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The Chamber -- Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway star in this John Grisham thriller about an attorney determined to clear the name of his grandfather, a former Klansman sentenced to die.
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chris O'Donnell ... Adam Hall

Gene Hackman ... Sam Cayhall

Faye Dunaway ... Lee Cayhall Bowen

Robert Prosky ... E. Garner Goodman

Raymond J. Barry ... Rollie Wedge / Donnie Cayhall (as Raymond Barry)

Bo Jackson ... Sgt. Clyde Packer

Lela Rochon ... Nora Stark

David Marshall Grant ... Gov. David McAllister

Nicholas Pryor ... Judge Flynn F. Slattery

Harve Presnell ... Atty. Gen. Roxburgh

Richard Bradford ... Wyn Lettner
Greg Goossen ... J.B. Gullitt (as Gregory Goossen)
Seth Isler ... Marvin B. Kramer

Millie Perkins ... Ruth Kramer
Sid Johnson ... Josh Kramer
Blake Johnson ... John Kramer

Josef Sommer ... Phelps Bowen
Leonard Vincent ... Lucas Mann
Bonita Allen ... Baker Cooley
Dick Stilwell ... George Nugent
Gloria Jackson Winters ... Woman Guard
Greg Wayne Elam ... Joe Lincoln (as Greg Elam)
Zaquirii Walters ... Quince Lincoln

Jane Kaczmarek ... Dr. Anne Biddows

Thom Gossom Jr. ... Bink
Jana Barraza ... Gate Attendant

Nick Brett ... Rally Skinhead
Craig A. Pinckes ... Rally Skinhead (as Craig Pinckes)
Dan Beene ... Lead Sheriff
James Geralden ... Newscaster
Michelle Davison ... Prof. Burns

Jack Conley ... White Guard
Stephanie Bell Flynt ... Herself - On-Air Newscaster
Ruby Wilson ... Jesse, Lee Bowen's Maid
Joe Meek ... Senatorial Aide
Anthony Kopcynski ... Visitors' Room Guard
Ken Colquitt ... Visitors' Room Guard

Neil Barton ... Visitors' Room Guard
Gilbert Ivan Johnson ... Trustee
Jerry Gauny ... Inmate
Ed Siebert ... Inmate
Bob Rummler ... Inmate (as Bob Rummier)
Disraeli Ellison ... Inmate
Rod Phillips ... Inmate
Jeff Sanders ... Inmate
Richard T. Muñoz ... Inmate
Clee Cottel ... Inmate
Ian Brady ... Deputy Executioner
Sam Bologna ... Deputy Executioner

Charles Swain ... Observation Cell Guard
Tony Scott Sherron ... Governor's Aide (as Tony Scott Sherrom)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kurtis Epper ... Rally Skinhead (as Curtis Epper)

Vince Canlas ... Reporter #1 (uncredited)
Clay Cranford ... SWAT Team Captain (uncredited)
Stuart Greenwell ... Governor's Aide (uncredited)
John Kerry ... Death-house guard (uncredited)

Douglas Swander ... Reporter (uncredited)
Shayne Tingle ... Senator's Aid (uncredited)

Directed by
James Foley 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Grisham (novel)

William Goldman (screenplay) and
Chris Reese (screenplay)

Produced by
John Davis .... producer
David T. Friendly .... executive producer (as David Friendly)
Brian Grazer .... producer
Ron Howard .... producer
Karen Kehela Sherwood .... executive producer (as Karen Kehela)
Ric Kidney .... executive producer
Karen Snow .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Ian Baker 
 
Film Editing by
Mark Warner 
 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
 
Production Design by
David Brisbin 
 
Art Direction by
Mark Worthington 
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Fischer 
 
