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The Chamber (1996)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  11 October 1996 (USA)
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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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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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Josh 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)

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ITL 226,355,000 (Italy) (30 May 1997)

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ITL 419,247,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)
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The character of Rollie Wedge was beefed up considerably from the novel with the aim that Jack Nicholson would play him. Things didn't quite go according to plan and the part went to the lesser known actor, Raymond J. Barry, instead. See more »

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When Adam meets with Mrs. Kramer to solicit her support (for a stay of execution), she tells him her twins were 5 when they were killed in 1967, "[Adam's] age" when Adam's father committed suicide. Adam was born in 1969 and was 10 when his father killed himself. Mrs. Kramer adds that her sons would "be your age now." They would have been 7 years older than Adam. See more »

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Sam Cayhall: If you spend half as much time trying to be a lawyer instead of trying to be Dick Tracy, I might not be dead in five days.
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Breaking the Cycle
14 April 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

On the surface "The Chamber" is about a young lawyer named Adam Hall (Chris O'Donnell) who is trying to save his grandfather (Gene Hackman) from the death penalty. But really the movie is about breaking the cycle of racism, hatred, and bigotry that got his grandfather put on death row to begin with.

Although not one of Grisham's best, he still deserves credit for daringly going into a dark and despised part of American history. This movie may have stirred many people the wrong way and touched a nerve with others. I saw an excellent depiction of a torn young man desiring to help his grandfather in spite of his and everyone else's despise of that same man.

The movie was compelling. Just one tale about the troubled history of Mississippi. As the character Nora Stark (Lela Rochon) said..."Mississippi has bodies buried everywhere."


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