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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin
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Judge Benjamin Caulfield
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Det. Harry Lowes
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Emily Hardin
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Dr. Harold Lewin (as James B. Sikking)
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Arthur Cooms
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Lawrence Monk
John DiSanti ...
Det. James Wickman
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Stanley Flowers (as DeWayne Jessie)
Jack Kehoe ...
Hingle
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Det. Kenneth Wiggan
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Det. Paul Mackey
Margie Impert ...
Louise Pacinni
Dana Gladstone ...
Dept. Dist. Atty. Martin Hyatt
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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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They are the most powerful members of our community. They have a shattering secret. Only one man is willing to stop them. [Video Australia] See more »


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5 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Richter sieht rot  »

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$5,600,000 (USA)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Second of three movies where actor Hal Holbrook leads a group of outlaw law professionals with all three pictures being made and released exactly a decade apart. In 1973's Magnum Force (1973), Holbrook lead a group of rebel cops; in 1983's The Star Chamber (1983), Holbrook heads a court of vigilante judges; whilst similarly in another legal drama-thriller, Holbrook would later lead a team of renegade lawyers in 1993's The Firm (1993). See more »

Goofs

At the Atlanta Braves game Michael Douglas is sitting next to Hal Holbrook to Holbrook's left. In two wide angle shots of the seats Michael Douglas does not appear. Just Holbrook's wife and Douglas' wife. See more »

Quotes

Judge Benjamin Caulfield: It's always been a game, only now the bad guys have a stronger team, got a better draft.
Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin: You know I took a lot of notes in your class and I can never remember you saying anything quite like that.
Judge Benjamin Caulfield: You should have taken fewer notes and listened more.
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Connections

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

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Boys in the Brigade
Perffomed by Youth Brigade
courtesy of Better Youth Records
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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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