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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:

Die Kammer 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Hackman and David Marshall Grant also appear in Bat*21 (1988). See more »

Goofs

Adam suddenly has a different car about halfway through the film. 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)
Written and Performed by Joe Sample
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Inside a chamber, thats about to explode...
25 February 2007 | by buzznzipp1995See all my reviews

Chris O'Donnell and Gene Hackman are true to the roles that they are portraying. At least they have every appearance of how I would see those kind of people in a trial. I have seen trials in person and in the media too. The K.K.K. own south and a man or a murderer. O'Donell is adamant and totally focused. The hatred is furious and blinding, as these not-so-good-Ole' boys gather, fight and even kill, under the belief of ' Racial purification '. But Samuel Kayhill (Hackman) is not what he appears to be. But as his time in Prison is coming to an end, the big 'ending', death, his grandson Adam Hall ( Chris O' Donell ) is running in fast motion to try and bring about an appeal, from the Govn. or a 'Stay' of execution.

The performances are gripping and powerful and the directing is detailed and well crafted.

I recommend this prison drama for drama and racial issues and a superb story. (****)


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