Costume Design by
Tracy Tynan 
 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... makeup artist
Lon Bentley .... makeup artist
Bonnie Clevering .... hair stylist
Angel De Angelis .... key hair stylist (as Angel DeAngelis)
Leonard Engelman .... key makeup artist
Iraina Gibson .... hair stylist: Ms. Rochon
Kevin Haney .... special makeup effects
Deborah Mills-Whitlock .... hair stylist (as Deborah Jean Mills)
Ron Scott .... hair stylist: Mr. Hackman
Ellen Wong .... makeup artist: Mr. Hackman
Victoria Wood .... wig maker
Art Anthony .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
David B. Miller .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David B. Householter .... unit production manager (as David Householter)
Richard Klotz .... production supervisor: Chicago
Karen Snow .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian W. Boyd .... second second assistant director: Chicago (as Brian Boyd)
Robin Bronner .... dga trainee
John Elmore .... second second assistant director
Craig A. Pinckes .... second assistant director (as Craig Pinckes)
Denis L. Stewart .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Fred Apolito .... propmaker
Bradford Boll .... art department assistant
Danny D. Cappa .... set dresser
Laurence Castello .... stand-by painter
Asahel Cooper .... set dresser
Michael Corral .... labor foreman
China Fox .... art department coordinator (as China Iwata)
Douglas Fox .... property master
Mark Gantt .... assistant property master (as Mark W. Gantt IV)
Bobby Joe Garren .... greensman (as Bobby J. Garren)
Pat Gomes .... paint foreman (as Patrick Gomes)
August Goulet .... art department assistant
Robert Gray .... set dresser
Jennifer Lee Hirsch .... art department coordinator
Charles L. Hoffman .... labor foreman
Bill Iiams .... construction coordinator
James Jackson .... set dresser (as Jim Jackson)
Kay Jordan .... construction accountant
Roger Knight .... set dresser
Tani Kunitake .... production illustrator
Richard Lambert .... lead man
Loren Lyons .... on-set dresser (as Loren P. Lyons)
William S. Maxwell III .... lead man
Michael Myers .... greensman
Richard Peters .... propmaker general foreman (as Richard J. Peters)
Joe Pfaltzgraf .... set dresser
David Pujol .... labor foreman
Maya Shimoguchi .... set designer
Barbara Ann Spencer .... set designer
Jack Stevens .... set dresser
Michael P. Sweeney .... assistant property master
Christopher Tandon .... assistant art director
Benton E. Tedlie .... set dresser
Mindy R. Toback .... set designer (as Mindi R. Toback)
Philip Toolin .... set designer
Jennifer Croyle .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Jeff J. Davis .... key construction crew (uncredited)
Dale DeStefani .... foreman (uncredited)
Ron Frazier .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Michael A. Johnson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Gregg Singer .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Batha .... first assistant sound editor
Burtis Bills .... additional sound
Paul Timothy Carden .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Clark .... adr editor
Patricia Conaway Lamberti .... digital sound assistant (as Patricia Conaway)
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Ann Fisher .... dialogue editor
Jonathan Fuh .... boom operator
José Antonio García .... production sound mixer
Hector C. Gika .... sound effects editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Philip A. Hess .... foley editor
Chris Hogan .... foley editor
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley editor (as Craig Jaeger)
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Lamberti .... sound effects editor
Philip D. Morrill .... first digital sound assistant (as Philip D. Morill)
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... adr assistant
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound
Dan M. Rich .... dialogue editor
Greg Salmon .... cable person
Mark Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Mary Ruth Smith .... adr editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Kim Waugh .... additional sound
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
James Ashwill .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Dino Dimuro .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Jessica Goodwin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Milner .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
William Aldridge .... special effects powder man
Rodney M. Byrd .... special effects foreman
Burt Dalton .... special effects coordinator
Gene Grigg .... special effects powder man (as Dewey Gene Grigg)
John M. Holliday .... effectsman
Robert Loftin .... effectsman (as Robert A. Loftin)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Montgomery .... visual effects supervisor
Jeff Wells .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kevin Grevioux .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (as Hugh A. O'Brien)
Nils Allen Stewart .... stunts (as Nils Stewart)
Webster Whinery .... stunt coordinator
Doc Duhame .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim McConnell .... stunt double: Mr. O'Donnell (uncredited)
Webster Whinery .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Ash .... best boy electric (as Ronald Ash)
John Bertram .... grip
James M. Cox .... assistant chief lighting technician
Joseph Dorowsky .... rigger
François Duhamel .... still photographer
David Dunbar .... lamp operator
Don Estes .... grip
Jeff Ferrero .... lamp operator (as Jeffrey Ferraro)
Bob Fine .... lamp operator
Rick Harris .... grip
Steve Hastings .... rigging best boy
Michael Ronald Heath .... grip
Shawn Landis .... camera loader
Kevin J. Lang .... rigging gaffer
Al LaVerde .... key grip
Vincent Mata .... second assistant camera
Stan McClain .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Ted Miller .... rigger
Paul Murphey .... video playback operator
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera (as Kenneth Nishino)
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator
Scott J. Prophet .... dolly grip (as Scott Prophet)
Scott Smith .... camera remote technician (as Scott C. Smith)
Ty Suehiro .... best boy grip
Gary Tandrow .... chief lighting technician
C.T. Tindell .... grip
Scott Tindell .... grip (as Scott A. Tindell)
Jeffery White .... lamp operator
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician
William Allen Jr. .... grip (uncredited)
Steven J. Winslow .... assistant camera: Wescam (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... extras casting (as Shirley Fulton)
Theresa Phillips .... extras casting (as Theresa E. Phillips)
Brent Scarpo .... extras casting associate
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (uncredited)
Wade Woods .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zandra Harding .... wardrobe assistant
Sabine Kelling .... costumer
Chris Land .... wardrobe assistant
Mary C. Lane .... set costumer
James Lapidus .... set costumer (as James H. Lapidus)
Birgitte Mann .... costumer
Susie Money .... costume supervisor
Peggy Penamon .... seamstress
Teresa Binder Westby .... set costumer (as Teresa Binder)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Ray Neapolitan .... assistant film editor
Steven Ramirez .... first assistant editor
Ann L. Thornberg .... assistant film editor
 
