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The Chamber (1996)

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A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.

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E. Garner Goodman
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Rollie Wedge / Donnie Cayhall (as Raymond Barry)
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Nora Stark
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Gov. David McAllister
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Judge Flynn F. Slattery
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Atty. Gen. Roxburgh
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Wyn Lettner
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J.B. Gullitt (as Gregory Goossen)
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Marvin B. Kramer
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Ruth Kramer
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Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only four weeks before Sam Cayhall is to be executed, Adam meets his grandfather for the first time in the Mississippi prison which has held him since the crime. The meeting is predictably tense when the educated, young Mr. "Hall" confronts his venom-spewing elder, Mr. "Cayhall," about the murders. The next day, headlines run proclaiming Adam the grandson who has come to the state to save his grandfather, the infamous Ku Klux Klan bomber. While the old man's life lies in the balance, Adam's motivation in fighting this battle becomes clear as the story unfolds. Not only does he fight for his grandfather, but perhaps for himself as well. He has come to heal the wounds of his own father's suicide, to mitigate the secret shame he has always felt for the ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Rated R for violent images and some language | See all certifications »

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,612,095 (USA) (11 October 1996)

Gross:

$14,402,821 (USA) (13 December 1996)
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Val Kilmer was announced for the lead after the departure of Brad Pitt. See more »

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When Adam is giving his argument, he states "Men rea - to do the deed". "Men rea" is the intent portion of a crime. "Actus reaus" is the act. See more »

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Sam Cayhall: Save me. Your don't look like you can save a turkey from Thanksgiving.
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Written by John Humphrey, Jesse Davis (as Jeffe Davis), Zac Maloy, Ricky Brooks
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By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products
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slightly better than most people said
30 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

First, I should admit that I've never read any of John Grisham's novels. I've seen many of the film adaptations (which usually seem to be worthy, if absolutely nothing else). It seems like most critics - and much of the public - considered "The Chamber" the worst adaptation of a Grisham novel ever. When I saw the movie, I didn't find it terrible, though not a great movie either. Maybe it was just that many people - myself not included - counted "A Time to Kill" as one of the best adaptations, and dismissed this one.

Anyway, Gene Hackman makes a pretty ugly Klansman (well duh, he gets into any character), and I'd say that he overshadows Chris O'Donnell (who just looks a little out of place in this sort of movie). I can't tell whether or not Faye Dunaway is just there for show. But overall, what I like about this movie is that it doesn't lionize Hackman's character, but it shows why he became a Klansman - sort of like what "Dead Man Walking" does with Sean Penn's character. Obviously, "The Chamber" isn't in the same league as that one. But still, I think that most people need to reassess this movie. Also starring Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, Bo Jackson and Lela Rochon.


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