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Judgment Night (1993)

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Three friends on their way to a boxing match get caught in heavy traffic, so they take a shortcut in order to get there faster, unfortunately it leads to them witnessing a murder which leaves them running for their lives.

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Storyline

Four pals are on their way to a boxing match, but gets stuck in heavy traffic. To get to the boxing match in time they take the first exit they find to find another way to the venue. As they are driving around lost in gang-land they get stuck and witness a brutal murder. The killer wants no witnesses and tries to kill them too. The four pals get away the first time, but the killer is soon back on their tail again while they are trying to find help in the middle of nowhere. Written by Anonymous

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boxing match | murder | lost | 1990s | escape | See more »

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In a deadly game of cat and mouse, they must fight to survive. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and brutality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

La noche del juicio  »

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$12,136,938 (USA)
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Alan Silvestri's first score was rejected. The original score was entirely electronic but the film-makers asked him to beef up with action with an orchestral score. The electronic sounds were dropped and a new score written. See more »

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When we see the shot of Frank's license, his street is listed as Deadwood Place. Later, when Fallon says he knows where Frank lives, he states the street name as Deadwood Drive. See more »

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Fallon: Let me tell you something, Ray. You don't understand shit, OK? Nothing. Guys like you check to see if they got a dick. I got one. You and your friends are the kind of spoon-fed fucking fruit bait that I fucking HATE!
Ray Cochran: I don't think you understood me.
Fallon: Shut the fuck up. You speak when fucking spoken to, okay. This is not fucking high school, motherfucker. I'll eat your fucking friends for fucking lunch. You know who we are? You got no fucking idea, do you? No. Jerks like you sail through life, ...
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Just Another Victim
Written by Page Hamilton (as Page Nye Hamilton), Henry Bogdan (as Henry G. Bogdan),
John Stanier (as John D. Stanier Jr.), Erik Schrody (as Eric Shrody) and Leor Dimant
Performed by Helmet and House of Pain
Helmet Appears Courtesy of Interscope Records
House of Pain Appears Courtesy of Soul Assassins/Tommy Boy Records
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Great suspense, awesome set-pieces
8 February 1999 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Since seeing this film I've never been comfortable with Denis Leary as a comedian because he's so damn convincing as the cold-hearted bad guy in this. I think he's a great actor but this is the movie to see him in as it's A. His best performance and B. One of the best villains ever in movies.

Leary plays Fallon, a dangerous criminal from Chicago's bad side. And when four middle class pals from the quiet suburbs cross him and witness a murder a chase across derelict landscapes follows. The spoon-fed quartet are way out of their comfort zone and have no idea how to navigate the ghetto or deal with its dwellers. Peter Greene, an actor always like to see, plays Sykes, one of Fallon's cohorts as well as Everlast from the rap group House of Pain as Rhodes. They sure do make a threatening impression.

Judgment Night kind of comes across as a modern, urban Deliverance. There are many similarities between them but Judgment Night clearly has more excitement. Estevez (who was cast very late after Tom Cruise and Christian Slater turned down the lead role), Gooding Jnr, Piven and Dorff play well off each other and Piven especially seems to really get into the whiny runt of his character. Though the editors really should have cut down the in-fighting and petty bickering between the quartet as it often slows the film down to a complete stop.

Director Stephen Hopkins (who also did Predator 2 and Blown Away) uses creeping camera movements and neo-noir lighting to provoke multiple eerie moments as well as a great deal of tension. Slow-mo and warped sound effects are also used to great effect in the finale. Alan Silvestri's score is also one of his best, alternating between several different moods. His first score (electronic based) was rejected by Hopkins but that difficult decision proved be a good judgment (ha!) as the end result is one of the film's best features.

Judgment Night is certainly an overlooked tour-de-force and is a brilliant action film with fine performances all round, but Leary completely and utterly steals the show.


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