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.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Michael Douglas
as Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin
Hal Holbrook
as Judge Benjamin Caulfield
Yaphet Kotto
as Det. Harry Lowes
Sharon Gless
as Emily Hardin
James B. Sikking
as Dr. Harold Lewin
Joe Regalbuto
as Arthur Cooms
Don Calfa
as Lawrence Monk
John De Santi
as Detective James Wickman
John DiSanti
as Detective James Wickman
DeWayne Jessie
as Stanley Flowers
Jack Kehoe
as Hingle
Larry Hankin
as Detective Kenneth Wiggen
Dick Anthony Williams
as Detective Paul MacKay
Margie Impert
as Louise Rachmil
Dana Gladstone
as Martin Hyatt
Fred McCarren
as Robert Karras
James Margolin
as Albert Beamer
Diana Douglas
as Adrian Caulfield
Keith Buckley
as Assassin
Domingo Ambriz
as Hector Andujar
Frances Bergen
as Mrs. Cummins
Charlie Stavola
as Detective Serkin
Robert Costanzo
as Sgt. Spota
George Cooper
as State Senator Walden
Paul Brennan
as Garreth
David Proval
as Officer Nelson
Robin Gammell
as Judge Archer
Matthew Faison
as Judge Stoner
Michael Ensign
as Judge Kirkland
Jason Bernard
as Judge Bocho
Jerry Taft
as Judge Fogelson
Mike Austin
as Judge Lang
Sheldon Feldner
as Judge Culhane
Gary Rebstock
as Newscaster
David Faustino
as Tony Hardin
Jason Tomarken
as Max Hardin
George Dickerson
as George Tillis
Eddy C. Dyer
as Garbage Man
John Garrett
as Chuck Hurley
Danna Hyams
as Caroline
Don Pulford
as Bailiff
Ron Cummins
as Man No. 1
Jack Slate
as Man No. 2
George A. Cooper
as State Senator Walden
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Critic Reviews for The Star Chamber

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 22, 2008

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February 29, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Star Chamber

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
Sarah Green

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
Byron Brubaker

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One of the most realistic movies ever made depicting internal conflicts in the practice the Law in the U.S. It also illustrates the core foundation and illustrates why we have the safeguards we have in the U.S. Consitution...awesome....this was Michael Douglas at his best...

D. Mauro
D. Mauro

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