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The Star Chamber (1983)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  5 August 1983 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin
Judge Benjamin Caulfield
Det. Harry Lowes
Emily Hardin
Dr. Harold Lewin (as James B. Sikking)
Arthur Cooms
Lawrence Monk
John DiSanti ...
Det. James Wickman
Stanley Flowers (as DeWayne Jessie)
Jack Kehoe ...
Det. Kenneth Wiggan
Det. Paul Mackey
Margie Impert ...
Louise Pacinni
Dana Gladstone ...
Dept. Dist. Atty. Martin Hyatt
Officer Nelson


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

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...Where justice is served with a vengeance. See more »


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Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Câmara Secreta  »

Box Office


$5,600,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The nickname of The Star Chamber was "the court of last resort". See more »


After deciding to correct the mistake the Star Chamber has made, Judge Hardin is seen in his dark office. The lights are off except for the desk lamp he is using. The office door is open showing the adjacent courtroom where Judge Caulfield appears, calling Hardin. When Hardin exits his office, entering the courtroom, his office is brightly lit. See more »


Dr. Harold Lewin: How can someone torture a child? How do you erase that sound from your head? Those two are creatures, they're not human beings.
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Referenced in Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009) See more »

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Could've been a good thriller..
1 December 2008 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I read a review on Netflix that mentioned there was a menacing mood that permeated throughout The Star Chamber. After 52 minutes, when the plot was finally underway, I was still waiting for something suspenseful. It's not a horrible movie, it's just dull and seemed to go out of its way to avoid action. All the vigilante scenes happen in 30 seconds with some unknown sunglass-wearing white guy. And when they uncover three suspects behind one of the movie's main criminal cases? We're TOLD about their arrest by a third party. There were a lot of little things that didn't quite work (for me, at least)-- The first loophole that Douglas rules on made no sense both logically and legally. All (yes ALL) of the criminals in this movie, no matter their crime, are ridiculously strung out on drugs. The top secret star chamber is located in somebody's house in a room lined with open windows. Yeah I'm being nitpicky, but I was really disappointed by this one, especially given the cast. And why couldn't the judges stop that last hit? They clearly had time and there was no explanation as to how it would compromise their identities. Anyway, hope this helps somebody. Thanks.

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