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

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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 DiSanti
as Detective James Wickman
John De Santi
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
George Cooper
as State Senator Walden
Robert Costanzo
as Sgt. Spota
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

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

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

July 22, 2008

Outstanding performances across the board.

Full Review… | April 8, 2007

Conspiracy abounds in this early Michael Douglas far fetcher.

February 20, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

A couple of great chases, but it doesn't quite live up to its intriguing premise.

March 9, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The Star Chamber is an intense, thought-provoking, great-looking action-packed thriller. Sadly overlooked in theaters, this is truly an '80s buried treasure.

October 10, 2005
Fantastica Daily

While the movie is set in L.A., the rules of justice appear exaggerated to the point where the film seems to be taking place in a different country, but it doesn't really matter. It would be great fun just to put up your feet and watch director Peter Hyam

October 14, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Star Chamber

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 Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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
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

Super Reviewer

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