The Chamber


1h 50m 1996

Brief Synopsis

In 28 days, convicted killer and white supremacist Sam Cayhall will die in the Mississippi gas chamber for the 1967 bombing murders of two small children. While counting down his final days, Sam is visited by a stranger: young, inexperienced law associate Adam Hall, who comes to Parchman Prison to t

Film Details

Also Known As
Chamber, Dödscellen
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Bill Dance Casting; CBS News; Davis Entertainment; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Eastman Kodak; Greg Salmon; Imagine Entertainment; Manhattan Center; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Scarlet Letters
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures; Haskolabio; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Jackson, Mississippi, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

In 28 days, convicted killer and white supremacist Sam Cayhall will die in the Mississippi gas chamber for the 1967 bombing murders of two small children. While counting down his final days, Sam is visited by a stranger: young, inexperienced law associate Adam Hall, who comes to Parchman Prison to try to save this unrepentant racist and find meaning in his own life. Although his late father changed his family name, Adam is Sam's grandson. As the days and minutes swiftly tick away, Adam uses every legal strategy he knows to win clemency for his grandfather, losing each of these desperate battles in the higher courts. Vehemently opposed to capital punishment, Adam also strongly believes that Sam may be innocent and hopes to uncover the identity of the real bomber. With hope fading each hour, Adam's grueling experience becomes more frightening as he is menacingly shadowed by a mysterious figure who may know the truth behind the crime for which Sam now awaits death in "the chamber."

Crew

William R Aldridge

Special Effects Powder Man

Lance Anderson

Makeup Artist

Ron Ash

Best Boy

Maryellen Aviano-roberts

Other

Ian Baker

Dp/Cinematographer

Ian Baker

Director Of Photography

Suzy Barbieri

Assistant (To Karen Kehela)

Annie Bardelli

Assistant Production Coordinator

Ron Bartlett

Re-Recording Mixer

Robert Batha

1st Assistant Sound Editor

Bradford F Bell

Assistant Location Manager

Lon Bentley

Makeup Artist

John Bertram

Grip

Jules Bianchi

Assistant (To Chris O'Donnell)

Burtis Bills

Additional Audio

Teresa Binder

Set Costumer

Brad Blondheim

Set Production Assistant

Bradford Boll

Art Department Assistant

Brian W Boyd

Second 2nd Assistant Director (Chicago Crew)

David Brisbin

Production Designer

Robin Bronner

Dga Trainee

Brooke Brooks

Assistant (To John Davis)

Ricky Brooks

Song ("Sister")

Francie Brown

Dialect Coach

John A. Brubaker

Transportation Captain

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

Carter Burwell

Original Music

Carter Burwell

Music

Rodney Byrd

Special Effects Foreman

Danny D Cappa

Set Dresser

Paul Carden

Supervising Sound Editor

Laurence Castello

Other

Richard E. Chapla

Other

Emile Charlap

Music Contractor

Jeff Clark

Adr Editor

Bonnie Clevering

Hair Stylist

Patricia Conaway

Digital Sound Assistant

Asahel Cooper

Set Dresser

Michael Corral

Labor Foreman

Christopher G. Cowen

Office Assistant

Maureen Cowen

Assistant (To Brian Grazer)

James M. Cox

Assistant Chief Lighting Technician

James M Crumbley

Set Production Assistant

Shirley Fulton Crumley

Location/Extras Casting

John Cucci

Foley Artist

Burt Dalton

Special Effects Coordinator

Jeffe Davis

Song ("Sister")

John Davis

Producer

Shelly Rae Day

Transportation Office Coordinator

Angel Deangelis Haiko

Key Hairstylist

Joseph Dorowsky

Other

Francois Duhamel

Still Photographer

David Dunbar

Other

Gary Duncan

Insert Car Driver

John Elmore

Second 2nd Assistant Director

Ward Emling

Special Thanks (Mississippi Film Office)

Leonard Engelman

Key Makeup

E. J. Butch Ertel

Projectionist

Don Estes

Grip

Michael Farrow

Music Scoring Mixer

Jeff Ferrero

Other

John H. Findley

Assistant Location Manager

Bob Fine

Other

Mali Finn

Casting

Lisa Fischer

Set Decorator

Ann Fisher

Dialogue Editor

Douglas Fox

Property Master

Laura J Fox

2nd Assistant Accountant

David Friendly

Executive Producer

Jonathan Fuh

Boom Operator

Mark Gantt

Assistant Property Master

Jose Antonio Garcia

Production Sound Mixer

Bobby J Garren

Other

J J George

Music Editor

J.j. George

Music Editor

Iraina Gibson

Hairstylist To Lela Rochon

Hector Gika

Sound Effects Editor

Chuk Gill

Craft Service (Mississippi)

William Goldman

Screenwriter

Patrick Gomes

Other

Greg Goossen

Stand-In (For Gene Hackman)

Robert Gordon

Accountant

August Goulet

Art Department Assistant

Robert Gray

Set Dresser

Brian Grazer

Producer

Kevin Grevioux

Stunts

Dewey Gene Grigg

Special Effects Powder Man

John Grisham

Source Material

John Grisham

Source Material (From Novel)

Kevin Haney

Special Makeup Effects

Zandra Harding

Wardrobe Assistant

Rick Harris

Grip

Steve Hastings

Rigging Best Boy

Michael Ronald Heath

Grip

Gary Hecker

Foley Artist

Phil Hess

Foley Intern

Joseph Higdon

Set Medic

Jennifer Lee Hirsch

Art Department Coordinator

Charles L Hoffman

Labor Foreman

Chris Hogan

Foley Intern

John M Holliday

Other

Barbara Holloway

Location Assistant

Walter Holmes

Transportation Co-Captain (Mississippi)

Nancy Honeycutt

Other

David Householter

Unit Production Manager

Ron Howard

Producer

Don J Hug

Location Manager (Chicago Crew)

John Humphrey

Song ("Sister")

William Iiams Sr.

