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Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway star in this John Grisham thriller about an attorney determined to clear the name of his grandfather, a former Klansman sentenced to die.

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Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman
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1 hour 54 minutes

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The Chamber

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director James Foley
Starring Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman
Supporting actors Faye Dunaway, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, Bo Jackson, Lela Rochon, David Marshall Grant, Nicholas Pryor, Harve Presnell, Richard Bradford, Greg Goossen, Seth Isler, Millie Perkins, Sid Johnson, Blake Johnson, Josef Sommer, Leonard Vincent, Bonita Allen, Dick Stilwell
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

That's the kind of crime the dealther penalty is for.
Gene Bromberg
I'm a real fan of John Grisham books and always look forward to his books being made into movies.
Bunnie Loo
Gene Hackman & Chris O'Donnell are perfect in their performances as lawyer vs. criminal.
Carol Uffelman

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 17, 2004
Format: DVD
Gene Hackman's electrifying performance dominates this adaptation of John Grisham's best selling novel. Hackman portrays Sam Cayhall, a man who's been on death row for sixteen years for the bombing of a lawyer's office that resulted in the death of the lawyer's two children. Cayhall is a vile man, who has lived a life of hatred and prejudice, the result of generations of such bigoted ancestors. Enter Chris O'Donnell as his young grandson, who is a lawyer and wants to reopen the case and spare his grandfather the gas chamber. What ensues is a painful exploration of hatred, prejudice and a dysfunctional family.

I liked the movie, in spite of its several flaws. Hackman is phenomenal, and Chris O'Donnell does a good job as the naively innocent, but determined, young barrister. Faye Dunaway offers wonderful support as Hackman's estranged daughter who has lived a life of secrecy and guilt. Lela Rochon, Raymond Barry, David Marshall Grant and Robert Prosky offer fine support too.

I found myself involved in the movie, and feel it didn't offer any easy answers. Hackman is a guilty man, but his performance is so well doone that one can't help but feel sorry for the life he has chosen, and the life he has sacrificed.

I think it's well worth viewing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christina Brooks on December 31, 1999
Format: DVD
"The Chamber" is long, quiet and infinitely better the second time around, which makes it pretty seriously good indeed. Whatever you think of the plot and the completely salient points it makes on the subject of capital punishment the true joys of "The Chamber" are the performances of Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman each of which are nothing short of astonishing. Dunaway's creation of Cayhall's daughter is as powerful, multi-layered and profound as anything she has ever done. Gene Hackman deserves to be inducted into the great actors hall of fame for his portrayal of Sam Cayhall. As his execution draws closer his moods swing through the gamut of human emotion creating a complete and almost unbearably real but flawed human person facing certain death. A best actor oscar should have been given for this performance. If acting is your job or something that you see all too rarely ignore the carping critics who found their sensibilities rubbed the wrong way and get "The Chamber" it improves with each viewing and says some very deep things about life and exactly what it means to be human. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Dykyj on January 19, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I have read the book and seen the movie and have to admit that this movie did not reach it's full potential.
This movie is about a Sam Cayhall(Hackman), a convicted murderer of two young Jewish boys in a Ku Klux Klan bombing. Cayhall has sat inside his little cell in the MSU of the Mississippi state penitentary counting the days until that faitful day when he takes his last breath in the chamber. His grandson Adam Hall('o Donnell) will not stand for it. As a lawyer he has been interested in this perticular case for many years and will not give up until he wins. He fights along the side of his bitter and hateful kin, putting up with every back stabbing comment only to get this man the freedom that most people think that he does not deserve. Now at the age of 70, he will have to fight until time runs out.
I understand that sometimes people have to cut things from the movie because they feel that it is not making it any better, but this is RIDICULOUS! While watching this movie, I felt like it was a two minute long movie. He kills, he fights, he dies. That is basically it. All of the good side plots have been cut. Being a big fan of these types of movies and books, this proved to be a major dissapointment to me. I actually feel bad for such an excellent actor like Gene Hackman to be involved in this monstrosity! He gave an excellent performance and THAT is worth watching. Everything else is just an eyesore. JUST READ THE BOOK (it may be long, but worthwhile)!
After reading the book, I was quite surprised at how much important information was cut. Though there is some excellent talent in this film, it still falls way short of any awards. I think that anybody would be better off reading the book than watching this movie. You should definitely read the book first and maybe even (ugh) see the movie. Compare the two and help me prove my point. The only reason that I gave this movie any stars was because I was pleased with the acting, not the script!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
Format: DVD
i had to watch the chamber as part of a class project and i thought it would be a typical story witha happy ending as usual grisham writes a top rated book which gets you at the heart and leans on the subject of the gas chamber - a truly excellent book which gets you thinking that you don't know what freedom is until it is taken away
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2000
Format: DVD
While John Grisham writes extremely good books in which The Chamber is one of...this movie was just pathetic. The storyline of the book was chopped up and murdered. You dont see the changes that Gene Hackman goes through in the movie...one minute he's a KKK advocate and the next he's loving minorities. I have heard from people that haven't read the book that it was a good movie, but this movie is not worth it if you have read it. With the big names in this film...the story line should have been written to FOLLOW THE BOOK!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "racinral" on March 31, 2002
Format: DVD
I've enjoyed the movie twice & am adding it to my collection.
Gene Hackman is terrific as usual. Faye Dunaway even better in this particuar movie.
I wasn't familar with the story & hadn't heard of the book, just walked into the movie out of the blue one night because I saw Gene Hackman was in it.
Enjoyed it very much!!!
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