The Chamber


(out of 5)

Routine John Grisham thriller features a weak lead performance by  as a green lawyer who goes home to a small southern town to defend his Klansman grandfather ().  Hackman is on death row for having years ago bombed a building that cost the life of two Jewish boys and is now pleading to have his death sentence commuted. While pleading the case, O’Donnell has to deal with the shame that overcomes him for inheriting the legacy of the Klan, while unearthing more family secrets than he bargained on learning about.  inexplicably plays Hackman’s daughter in this sometimes effective but mostly by-the-numbers thriller that has some nice moments between grandfather and son when they connect, but otherwise is totally predictable.

Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Davis Entertainment

USA, 1996

Directed by James Foley

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by



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