Construction Coordinator

China Iwata

Art Department Coordinator

Jim Jackson

Set Dresser

Craig Jaeger

Foley Intern

Chris Jenkins

Re-Recording Mixer

Lisa Jennings

Craft Service (Mississippi)

John A Johnston

Assistant Location Manager

Kay Jordan

Construction Accountant

Peter Karp

Assistant (To David Friendly)

Karen Kehela

Executive Producer

Sabine Kelling

Costumer

Josh Kesselman

Assistant (To John Davis)

Ric Kidney

Executive Producer

James J Klekowski

Location Consultant (Chicago Crew)

Richard Klotz

Location Manager

Richard Klotz

Production Supervisor (Chicago Crew)

Roger Knight

Set Dresser

Sonny Kompanek

Orchestrator

Tani Kunitake

Production Illustrator

Tony Lamberti

Sound Effects Editor

Chris Land

Wardrobe Assistant

Shawn Landis

Camera Loader

Mary C. Lane

Set Costumer

Kevin J. Lang

Rigging Gaffer

James H Lapidus

Set Costumer

Al Laverde

Key Grip

James T Linville

Assistant Accountant

Robert A Loftin

Other

Loren Lyons

On-Set Dresser

Mona Madrid

Set Production Assistant

Ernie Malik

Publicist

Zac Maloy

Song ("Sister")

Birgitte Mann

Costumer

Vincent Mata

2nd Assistant Camera

James O Maull

Post-Production Accountant

Stan Mcclain

Westcam Operator

Robert T Mcfadden

Technical Advisor

Kerry Lyn Mckissick

Script Supervisor

Joe Meek

Stand-In (For Chris O'Donnell)

M Gaye Melvin

Accounting Assistant

Michael Menapace

Transportation Coordinator

Robert Menapace

Other

Ted Miller

Rigger

Mike Milliken

Color Timer

Deborah J Mills

Hair Stylist

Susie Money

Costume Supervisor

Peter Montgomery

Visual Effects Supervisor

Philip D Morill

1st Digital Sound Assistant

Don E Mullis

Other

Paul Murphey

Video Playback

Michael Myers

Other

Lori Nakamura

Payroll Accountant

Ray Neapolitan

Assistant Film Editor

Kenneth Nishino

1st Assistant Camera

Dana Norman

Set Production Assistant

Dan O'connell

Foley Artist

Mark Ormandy

Additional Audio

Aaron Pazanti

Camera Operator

Peggy Penamon

Seamstress

Richard J Peters

Props Maker General Foreman

Joe Pfaltzgraf

Set Dresser

Theresa Phillips

Casting Assistant

Craig Pinckes

2nd Assistant Director

Scott Prophet

Dolly Grip

David Pujol

Labor Foreman

Alan Purwin

Pilot

Steven Ramirez

1st Assistant Film Editor

Mitch Ray

Set Medic

Chris Reese

Screenwriter

Tina Reynolds

Assistant (To James Foley)

Dan Rich

Dialogue Editor

Paul Ripple

Office Assistant

David Rubenstein

Production Assistant (To James Foley)

Greg Salmon

Cableman

Joe Sample

Song

Joe Sample

Song Performer ("Miles Of Blue (Blue Miles)")

Brent Scarpo

Extras Casting Associate

Emily Schweber

Casting Associate

Ronald Scott

Hairstylist To Gene Hackman

Maya Shimoguchi

Set Designer

Todd Sible

Stand-In (For Chris O'Donnell)

Adam Milo Smalley

Music Editor

Mark Smith

Re-Recording Mixer

Mary Ruth Smith

Adr Editor

Scott Smith

Camera Remote Technician

Karen Snow

Associate Producer

Karen Snow

Post-Production Supervisor

Barbara Ann Spencer

Set Designer

John Starr

Craft Service

Wylie Stateman

Supervising Sound Editor

Jack Stevens

Set Dresser

Denis L. Stewart

1st Assistant Director

Film Details

Also Known As
Chamber, Dödscellen
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Bill Dance Casting; CBS News; Davis Entertainment; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Eastman Kodak; Greg Salmon; Imagine Entertainment; Manhattan Center; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Scarlet Letters
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures; Haskolabio; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Jackson, Mississippi, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 11, 1996

Released in United States on Video March 25, 1997

Film rights were purchased for a reported $3.75 million dollars, reportedly the most money ever paid for an unfinished manuscript.

Chris O'Donnell reportedly received $4 million for this film.

Chris O'Donnell reportedly received $4 million for this film.

Completed shooting May 6, 1996.

Began shooting February 5, 1996.

Released in United States Fall October 11, 1996

Released in United States on Video March 25, 1997