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The Star Chamber ()


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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.

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Steven Hardin
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Benjamin Caulfield
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Detective 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
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Detective James Wickman
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Stanley Flowers (as DeWayne Jessie)
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Hingle
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Detective Kenneth Wiggan
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Detective Paul Mackay
Margie Impert ...
Louise Rachmil
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Martin Hyatt
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Officer Nelson
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Judge Archer
Matthew Faison ...
Judge Stoner
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Robert Karras
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Judge Kirkland
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Judge Bocho
Jerry Taft ...
Judge Fogelson
Michael Austin ...
Judge Lang (as Mike Austin)
Sheldon Feldner ...
Judge Culhane
James Margolin ...
Albert Beamer
Hexin E. McPhee ...
Marvin Dewson
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Adrian Caulfield
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Assassin
Domingo Ambriz ...
Hector Andujar
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Mrs. Cummins
Charlie Stavola ...
Detective Sarkin
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Sgt. Spota
Paul Brennan ...
Gareth
Kate Zentall ...
Janet
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State Senator Walden (as George Cooper)
Gary Rebstock ...
Newscaster
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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 ...
1st Man
Jack Slate ...
2nd Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Armstrong ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Board ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Buckingham ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Fritzi Burr ...
Judge Alice McCardle (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ...
State Senator Walden (uncredited)
Ken DuMain ...
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Officer Pickett (uncredited)
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Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Phil Niekro ...
Baseball Game Pitcher (uncredited)
Norman Palmer ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Arnold Roberts ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Strong ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Van ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Hyams

Written by

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Roderick Taylor ... (screenplay) and
Peter Hyams ... (screenplay)
 
Roderick Taylor ... (story)

Produced by

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Kurt Neumann ... associate producer
Frank Yablans ... producer
Jonathan A. Zimbert ... associate producer (as Jonathan Zimbert)

Music by

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Michael Small

Cinematography by

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Richard N. Hannah ... (as Richard Hannah)

Film Editing by

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James Mitchell

Editorial Department

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Joanna Cappuccilli Lovetti ... assistant editor (as Joanna Cappuccilli)
Charles Tetoni ... associate editor

Casting By

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Penny Perry

Production Design by

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Bill Malley

Art Direction by

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Bo Welch ... (as Robert 'Bo' Welch)

Set Decoration by

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Rick Simpson

Costume Design by

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Patricia Norris

Makeup Department

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Dorothea Long ... hair stylist
Michael Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Kurt Neumann ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William S. Beasley ... first assistant director
Duncan Henderson ... second assistant director

Art Department

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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

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Ray Alba ... sound editor
Max Bell ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Carolyn Colwell ... assistant sound editor
Jerry Jost ... sound mixer
Richard Overton ... re-recording mixer
Bert Schoenfeld ... sound editor
Theodore Soderberg ... re-recording mixer
Paul Wells ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

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Henry Millar Jr. ... special effects
Jay King ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Stunts

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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 / stunts
Scott Wilder ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Annette Benson ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nancy Martinelli ... costumer: women
G. Tony Scarano ... costumer: men (as Tony Scarano)

Location Management

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Vince Trankina ... set location assistant
John R. Woodward ... location assistant

Music Department

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Jan Gershkoff ... music editor
Armin Steiner ... scoring mixer
John Audino ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Philip Ayling ... musician: woodwind (uncredited)
Israel Baker ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Arnold Belnick ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Charles Boito ... musician: woodwind (uncredited)
Dick Cathcart ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano ... musician: woodwind (uncredited)
Herman Clebanoff ... musician: violin (uncredited)
James Decker ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Dominick Fera ... musician: woodwind (uncredited)
Elizabeth Finch ... music copyist (uncredited)
Miles Goodman ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ralph Grierson ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Alan Harshman ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg ... musician: woodwind (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Nathan Kaproff ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Warren Luening ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Billy May ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Ted Nash ... musician: woodwind (uncredited)
David Newman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Richard Perissi ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Greg Poree ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Dorothy Remsen ... musician: harp (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Jay Rosen ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin ... music contractor (uncredited)
Wilbur Schwartz ... musician: woodwind (uncredited)
Ray Sherman ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
David Shostac ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Haim Shtrum ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Michael Small ... conductor (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Phillip A. Teele ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Ian Underwood ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Jerry Williams ... musician: drums (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dean E. Mason ... driver: cast
James Nordberg ... driver
Julio Salazar ... production driver

Other crew

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John Franco ... script supervisor
Claire Mactague ... production coordinator
Vince Martinez ... auditor
Lydia Telo ... assistant auditor
Arthur Wilde ... unit publicist

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Plot Summary

Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty. Written by

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • La nuit des juges (France)
  • Ein Richter sieht rot (Germany)
  • Los jueces de la ley (Spain)
  • Den inre cirkeln (Sweden)
  • La nuit des juges (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $1,980,105, 07 Aug 1983

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film's title is taken from a controversial English law court called the "Star Chamber" which was founded in 1487 by King Henry VII. This court sat at the Royal Palace of Westminster until 1641. The "Star Chamber" was so-called because the ceiling of the court where the judges met featured gold decorative stars. The court operated as a supplement to local justice processes where other courts of law could not for one reason or another enforce justice. This court took its name from another court also called the "Star Chamber" or "Starred Chamber" from the reign of King Edward II which functioned for meetings of the King's Council. See more »
Goofs During the chase scene between the Pontiac Firebird and the cops in the parking garage, several times skid marks can be seen along the path the cars follow. These marks follow through very narrow gaps between parked cars and concrete posts, areas in which cars would not normally travel. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Caroline and the Ultimatum (1999). See more »
Soundtracks New Church See more »
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 »
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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