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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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E. Garner Goodman
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Rollie Wedge / Donnie Cayhall (as Raymond Barry)
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Sgt. Clyde Packer
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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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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)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 226,355,000 (Italy) (30 May 1997)

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ITL 419,247,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)
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Universal paid $7 million for the rights to John Grisham's novel. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which Adam visits the Klan gathering on the night before the execution the same extra (an older man in a baseball cap) can be seen in adjacent shots both behind Adam and the gang of thugs on the opposite side of the room. See more »

Quotes

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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Miles of Blue (Blue Miles)
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Excellent
18 June 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Just like the book, this movie is amazing. The story is unique in the sense that it is very personal. A boy's grandfather is to be executed for murdering two small children, and as he investigates the crime further, he discovers more terrifying secrets about his grandfather and his past. He knows little about his roots because his father commited suicide when he was a kid, and this may be the only chance he has at discovering who he is, however unpleasant it may be. Chris Odonnel is great in this and Gene Hackman shines. I give this **** out of **** stars.


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