The Star Chamber (1983)




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Fed up with watching vicious criminals walk on technicalities and loopholes, judge Michael Douglas accepts his older colleague Hal Holbrook's invitation to join "The Star Chamber." This sub-rosa organization consists of nine like-minded judges who endeavor to take the law into their own hands.

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Roderick Taylor, Peter Hyams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment



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as Det. Harry Lowes

as Emily Hardin

as Dr. Harold Lewin

as Arthur Cooms

as Lawrence Monk

as Detective James Wick...

as Detective James Wick...

as Stanley Flowers

as Hingle

as Detective Kenneth Wi...

as Detective Paul MacKa...

as Louise Rachmil

as Martin Hyatt

as Robert Karras

as Albert Beamer

as Adrian Caulfield

as Assassin

as Hector Andujar

as Mrs. Cummins

as Detective Serkin

as Sgt. Spota

as State Senator Walden

as Garreth

as Officer Nelson

as Judge Archer

as Judge Stoner

as Judge Kirkland

as Judge Bocho

as Judge Fogelson

as Judge Lang

as Judge Culhane

as Newscaster

as Tony Hardin

as Max Hardin

as George Tillis

as Garbage Man

as Chuck Hurley

as Caroline

as Bailiff

as Man No. 1

as Man No. 2

as State Senator Walden
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Critic Reviews for The Star Chamber

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A tour-de-force thriller from Hyams and Douglas... its final moments are as gripping as Superglue!

July 23, 2008

Outstanding performances across the board.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Star Chamber


Good thriller with interesting implications on the justice system. From what I remember, the poster is a bit misleading by having Douglas armed and ready with a gun. He is a judge! The movie consists of mostly psychological thrills.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


Could have been more than mildly entertaining.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

This was decent enough story about corruption in the legal system with Michael Douglas. It's slow going but interesting with a one exciting scene whee an illicit PCP lab exploding. It makes a good follow up to And Justice For All.

Sarah Green

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