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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.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Roderick Taylor (screenplay), Peter Hyams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Steven Hardin
Hal Holbrook ... Benjamin Caulfield
Yaphet Kotto ... Detective 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 ... Detective James Wickman
Otis Day ... Stanley Flowers (as DeWayne Jessie)
Jack Kehoe ... Hingle
Larry Hankin ... Detective Kenneth Wiggan
Dick Anthony Williams ... Detective Paul Mackay
Margie Impert Margie Impert ... Louise Rachmil
Dana Gladstone ... Martin Hyatt
David Proval ... Officer Nelson
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Someone has hidden justice within the law. Now justice is breaking out. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Richter sieht rot See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,980,105, 7 August 1983

Gross USA:

$5,555,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,555,305
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first of three Michael Douglas movies co-starring Jack Kehoe, the other two being "The Game" and "Falling Down". 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 »

Quotes

Judge Benjamin Caulfield: Throw the stupid ball!
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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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A Most Secret Society
3 March 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Star Chamber is a film that operates under the premise that the legal system has gone awry and it's up to the judges to apply corrective action to the decisions they officially make in court. Interestingly enough Hal Holbrook who came to that conclusion as Lieutenant Briggs in the Dirty Harry film Magnum Force, is now taking a similar position as a judge.

Michael Douglas as a young Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles has reached the same crossroads. After a couple of decisions on procedure that resulted in criminals being cut loose, he starts to question whether the whole criminal justice system is out of whack. That's when Hal Holbrook tells him about a most secret society.

A panel of nine judges have taken it upon themselves to overrule their own rulings. Douglas eagerly joins them, but certain things to go off course for him and he questions whether he's made the right career move.

The cases that Douglas came a cropper on is stuff straight out of the Law and Order episode file. In that series sometimes I think the judge's rulings are somewhat bizarre. Of course in that series it just makes Jack McCoy and his successor try all the harder to win.

It's a nice film, but I do get the feeling that Star Chamber is a Law and Order episode stretched out for a feature film.


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