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Judge Steven Hardin (Michael Douglas) is discouraged by the failures of the legal system after seeing hardened criminals go free on technicalities. Acknowledging Hardin's perspective, his peer, Benjamin Caulfield (Hal Holbrook), introduces him to the Star Chamber, a secret organization that condones vigilante action in cases where justice has not been served. However, when the cabal sentences two criminals to death, and Hardin finds them falsely accused, he clashes with the powerful group.

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Michael Douglas
Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin
Hal Holbrook
Judge Benjamin Caulfield
Yaphet Kotto
Det. Harry Lowes
Sharon Gless
Emily Hardin
James B. Sikking
Dr. Harold Lewin
Joe Regalbuto
Arthur Cooms
Don Calfa
Lawrence Monk
John DiSanti
Det. James Wickman
Otis Day
Stanley Flowers
Larry Hankin
Det. Kenneth Wiggan
Dick Anthony Williams
Det. Paul Mackey
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Critic Reviews for The Star Chamber

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  • May 19, 2011
    I don't get why Michael Douglas, in the poster for the movie on this website, is holding a gun...he never even comes CLOSE to one, let alone use it. I just think it's quite odd. Anyway, I don't know what is it about this movie but I just didn't get into it at all. The idea is a pretty fantastic one, but a) They take to long to set up that idea and b) they never really do anything with it. There's three scenes where they're meeting, but each scene is probably a minute long. Quite frankly, I'd have preferred the entire movie to be just those meetings between them and the discussions that could come of that. I think the problem is, the movie has identity issues, it wants to be legally accurate, it wants to create discussion between the viewers about what they would do and it, somewhat, tries to be an action movie. There's a completely random, and really quite unnecessary car chase scene just because they COULD. It just doesn't work, some movies can handle different themes and ideas they want to get across (IE: Ghost Dog) and others just can't. This is one of the movies that can't. It's not a bad movie by any means, it certainly has its moments but for the potential the movie had is completely wasted. Which is why I'm hoping somebody makes a remake, or does a similar type of thing (as this actually happened in real life) because such a story is pretty much perfect for a movie. In fact, I'm quite surprised more movies haven't done this type of thing, it just seems like a no-brainer. As it stands, it's an ok movie with severe identity issues that just make the movie an underwhelming experience.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    Started off good then fell apart
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2008
    Could have been more than mildly entertaining.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2007
    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 B Super Reviewer

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