Location Management
Brad Bell .... assistant location manager
John Findley .... assistant location manager (as John H. Findley III)
Barbara Holloway .... location assistant
Don J. Hug .... location manager: Chicago
John A. Johnston .... assistant location manager
James J. Klekowski .... location consultant: Chicago
Richard Klotz .... location manager
Theresa Phillips .... location assistant (as Theresa E. Phillips)
William Danaher .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator
Emile Charlap .... music contractor
Michael Farrow .... score mixer (as Mike Farrow)
J.J. George .... music editor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor (as Adam Smalley)
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
John A. Brubaker .... transportation captain
Shelly Rae Day .... transportation office coordinator
Gary Duncan .... driver: insert car
Walter Holmes .... transportation co-captain: Mississippi
Michael Menapace .... transportation coordinator (as Michael D. Menapace)
Robert Menapace .... picture car coordinator
Mike Robinson .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maryellen Aviano .... extras coordinator
Annie Bardelli .... assistant production coordinator
Jules Bianchi .... assistant: Mr. O'Donnell
Brad Blondheim .... set production assistant
Brooke Brooks .... assistant: Mr. Davis
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Richard E. Chapla Jr. .... production secretary
Christopher G. Cowen .... office production assistant
Maureen Cowen .... assistant: Mr. Grazer (as Mo Cowen)
James M. Crumley Jr. .... set production assistant
Edward J. Ertel .... projectionist
Laura J. Fox .... second assistant accountant
M. Gaye Galvin .... accounting assistant
Chuk Gill .... craft service: Mississippi
Suzy Gilstrap .... assistant: Ms. Kehela
Greg Goossen .... stand-in: Mr. Hackman
Robert Gordon .... accountant
Joseph Higdon .... set medic
Nancy Honeycutt .... production secretary (as Nancy Carol Honeycutt)
Lisa Jennings .... craft service: Mississippi
Peter Karp .... assistant: Mr. Friendly
Josh Kesselman .... assistant: Mr. Davis
James Linville .... assistant accountant
Mona Madrid .... set production assistant
Ernie Malik .... publicist
James Maull .... post-production accountant
Robert T. McFadden .... technical advisor
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Joe Meek .... stand-in: Mr. O'Donnell
Don E. Mullis .... aerial coordinator
Lori Nakamura .... payroll accountant
Dana Norman .... set production assistant
Alan D. Purwin .... pilot (as Alan Purwin)
Mitch Ray .... set medic
Tina Reynolds .... assistant: Mr. Foley
Paul Ripple .... office production assistant
David Rubenstein .... production assistant: Mr. Foley
Todd Sible .... stand-in: Mr. O'Donnell
John Starr .... craft service
Michael Tamburro .... pilot (as Mike Tamburro)
Kyle Valentic .... production assistant: Mr. Foley
Bekki Vallin .... production office staff: Chicago
Leonard Vincent .... technical advisor
Lisa J. Watters .... production coordinator
Greg Williams .... office production assistant
Ray Conchado .... production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Jager .... production assistant (uncredited)
John 'J.T.' Tully .... caterer (uncredited)
 
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Rated R for violent images and some language
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113 min
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (f) (bw) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R (certificate #34851)
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The film debut of Bo Jackson, who was a celebrated two-sport baseball and football player. He was cast by the producers because of both his charms and the intimidating stature both that would be perfect for the role of a prison guard.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Nora Stark:You're in Mississippi now - land of the secrets. There are bodies buried everywhere.See more »
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Referenced in Conspiracy Theory (1997)See more »
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an attorney tries to get his grandfather off death row, 10 September 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Chris O'Donnell and Gene Hackman star in "The Chamber," a 1996 film featuring Faye Dunaway, Robert Prosky, and Lela Rochon.

O'Donnell plays Adam Hall, a young man just out of law school who takes on the case of a KKK member about to be executed for a bombing years earlier that took the life of two boys. Their father, who lost his leg, later committed suicide. The man in question, Sam Cayhall (Hackman), is due to die in the gas chamber, as he was convicted before 1984 and therefore isn't eligible for the chair. He's also Adam's grandfather.

The bombing and the Klan history in the Cayhall line has wrecked Adam's family. They changed their name after the incident, and his father committed suicide and left his son a note with instructions to clean everything up before his mother got home. His aunt (Faye Dunaway) is a socialite who still lives in the south and has never told anyone who she is but has suppressed her pain with alcohol. Adam has no use for his grandfather, but he believes someone else made the bomb and wants to find out what really happened.

The movie is based on a John Grisham novel and, despite the reviews, I thought it was good and powerful, mostly thanks to the performance of Gene Hackman. Somehow, he manages to create a real human being - a bigot, a Klan member, a killer, but somehow human. His monologue at the end of the film made me cry, which is ridiculous because he was a terrible man.

Faye Dunaway was great; Chris O'Donnell is pleasant enough but he never seemed to me movie star material. I would have preferred to see someone like Matthew McConaughey, someone with a little fire, in this role.

This is a story of a history of hate, the ghosts of the dead, politics, and a search for closure. Compelling.

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