A judge frustrated by the lenient legal system joins a secret group of judges who have set up their own court which operates outside the scope of the law. When "verdicts" are reached on two men who are later discovered to be innocent, serious ethical questions arise in this taut and interesting thriller.
Jack Kehoe - American Supporting Actor
Frances Bergen - Supporting Actress
Dana Gladstone - Supporting Actor
Joe Regalbuto - TV/Film Actor
David Proval - American Actor/"Mean Sts"
Peter Hyams - Director/Director Of Photography/Screenwriter
Larry Hankin - TV/Film Actor
Matthew Faison - American Actor
Dick Anthony Williams - American Supporting Actor
John DiSanti - Star, THE STAR CHAMBER (1983)
Hal Holbrook - American actor, MARK TWAIN TONIGHT/ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. - American actor, MARK TWAIN TONIGHT/ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
Don Calfa - American Supporting Actor
Sharon Gless - American actress, CAGNEY & LACEY, QUEER AS FOLK
Robin Gammell - Actress/"Panic In Echo"
Yaphet Kotto - American Actor
Roderick Taylor - Screenwriter/Director
Michael Douglas - Actor, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO/WALL STREET
Jason Bernard - Actor/"Blue Thunder"
James B. Sikking - American TV/Film Actor
James Sikking - American TV/Film Actor
Hardin is a hard-working, honest judge becoming frustrated with a legal system, that continuously forces him to release criminals on technicalities. He reaches his breaking point when he must set free two members of a child-pornography ring accused of murdering a boy. Feeling defeated, Hardin turns to his mentor Judge Caulfield, who ushers him into a secret society of magistrates called the Star Chamber. These judges act as deadly vigilantes, exacting revenge on heinous lawbreakers freed on technicalities. But when the Star Chamber sets its sights on the child-porno duo, Hardin finds himself protecting the killers, who may not be guilty after all.
"...The STAR CHAMBER has a well-meaning urgency and it is an entertaining film..." - 08/05/1983 New York Times, p.C8
"...THE STAR CHAMBER admirably tackles a national threat..." - 08/03/1983 Variety