The Chamber

Synopsis: Having survived the hatred and bigotry that was his Klansman grandfather's only legacy, young attorney Adam Hall seeks at the last minute to appeal the old man's death sentence for the murder of two small Jewish boys 30 years before. Only four weeks before Sam Cayhall is to be executed, Adam meets his grandfather for the first time in the Mississippi prison which has held him since the crime. The meeting is predictably tense when the educated, young Mr. "Hall" confronts his venom-spewing elder, Mr. "Cayhall," about the murders. The next day, headlines run proclaiming Adam the grandson who has come to the state to save his grandfather, the infamous Ku Klux Klan bomber. While the old man's life lies in the balance, Adam's motivation in fighting this battle becomes clear as the story unfolds. Not only does he fight for his grandfather, but perhaps for himself as well. He has come to heal the wounds of his own father's suicide, to mitigate the secret shame he has always felt for the geneti
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): James Foley
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

I have the mothers of the only

12 remaining virgins in all of Jackson,

just panting to meet you.

I won't have too much time

for socialising.

You must regale us all

with tales of what brings you here.

I'm guessing it's to use

your lawyerly charms

to separate our local fat cats

from their ill-gotten fortunes.

You should start

with my cranky old husband.

He deserves a good comeuppance.

- Lee...

- Yes?

I'm here to defend your father.

- Look, I understand that...

- You understand nothing.

Don't you utter one word to anyone.

- Lee...

- Not one word.

You hear?

Good night.

- Call me tomorrow.

- I will.

See you. Bye.

- Lovely party, dear.

- Oh, thank you.

Don't forget

we have the museum on Thursday.

- Good night, Adam.

- Good night.

Good luck.

Phelps lives in town.

Oh, it's OK. We have

a very active romantic life.

Just not with each other.

Then why stay married?

Good for a banker to have someone

acceptable for social occasions.

And it's good for you to have a banker?

I've done pretty well

for poor white trash.

Don't you think?

Not bad. Not bad at all.

How acceptable I'm gonna be

when the world finds out

I'm Hitler's daughter is another question.

It's all right. It's under control.

Nobody knows?

I was speaking of my drinking.

But no, no one knows.

I left home when I was 18,

changed my name, met Phelps, eloped.

We told his family my father was dead.

Soon, that won't be a lie.

You talk about Sam

like he means nothing to you.

Occasionally, if I'm having a good day

and the sun is shining...

I might think of him and remember some

pleasant moment from my earliest days -

the way he'd call me "sweet baby girl".

But mostly I remember

how he destroyed absolutely everyone

who made the mistake

of getting close to him.

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William Goldman

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President's Men (1976), about journalists who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Both films starred Robert Redford. more…

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