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The Star Chamber (Bilingual) [Import]


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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless, James Sikking
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Peter Hyams, Roderick Taylor
  • Producers: Frank Yablans, Jonathan A. Zimbert, Kurt Neumann
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: Feb. 1 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z2NQI


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on Feb. 8 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Michael Douglas portrays an idealistic L.A. County superior court judge who finds himself in a cabal of judges known as THE STAR CHAMBER, in this 1983 film of the same name directed and co-written by Peter Hyams (OUTLAND; CAPRICORN ONE; 2010). His character is frustrated about letting criminals go scot-free on charges ranging from kidnapping to murder because of technicalities; even though the evidence would clearly put these thugs on ice, improper procedures by the police force Douglas to obey the letter of the law and dismiss them.
But he gets a look into this Star Chamber cabal from his mentor (Hal Holbrook, good as ever), where he and seven other judges, plus Douglas now, pass judgment on and later find and execute the criminals. In essence, this Star Chamber consists of judges so fed up with the System that they resort to vigilantism. Douglas, however, doesn't see this particular cabal as the answer, and he has to struggle with this dichotomy.
In a twisted sort of way, this seems like the 1973 Dirty Harry film MAGNUM FORCE as reimagined by John Grisham (though this was years before Grisham was ever widely known). But I think the film, though imperfect in places, makes it clear that a private cabal of judges deciding on the violent punishment of criminals who slip through on technicalities is no better (and realistically far worse) than a flawed prosecution in a real court of law. We may think the justice system is slanted so heavily in favor of the criminals, but that's only because that one day, through some weird twists of fate, we too may find ourselves in the position of the criminals.
Douglas and Holbrook are well-matched here, and Hyams' direction, aided by his co-screenwriter Roderick Taylor, brings out some good points in a somewhat flawed but otherwise well-done courtroom drama that is in need of a revival.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23 2004
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It is often said that one of the cornerstones of our criminal justice system is the concept that it is better to let a hundred guilty men go free than to convict one innocent. But what if you had to live in the community where those hundred guilty murderers and rapists were set free...?
Although an imperfect film, I thought it did a good job of being fair to both sides of the argument (just like the film "Magnum Force"), being unusually free of the usual liberal Hollywood bias.
The criminal justice system will always be flawed, because human beings are flawed, they still make mistakes even when they try their best. But let's face it, even though the standard is supposed to be "proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," day after day after day suave defense attorneys bamboozle sheepish jurors into a standard of "beyond the shadow of a doubt." Many defense attorneys often don't try cases -- they try causes. They ask the jury not to render a verdict based on the evidence or the facts of the case at hand, but instead based on how they feel about some social or political issue that they claim is the REAL reason why their client was charged. Time and again, judges, jurors, prosecutors, police and the public are asked to gouge their own eyes out and lobotomize themsleves into ignoring clear evidence of guilt -- even when it proves guilt beyond the shadow of a doubt -- because of some highly unlikely technical interpretation and misapplication of the letter of the law in order to violate its spirit. To many defense lawyers, the term "intellectual honesty" is an oxymoron.... (If you doubt anything in this paragraph, then you've obviously never heard of the OJ Simpson case.)
It is easy to understand Michael Douglas' frustrations as a judge.
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I saw this movie a long time ago and still remember it well. A group of judges, dissatisfied with the system that can let a dangerous criminal walk due to a technicality, decide to retry the same criminals in a closed room, free of the rules of normal courtroom procedure. When they come up with a "guilty" verdict, the group sends a hitman to eliminate the criminal that got off.
Eventually, they try to enlist Michael Douglas into their group. The movie does bear a lot of resemblance to the Dirty Harry movie "The Enforcer," but it is still great in its own right.
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By Amir W. Saeed on Oct. 19 2003
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I remember catching this film on Showtime or Cinemax, one boring weekday evening, and being captured by the cinematography, lighting, mood, etc.. Now as far as the central focus of the plot is concerned the reviewer from Salem, IN is 100% on point, but the film would definitely have been infinitely better if the ending was half as a smart as the rest of the picture.
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By A Customer on July 14 2002
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i really like this better than any of michael douglas' performances. he desreved an award for this rather than WALL STREET. i found it more suspenseful than FATAL ATTRACTION. i highly recommend this on DVD in the near future. i have a growing DVD library but i don't feel it's complete without this movie among them. i just have to say to anyone out there who is reading this and in the amazon.com business that i really do hope and pray that THE STAR CHAMBER comes on DVD soon. even if it wasn't one of michael douglas' most talked about and popular flicks, it's a masterpiece in my book. please get this video relesed on DVD soon, real soon.
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