The Chamber

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Opus V from the John Grisham production line is grey, humourless and unimaginative. Alleged killer Sam Cayhill (Hackman) has been on death row in Mississippi since 1967. Now he has a month to live. Sam himself isn't putting much effort into his defence, but legal greenhorn Adam Hill (O'Donnell) can do that. Adam is Sam's grandson, and despite Sam's brush-offs, the young lawyer suspects the black sheep of the family is taking the fall for a racist conspiracy. The occasionally murky character, turning up with some revelation to get things moving, is a relief from O'Donnell's blandness and his earnest delivery of Grisham's lifeless dialogue.

Release details

Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: James Foley
Screenwriter: William Goldman, Chris Reese
Cast: Gene Hackman
Faye Dunaway
Chris O'Donnell
Lela Rochon
Robert Prosky
Raymond Barry
Harve Presnell
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