The Star Chamber (1983)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.


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Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Roderick Taylor (screenplay), Peter Hyams (screenplay), Roderick Taylor (story)

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14 March 2014 | callanvass
6
| Buyoed by a great cast
(Credit IMDb) Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.

I wouldn't call this one of Douglas's best movies, but it is fairly enjoyable for a thriller. Douglas hadn't attained the star power like he would in the upcoming years at this juncture. It is clearly evident that he would become a household name in the acting world. This is a good story about uncovering the corrupt system. It's nice to see a Judge that cares, wanting to do right. If anything else, this movie will uplift you. It's definitely worth a look

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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).


Quotes

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.


Goofs

Obvious stunt double when Judge Hardin is tumbling down the chute in Monk & Coombs' warehouse.


Crazy Credits

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.


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New Church
Performed by
The Lords of the New Church
Written by Brian James (uncredited) and Stiv Bators (uncredited)
courtesy of IRS Records

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Genres

Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,980,105 7 August 1983

Gross USA:

$5,555,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,555,305

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