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R| 1 hr. 51 min.

Plot Summary
Young lawyer Adam Hall (Chris O'Donnell) launches a legal appeal for his racist grandfather, Sam Cayhall (Gene Hackman), a former Ku Klux Klan member he has never met. Accused of killing two young Jewish boys years earlier, Sam meets his grandson in a Mississippi prison on death row, and the atmosphere is tense. Despite having no sympathy for the older man, Adam has other motives for defending his grandfather that have to do with his own father's suicide.

Cast: Chris O'Donnell , Gene Hackman , Faye Dunaway , Robert Prosky , Raymond Barry , Bo Jackson , Lela Rochon , David Marshall Grant

Director: James Foley

Genres: Drama

The Chamber (1996)

Release Date: January 1st, 1996|1 hr. 51 min.

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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The Chamber has nowhere to go and it goes there slowly, flirting in all directions. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The Chamber merits some respect for daring to be gloomy, for facing the capital punishment issue head-on and for the quality of Gene Hackman's performance. [11 October 1996, p.1D] show more

  • 63
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Hackman is, as ever, a master performer, an actor at the peak of his powers. However, he can't carry the whole movie. show more

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