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Rita Kempley - Style section, "It lacks the gloss, twists and star power of earlier Grisham movies."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "(John Grisham) delivers the entertaining goods without fuss or frills."

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'The Chamber'

Scene from this movie In Indianola, Miss., 1967, a civil rights lawyer is maimed and his twin sons are killed in a bomb blast. A white supremacist called Sam Cayhall (Gene Hackman) is captured, jailed and tried. After two hung juries, ambitious District Attorney David McCallister takes the case to trial a third time, secures a death penalty and uses the publicity to get himself elected governor.

Flash forward to the present. Now the oldest inmate awaiting execution in the country, Cayhall readies himself for death in 28 days. Enter an inexperienced attorney, Adam Hall (Chris OíDonnell), who believes he can prove Cayhallís innocence, and who happens to be Cayhallís grandson. Hall wants to reverse a family tradition of bigotry. For Hall, his grandfatherís pardon would be a moral act of closure. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: James Foley
Cast: Chris O'Donnell; Gene Hackman; Faye Dunaway; Lela Rochon; Robert Prosky; Raymond Barry; David Marshall Grant
Running Time: 2 hours
Filmographies: Chris O'Donnell; Gene Hackman;
Faye Dunaway