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5 August 1983 (USA) See more »
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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They were making a cerebral vigilante movie and an action film broke out. See more (34 total) »


  (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)
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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109 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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?

The dimly lit photograph of the nine Star Chamber judges appearing on the picture's main movie poster were nine people who were not actually the same nine actors who portrayed them in the movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Obvious stunt double when Judge Hardin is tumbling down the chute in Monk & Coombs' warehouse.See more »
Judge Benjamin Caulfield:Throw the stupid ball!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009) (V)See more »


Is "the Star Chamber" inspired by an older French movie?
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
They were making a cerebral vigilante movie and an action film broke out., 8 February 2003
Author: Gary M. James from United States

When "The Star Chamber" was released to theaters in 1983, the movie bombed at the box office. I was lucky to see the movie in its second week of release. I have seen the movie several times on cable TV and video and even though the movie had some good ideas, it was ruined by turning it into a mindless, sometimes laughable action thriller.

The story (by Roderick Taylor with the script co-written by Taylor and director Peter Hyams) rose slightly above the usual vigilante movie clichés. The movie asks what if some judges, frustrated by the law that they are supposed to uphold, took matters into their own hands? Despite strong evidence that would incriminate the accused, the judges have to reject the evidence on technicalities, freeing the accused individuals.

Though the film has a strong cast, I though Michael Douglas was a little too young to play a judge (he was 39 at the time the movie was released). Hal Holbrook is essentially playing the same role he played in Hyams other "what if?" conspiracy thriller a few years earlier (Capricorn One): the veteran judge who is involved in this conspiracy and gets the Douglas character involved.

Yaphet Kotto does what he can in the underwritten role of the L.A. police detective investigating the case. Sharon Gless is wasted as Douglas' understanding wife. Veteran character actors Don Calfa and Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana from "Murphy Brown") played the unsympathetic, cartoon criminals who are on the Chamber's hit list.

Only James B. Sikking's performance as a victim's father who finds himself in prison when he tries to take the law into his own hands, came through. It was a very sympathetic and heartbreaking. In retrospect, it's interesting that Sikking played the SWAT commander on "Hill Street Blues" when the movie was released.

Hyams' films (including "2010", "The Presidio", "Outland", the previously mentioned "Capricorn One", even the Jean Claude Van Damme flicks "Timecop" and "Sudden Death") are interesting to look at. "The Star Chamber" is no exception. But many of his films tend to disappoint and, sadly, "The Star Chamber" is also on that list.

Update (July 2006): The current DVD cover of the movie is misleading. It has Michael Douglas holding a gun. In the film, his character never used a gun. What's up with the 20th Century Fox marketing department trying to mislead potential viewers of this movie?

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