History Film / TheStarChamber

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12th May '15 10:43:56 AM Morgenthaler
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Released in 1983, this crime drama starred Michael Douglas and Hal Holbrook. Michael Douglas is Stephen Hardin, a young superior court judge in L.A. who's frustrated with having to set guilty criminals [[OffonATechnicality free on technicalities]]. Hal Holbrook plays the older Judge Caulfield who initiates him into a group of judges who run an illegal secret court that reviews cases then votes to convict and sentence to death criminals they deem deserving. A hitman takes care of the rest.

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Released in 1983, 1983 and directed by Creator/PeterHyams, this crime drama starred Michael Douglas Creator/MichaelDouglas and Hal Holbrook. Michael Douglas is Stephen Hardin, a young superior court judge in L.A. who's frustrated with having to set guilty criminals [[OffonATechnicality free on technicalities]]. Hal Holbrook plays the older Judge Caulfield who initiates him into a group of judges who run an illegal secret court that reviews cases then votes to convict and sentence to death criminals they deem deserving. A hitman takes care of the rest.
19th Dec '14 1:31:22 AM falcon2484
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* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: As Monk and Coombs catch up to Hardin in the warehouse during the final foot chase, [[spoiler:the hitman shows up and blasts both of them, saving Hardin from being hurt or killed by them. Granted, he ''was'' there specifically to kill them, and Hardin, too, but still....]]

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* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: As Monk and Coombs catch up to Hardin in the warehouse during the final foot chase, chase and are about to shoot him, [[spoiler:the hitman shows up and blasts both of them, saving Hardin from being hurt or killed by them. killed. Granted, he the hitman ''was'' there specifically to kill them, and was going to shoot Hardin, too, but still....]]
19th Dec '14 1:29:05 AM falcon2484
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* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: As Monk and Coombs catch up to Hardin in the warehouse during the final foot chase, [[spoiler:the hitman shows up and blasts both of them, saving Hardin from being hurt or killed by them. Granted, he was there to kill them, and Hardin, too, but still....]]

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* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: As Monk and Coombs catch up to Hardin in the warehouse during the final foot chase, [[spoiler:the hitman shows up and blasts both of them, saving Hardin from being hurt or killed by them. Granted, he was ''was'' there specifically to kill them, and Hardin, too, but still....]]


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* CoversAlwaysLie: [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2003344640/tt0086356?ref_=tt_ov_i The DVD cover]] shows Michael Douglas as Judge Hardin holding a pistol. Hardin never holds a pistol in this movie, not even once.
19th Dec '14 1:23:09 AM falcon2484
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* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: As Monk and Coombs catch up to Hardin in the warehouse during the final foot chase, [[spoiler:the hitman shows up and blasts both of them, saving Hardin from being hurt or killed by them. Granted, he was there to kill them, and Hardin, too, but still....]]



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: As Monk and Coombs catch up to Hardin in the warehouse during the final foot chase, [[spoiler:the hitman shows up and blasts both of them, saving Hardin from being hurt or killed by them]].
19th Dec '14 1:19:12 AM falcon2484
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* BuddyCopShow: While not technically one, the film ''does'' have several pairs of officers in it. Detectives Mackey and Wiggan have some humorous banter (so much so that they could almost carry a movie all by themselves). So do Detective Sarkin and Officer Nelson have a sort of mentor/rookie relationship.

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* BuddyCopShow: While not technically one, the film ''does'' have several pairs of officers in it. Detectives Mackey and Wiggan have some humorous banter (so much so that they could almost carry a movie all by themselves). So themselves), as do Lowes and Wickman. Detective Sarkin and Officer Nelson have a sort of mentor/rookie relationship.


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--> "Listen, you're dealing with a plodder here....I happen to stick with something until I get an answer. Not because I think I'm a hot shit, but because I got nothin' else better to do. Listen, I wanted those two guys. I thought they did it. I wanted to bust 'em. Then it turns out that some other lice crawls out from under their rocks and they prove to be the guilty ones. But those first two, I would've got 'em. It might've taken a little while, but I would've got 'em. Otherwise, it didn't make much difference. That's all I got, is time. That's the advantage of a plodder. We're not fast. We're just persistent.


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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: As Monk and Coombs catch up to Hardin in the warehouse during the final foot chase, [[spoiler:the hitman shows up and blasts both of them, saving Hardin from being hurt or killed by them]].
19th Dec '14 12:49:08 AM falcon2484
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* BuddyCopShow: While not technically one, the film ''does'' have several pairs of officers in it. Detectives Mackey and Wiggan have some humorous banter (so much so that they could almost carry a movie all by themselves). So do Detective Sarkin and Officer Nelson have a sort of mentor/rookie relationship.
19th Dec '14 12:15:47 AM falcon2484
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* VomitingCop: Rookie Officer Nelson throws up after he and his partner see the remains of Daniel Lewin.
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--> '''Det. Mackey:''' Ah, shit. I joined the wrong thing.

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--> '''Det. Mackey:''' Ah, Oh, shit. I joined the wrong thing.
19th Dec '14 12:08:43 AM falcon2484
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After they dispatch two murderers, Hardin brings his own case up, wherein two burglars who allegedly raped and killed a little boy were set free by a good faith error of the police in gathering evidence. The hitman is sent out again. At the same time, a separate investigation has turned up evidence that indicates the boy was killed by members of a child porn ring, not them. Hardin is horrified by the error, and tries to have Judge Caulfield call off the hitman. Caulfield puts forth the following reasons for not calling off the hit: in order to protect themselves, neither the court or the hitman know each others' identity; also, the intended victims are probably guilty of other crimes and their deaths are an acceptable outcome. Besides, the court has to be protected for it to serve good. Hardin says they at least can warn the men, but Caulfield sees this as an unacceptable risk for exposure. Hardin attempts to stop the men from being killed before its too late...

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After they dispatch two murderers, Hardin brings his own case up, wherein two burglars who allegedly raped and killed a little boy were set free by a good faith error of the police in gathering evidence. The hitman is sent out again. At the same time, a separate investigation has turned up evidence that indicates the boy was killed by members of a child porn ring, not them. Hardin is horrified by the error, and tries to have Judge Caulfield call off the hitman. Caulfield puts forth the following reasons for not calling off the hit: in order to protect themselves, neither the court or the hitman know each others' identity; also, the intended victims are probably guilty of other crimes and their deaths are an acceptable outcome. Besides, the court has to be protected for it to serve good. Hardin says they at least can warn the men, but Caulfield sees this as an unacceptable risk for exposure. Hardin attempts to stop the men from being killed before its it's too late...


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* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: When Detectives Mackey and Wiggan are searching the gooey garbage inside the truck:
--> '''Det. Mackey:''' Join the police and see the world.
--> '''Det. Wiggan:''' It's "join the ''navy'' and see the world."
--> '''Det. Mackey:''' Ah, shit. I joined the wrong thing.
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