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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

Director Peter Hyams created lighting innovations to create the eerie atmosphere of the movie, including a daylight lamp, and utilizing light beams for the exterior shots. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin: The law. Nothing is right or wrong! It's either the law or its not the law. Well, we got a problem here, because it's not working anymore. It turns out that right and wrong count.
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Connections

References The Parallax View (1974) See more »

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

 
Refreshing.
31 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Not altogether successful, but fully absorbing and thought-provoking film, with an exceptional performance by Douglas, even if he looks a bit too young to be a judge. Director Hyams knows how to shoot chase sequences, but he should have included less of them here. Still, it's refreshing to watch a movie that's suspenseful without being brainless. I recommend this film to eclectic viewers.


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