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

He'll do it to you too, you know.

Be very careful dredging the past, Adam.

You might not like what comes up.

I'm here to see Sam Cayhall.


Spread your legs, please.

- Sergeant Packer.

- Adam Hall.

This way, please.

Not a good day to see Sam.

- Why's that?

- Prison attorney just called.

Judge ruled - he dies in 28 days.

I'll get Sam.

This way.

Catch up.

I'm going to lock this door.

Sam will be in in a minute.


Move on.

Get out!

- Who the hell are you?

- Adam Hall.

I'm a lawyer

with Kravitz and Bane, Chicago.

You Jew-boys never quit, do you?

I'm not Jewish.

How can you work for Kravitz and Bane?

- We're an equal opportunity employer.

- Really?

I know you've got

about 150 partners up there.

How many of them are women?

I don't really know, maybe a dozen.

Oh, so you've got less than 10% women.

How many n*gger partners you got?

- We've four African-American partners.

- Oh, that's nice.

How many Jewish-American

partners you got? About 80%?

- It makes no difference to me.

- It makes a big difference to me.

I was always embarrassed

to be represented by such blatant bigots.

Well, I think a lot of people

would probably find it appropriate.

- Why are you so nervous?

- I'm not.

You afraid I'm gonna

come through that screen and get you?

How many death penalty cases

have you handled?

- This is my first.

- Oh, great.

That Jew bastard

sent a greenhorn to save me.

I killed some of their people

and now they want to kill me.

I always expected it.

You admit you killed the Kramer kids?

Now, who the hell are you

to ask me a question like that?

The jury said I did it.

The appeals court said the jury was right.

That's all that matters.

How old are you there, Mr Hall?

26. I'd like to go over

your legal position...

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

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…

All William Goldman scripts | William Goldman Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "The Chamber" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 1 Aug. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.