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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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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
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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
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Louise Pacinni
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Dept. Dist. Atty. Martin Hyatt
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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 HAVE COMMITED EVERY CRIME IN THE BOOK. Yet the law cannot touch them. They are free to walk the streets. UNTIL TONIGHT'S MEETING OF... [THE STAR CHAMBER] [UK Theatrical] See more »


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5 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Richter sieht rot  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,980,105 (USA) (7 August 1983)

Gross:

$5,555,305 (USA)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Hal Holbrook leads a group of vigilante judges in this movie, and similarly, in another legal drama-thriller, Holbrook leads a team of rebel lawyers, in the later film The Firm (1993), which debuted exactly approximately a decade or ten years after 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

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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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 Criminal Minds: The Black Queen (2014) See more »

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Boys in the Brigade
Perffomed by Youth Brigade
courtesy of Better Youth Records
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Awesome!
10 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is one of my favorite movies of all time! Not only does it have an all star cast, but is well written and really brings up some very good points about the law. The acting is amazing and is a great story. Deserves 4 stars instead of the two it received. Star Chamber has some of the best actors in it, including Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Don Calfa, and Joe Regalbuto, just to name a few of the most popular. If you haven't seen this movie, SEE IT. It deals with the law and how the American Justice system is sometimes perverted, and an idea that even though the law isn't always right, it has its reasons for being that way.


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