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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.

Director:

James Foley

Writers:

John Grisham (novel), William Goldman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Greg Goossen ... J.B. Gullitt (as Gregory Goossen)
Seth Isler Seth Isler ... Marvin B. Kramer
Millie Perkins ... Ruth Kramer
Sid Johnson Sid Johnson ... Josh Kramer
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Trivia

This is the third adaptation of John Grisham novel in which Gene Hackman starred in. The others include was the first Grisham novel to be adapted for the big screen, which was The Firm, three years earlier starring Tom Cruise as Cruise's mentor, Avery Tolar. Hackman went uncredited during the opening credits of the film, but was properly credited during the End Credits and "Runaway Jury", which was his final appearance on screen as jury manipulator Rankin Fitch and his first starring appearance with his best friend, Oscar Winner Dustin Hoffman, who was his roommate in New York when they were struggling actors in 1960's, along with Robert Duval. See more »

Goofs

As Adam watches, the digital LED clock in his hotel room changes from 3:59 to 4:00 am, and makes a faint click as it does. Clocks of this kind do not make such sounds. See more »

Quotes

E. Garner Goodman: How much do you know about the death penalty?
Adam Hall: I've read everything there is.
E. Garner Goodman: Then you know nothing.
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Written by John Humphrey, Jesse Davis (as Jeffe Davis), Zac Maloy, Ricky Brooks
Performed by The Nixons
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets & Products
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Breaking the Cycle
14 April 2006 | by view_and_reviewSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,612,095, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$14,551,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,540,359
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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