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.
Cast and crew
William Goldman, Chris Reese
Gene Hackman Faye Dunaway Chris O'Donnell Lela Rochon Robert Prosky Raymond Barry Harve Presnell