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Director:
Writers:
Roderick Taylor (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
5 August 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Intelligent debate film but has a clumsy conclusion See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Douglas ... Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin

Hal Holbrook ... Judge Benjamin Caulfield

Yaphet Kotto ... Det. Harry Lowes

Sharon Gless ... Emily Hardin

James Sikking ... Dr. Harold Lewin (as James B. Sikking)

Joe Regalbuto ... Arthur Cooms

Don Calfa ... Lawrence Monk
John DiSanti ... Det. James Wickman

Otis Day ... Stanley Flowers (as DeWayne Jessie)
Jack Kehoe ... Hingle

Larry Hankin ... Det. Kenneth Wiggan

Dick Anthony Williams ... Det. Paul Mackey
Margie Impert ... Louise Pacinni
Dana Gladstone ... Dept. Dist. Atty. Martin Hyatt

David Proval ... Officer Nelson
Robin Gammell ... Judge Archer
Matthew Faison ... Judge Stoner
Fred McCarren ... Robert Karras

Michael Ensign ... Judge Kirkland
Jason Bernard ... Judge Bocho
Jerry Taft ... Judge Fogelson
Michael Austin ... Judge Lang (as Mike Austin)
Sheldon Feldner ... Superior Court Judge James Culhane
James Margolin ... Albert R. Beamer

Hexin E. McPhee ... Marvin Dewson

Diana Douglas ... Adrian Caulfield
Keith Buckley ... Assassin
Domingo Ambriz ... Hector Andujar
Frances Bergen ... Mrs. Cummins

Charlie Stavola ... Det. Sarkin

Robert Costanzo ... Sgt. Spota
Paul Brennan ... Gareth
Kate Zentall ... Janet
George A. Cooper ... State Sen. Walden (as George Cooper)
Gary Rebstock ... Eyewitness News newscaster

David Faustino ... Tony Hardin
Jason Tomarken ... Max Hardin
George Dickerson ... George Tillis
Eddy C. Dyer ... Garbage man
John C. Garrett ... Chuck Hurley (as John Garrett)
Danna Hyams ... Caroline Stout
Alan Oliney ... Ladd
Don Pulford ... Bailiff
Ron Cummins ... Man #1
Jack Slate ... Man #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Lane Cooper ... State Senator Walden (uncredited)
Charles Hallahan ... Officer Pickett (uncredited)
Phil Niekro ... Baseball Game Pitcher (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Hyams 
 
Writing credits
Roderick Taylor (screenplay) and
Peter Hyams (screenplay)

Roderick Taylor (story)

Produced by
Kurt Neumann .... associate producer
Frank Yablans .... producer
Jonathan A. Zimbert .... associate producer (as Jonathan Zimbert)
 
Original Music by
Michael Small 
 
Cinematography by
Richard N. Hannah  (as Richard Hannah)
 
Film Editing by
James Mitchell 
 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
 
Production Design by
Bill Malley 
 
Art Direction by
Bo Welch  (as Robert 'Bo' Welch)
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Simpson 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
 
Makeup Department
Dorothea Long .... hair stylist
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kurt Neumann .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... first assistant director
Duncan Henderson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
George Eckert .... set designer
Jack Johnson .... illustrator (as John C. Johnson Jr.)
Howard McCormick II .... lead man (as Howard McCormick)
Everett Olson .... construction coordinator
William James Teegarden .... set designer (as William T. Teegarden)
Marty Wunderlich .... property master
 
Sound Department
Ray Alba .... sound editor
Max Bell .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Carolyn Colwell .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Jost .... sound mixer
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Bert Schoenfeld .... sound editor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Wells .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects
Jay King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Jadie David .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Ken Fritz .... stunts
Pat Green .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as Jimmy Halty)
Roy E. Harrison .... stunts (as Roy F. Harrison)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts
Ann Pat Kelly .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunts (as Mike Runyard)
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts (as Sharon M. Schaffer)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barbier .... still photographer
John Baron .... gaffer
Don E. FauntLeRoy .... assistant camera (as Don E. Fauntleroy)
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Alan Landaker .... video coordinator (as Alan Landacker)
Hal Landaker .... video coordinator (as Hal Landacker)
Tom May .... key grip
John C. Moulds .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Annette Benson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Martinelli .... costumer: women
G. Tony Scarano .... costumer: men (as Tony Scarano)
 
Editorial Department
Joanna Cappuccilli Lovetti .... assistant editor (as Joanna Cappuccilli)
Charles Tetoni .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Jan Gershkoff .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Armin Steiner .... scoring mixer
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dean E. Mason .... driver: cast
James Nordberg .... driver
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Claire Mactague .... production coordinator
Vince Martinez .... auditor
Lydia Telo .... assistant auditor
Vince Trankina .... set location assistant
Arthur Wilde .... unit publicist
John R. Woodward .... location assistant
 

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Runtime:
109 min
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #26711) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: 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:
Dr. Harold Lewin:Goddamit, NO!See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Parallax View (1974)See more »

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Is "the Star Chamber" inspired by an older French movie?
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent debate film but has a clumsy conclusion, 11 January 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Judge Hardin has a problem. He is beginning to be disillusioned by the legal system he represents and is repeatedly forced to release people who are clearly guilty due to legal technicalities set-up to protect the innocent. When the torture and murder of children comes before his court he is forced to release the suspects leading him to join a select court of Judges who are self appointed to a shadowy group that pass judgment behind closed doors before employing a hitman to carry out the sentence. However it doesn't take long before developments show Hardin the limitations of this alternative version of justice.

The story here is in two parts. First we have the investigation side where Detective Lowes and others try to catch the child killers, but we also have the side with Hardin and the other Judges. The latter allows the film to debate the issues of justice and the legal system using the former as the catalyst for the debate. Both strands are fascinating when separate however when the two come together for the conclusion it doesn't quite work. The film is then forced to pick a side and manages to fudge it a bit and lose it's way. Up until then it's a great piece of work that makes intelligent argument both in attack and defence of the legal system. The film is still relevant today - in the UK we recently saw the alleged Lawrence killers walk free despite overwhelming evidence due to technicalities - in fact it is probably more relevant than it was then.

The cast are roundly good - Douglas is good despite his slight scout style character. Holbrook does one of the best performances I've seen him give and Kotto adds some real class. It also gives small roles to Gless and David Proval (Ritchie in The Sopranos). The only weak link are the bug-eyed performances of suspected murders Monk and Cooms who are almost like cartoon characters at times.

Overall an intelligent film that manages to hold a clever debate before blowing it with a ham-fisted conclusion.

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