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on 2 January 2013
It must be 20 years ago that I saw this film, but it has remained fresh in my mind ever since. Michael Douglas, in what is probably a career-best performance, plays Judge Hardin, a high-minded officer of the judicial system who becomes frustrated at the law's perceived inability to adequately punish those who are clearly guilty, but who get off on the technicalities that he is duty-bound to enforce. He comes to hear of the Star Chamber - not a changing-room for celebrities but a shadowy vigilante organisation named after the Tudor court that handed out summary punishment to those who fell foul of its power. The film's Star Chamber, made up in the main of judiciary members who, like Hardin, are sick of seeing offenders go free, meet in camera once a month or so and decide amongst thenmselves whether or not an accused party is really guilty. If they decide he is, they send an assassin out to get him. All goes well until Hardin discovers that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, an apparently guilty pair of lowlifes are, in fact, not guilty after all. He sets out to try and save them...

This is more than just a good thriller. It raises fundamental points about the probity of the law, and whether or not vigilante action is ever really justified; whether the judicial system - ANY judicial system - is adequate to its purpose and, if it isn't, what should be done about it.
I haven't seen hide nor hair of this cracking little thriller for a good twenty years, so I don't know how it would stand up now, but I suspect it is as good now as it ever was (mullet haircuts notwithstanding). If you get a chance, watch it.
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on 4 January 2016
Brilliant film! Although a little old, here we have the very best in fast track privatised justice, with a shadowy cabal of rich white American males deciding the fate of people the courts refused to convict because of that irritating fly in the ointment- people's rights. Michael Douglas is obviously old Labour, because he is not happy about this process!
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on 5 November 2012
i remember seeing this film approx 20 years ago i thought it was a great film so deciced to get it again off amazon it arrived within a few days but even though it is quite dated i would recomend it
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on 29 July 2014
Fit for purpose
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on 31 January 2016
Great film..
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on 11 December 2014
Great idea
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on 31 October 2015
I cannot play it on UK DVD/Blu-Ray player.
Warning - this is a waste of money !!
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on 22 October 2009
made 36yrs ago very good story,still stands up today,about time someone made a remake,would be big box office
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on 14 December 2012
Really great film kept me on the edge so my seat great acting by everyone...watched it about 4times now...but it people
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