R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
Debut cinema movie at 20th Century Fox for actor Michael Douglas who during the 1980s would make a number of pictures with this studio. The Star Chamber (1983) was the very first of these films at Fox for Douglas with the subsequent films being Wall Street (1987), Romancing the Stone (1984), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), The War of the Roses (1989), and in the early 1990s, 1992's Shining Through (1992), making it a total of six films within about a decade. Other movies Douglas made with Fox include "Don't Say A Word" (2001), "The Sentinel" (2006), and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (2010).
Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin:
The law. Nothing is right or wrong! It's either the law or its not the law. Well, we got a problem here, because it's not working anymore. It turns out that right and wrong count.
Obvious stunt double when Judge Hardin is tumbling down the chute in Monk & Coombs' warehouse.
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.
$1,980,105 7 August 1983