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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 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  »

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

Part of an early to mid 1980s cycle of vigilante movies which included Death Wish II (1982), Fighting Back (1982), Vigilante (1983), The Exterminator (1980), Death Wish 3 (1985), Exterminator 2 (1984), and The Star Chamber (1983). 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

Dr. Harold Lewin: Look at the goddamn photograph.
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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

References The Parallax View (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

New Church
Performed by The Lords of the New Church
Written by Brian James (uncredited) and Stiv Bators (uncredited)
courtesy of IRS 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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