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


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5 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Câmara Secreta  »

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$5,600,000 (USA)
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The names of the Star Chamber judges were Judge Hardin, Judge Caulfield, Judge Archer, Judge Stoner, Judge Kirkland, Judge Bocho, Judge Fogelson, Judge Lang and Judge Culhane. 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: Someone has taken justice and hidden it in the law.
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References The Parallax View (1974) See more »

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Someone has taken justice and hidden it in the law.
12 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

10 years after some rookie cops took it upon themselves to meet out justice in Magnum Force, a group of judges decide to do the same thing. They are deciding to punish those who use the law to get released on technicalities. Sound familiar? Maybe it's a good idea, as they look like they are going to remake this picture in a couple of years.

Michael Douglas (Oscar-winning producer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Oscar-winning actor in Wall Street) is a judge who is fed up with having to release child murderers. Hal Holbrook (4-time Emmy winner) convinces him that they have a better way. Unfortunately something goes wrong. In ride Yaphet Kotto (Emmy-nominated) to the rescue. I like Kotto and he doesn't disappoint here.

I even got to see Sharon Gless, who I haven't seen since Cagney & Lacey, and James Sikking, who I recall from Hill Street Blues.

Great concept, but they did it better on Magnum Force.


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