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(1996)

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Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway play father and daughter even though in real life, he is only 11 years older than her.
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The story of the freakish execution that Sam tells Adam, about a condemned prisoner beating his head against a metal pole inside the gas chamber, is a true story. It happened to Mississippian Jimmy Lee Gray in 1983.
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William Goldman, who wrote the early drafts, was reportedly unsatisfied with the re-writes and never saw the finished movie
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In a 2006 BBC TV Culture Show interview, John Grisham stated that this was the adaptation of his work he liked least
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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.
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Not since Bonnie and Clyde (1967) (29 years earlier) have Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway co-starred in a feature film.
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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.
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Ron Howard was originally set to direct the film, with Brad Pitt set to play Adam Hall. When Howard left the project to direct Ransom (1996), Pitt left too. Howard was credited as executive producer.
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Val Kilmer was announced for the lead after the departure of Brad Pitt.
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Universal paid $7 million for the rights to John Grisham's novel.
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One of three cinema movies where actor Gene Hackman played a character with the first name of "Sam". The feature films are Bite the Bullet (1975) - Sam Clayton ; Company Business (1991) - Sam Boyd ; and The Chamber (1996) - Sam Cayhall.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The execution scene was filmed in the actual gas chamber at Parchman Penitentiary.
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During the execution scene at the end of the film, one of the members of the crowd cheering and holding scenes at the prison holds up a cardboard sign reading, "suck gas, evildoer". This is the trademark battle cry of Darkwing Duck, from the Disney TV series about a duck superhero who uses a gas weapon against criminals.
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