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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.

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James Foley

Writers:

John Grisham (novel), William Goldman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chamber See more »

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,551,359

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,989,000
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DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The second of two films that was filmed in 1996 that was written by the late Oscar Winner William Goldman that starred Gene Hackman. The other was Absolute Power directed by Clint Eastwood, which was slated for a Christmas 1996 release but pushed back to Feburary 1997. 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

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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Soundtracks

Sister
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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Excellent
18 June 2000 | by chuck-195See 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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