Introduction: John Grisham(3)
(1996) is a film about Sam Cayhall (Gene Hackman):
a Mississippi inmate on death row for the racist murder of two young Jewish
boys. Chris O'Donnell plays Cayhall's grandson who appeals the decision to send
his grandfather to the gas chamber. Faye Dunaway also appears in the movie as
Sam Cayhall's traumatized daughter, Lee Cayhall Bowen. In an Entertainment
Weekly interview, Grisham described the movie as "dreadful" and that "Gene
Hackman was the only good thing in it."
Other film adaptations of Grisham's books
(1997), The Gingerbread Man (1988), A Painted House (2003),
Runaway Jury (2003), The Street Lawyer (2003), Mickey (2004),
Christmas with the Kranks (2004).