being the highest grossing film of 1995.
Schumacher was born and raised in New York City, where he studied design and display at the Parsons School of Design. He began his career in the entertainment industry as an art director for television commercials before becoming costume designer for such notable films as Woody Allens Sleepers and Interiors, Herbert Ross The Last of Sheila and Paul Mazurskys Blume in Love. He then wrote the screenplays for the Motown-inflected musical Sparkle and the funk-driven comedy Car Wash.
Schumacher made his directing debut with the television movie The Virginia Hill Story, followed by his award-winning telefilm Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill. The Incredible Shrinking Woman, starring Lily Tomlin, marked his feature-film directing debut, followed by D.C. Cab, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Schumacher also wrote the script for St. Elmos Fire with Carl Kurlander. In 1988, Schumacher directed the successful Chicago theatrical run of David Mamets scorching Hollywood satire, Speed-the-Plow.
Schumacher has also directed a number of public service announcements for MTV's Emmy Award-winning Fight For Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Violence campaign and two series for their Protect Yourself safe-sex campaign with the Kaiser Family Foundation one urging young people to get tested, the other targeting at-risk minority youth.
Released: 18 April 2003
Running Time: 80 mins