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The Star Chamber (1983)

Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Roderick Taylor (screenplay), Peter Hyams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Steven Hardin
Hal Holbrook ... Benjamin Caulfield
Yaphet Kotto ... Detective Harry Lowes
Sharon Gless ... Emily Hardin
James Sikking ... Dr. Harold Lewin (as James B. Sikking)
Joe Regalbuto ... Arthur Cooms
Don Calfa ... Lawrence Monk
John DiSanti ... Detective James Wickman
Otis Day ... Stanley Flowers (as DeWayne Jessie)
Jack Kehoe ... Hingle
Larry Hankin ... Detective Kenneth Wiggan
Dick Anthony Williams ... Detective Paul Mackay
Margie Impert Margie Impert ... Louise Rachmil
Dana Gladstone ... Martin Hyatt
David Proval ... Officer Nelson
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Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty. Written by <bentley@access.digex.net>

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The only one willing to stop them is one of their own. And when you know who they really are, you'll wish you didn't. See more »


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Trivia

Part of an early to mid 1980s cycle of vigilante movies which included Death Wish II (1982), Fighting Back (1982), Vigilante (1982), The Exterminator (1980), Death Wish 3 (1985), Exterminator 2 (1984), and The Star Chamber (1983). See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double when Judge Hardin is tumbling down the chute in Monk & Coombs' warehouse. See more »

Quotes

Detective Paul Mackay: Join the police department, see the world
Detective Kenneth Wiggan: No, it's join the navy and see the world
Detective Paul Mackay: Aw, shit. I joined the wrong thing
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Crazy Credits

Actress Fritzi Burr's performance as Judge Alice McCardle was accidentally left of the movie's credits. The 10th August 1983 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety' reports that Peter Hyams, producer Frank Yablans and the 20th Century Fox Film Corporation ran an advertisement apologizing for this mistake and oversight and praising Burr for her acting contribution to the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Boys in the Brigade
Perffomed by Youth Brigade
courtesy of Better Youth Records
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A Most Secret Society
3 March 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Star Chamber is a film that operates under the premise that the legal system has gone awry and it's up to the judges to apply corrective action to the decisions they officially make in court. Interestingly enough Hal Holbrook who came to that conclusion as Lieutenant Briggs in the Dirty Harry film Magnum Force, is now taking a similar position as a judge.

Michael Douglas as a young Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles has reached the same crossroads. After a couple of decisions on procedure that resulted in criminals being cut loose, he starts to question whether the whole criminal justice system is out of whack. That's when Hal Holbrook tells him about a most secret society.

A panel of nine judges have taken it upon themselves to overrule their own rulings. Douglas eagerly joins them, but certain things to go off course for him and he questions whether he's made the right career move.

The cases that Douglas came a cropper on is stuff straight out of the Law and Order episode file. In that series sometimes I think the judge's rulings are somewhat bizarre. Of course in that series it just makes Jack McCoy and his successor try all the harder to win.

It's a nice film, but I do get the feeling that Star Chamber is a Law and Order episode stretched out for a feature film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Richter sieht rot See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,980,105, 7 August 1983

Gross USA:

$5,555,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,555,305
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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