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Judge Dredd (1995)

 -  Action | Crime | Sci-Fi  -  30 June 1995 (USA)
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In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers) is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderous counterpart escapes.

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Cadet Nathan Olmeyer
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Warden Miller (as Maurice Roeves)
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Mean Machine (as Chris Adamson)
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Judge Carlos Esposito
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Judge Gerald Silver
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Storyline

In the year 2139, the Earth has changed into a virtually uninhabitable place called the Cursed Earth. All of the Earth's population have crowded into the cities across the planet, now known as Mega-Cities. The crimes in these Mega-Cities became so violent and so powerful, that the regular justice system was powerless to contain, then it collapsed completely. However, a new justice system came from the ashes, there were three justice systems in one (police, jury and executioner), they were called Judges. In Mega-City One (formerly, New York City), there was a Judge, named Joseph Dredd, who was the toughest and most stringent Judge in history. One day, he was charged with murder, and was tried and sentenced to life in prison because of it. Then Dredd found out that it was in fact a person who shares his DNA: renegade Judge Rico. Now Dredd has to find out what Rico is planning to do, and to discover about his past. Written by John Wiggins

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judge | justice | police | future | murder | See more »

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One man is Judge, Jury, AND Executioner. See more »


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Rated R for continuous violent action | See all certifications »

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30 June 1995 (USA)  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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£7,023,123 (UK) (15 September 1995)
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As well as creating a story not featured in any of the original 2000AD comics, the film follows very little of their history, making it non-canonical. One of the main differences was that in the film Judge Griffin is a scheming, cold-hearted villain who wants to turn Mega City One into an even more authoritarian society, in the comics he was an honorable man who was head of the academy before becoming Chief Judge of Mega City One (the film calls this position "Chief Justice") and had personally trained Dredd and was a mentor to him. These character themes were seemingly transferred to Chief Justice Fargo in the film, who in the comics retired as Chief Judge before Dredd was born. Although the film does follow the comics in that he is the DNA "father" of Dredd and Rico (who are cloned from him). See more »

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"Pa" Angel introduces his elder son (played by Phil Smeeton) as Link, but in the closing credits the character name is Fink. According to comics, Link, Junior and Mean Machine have a brother named Fink, but he does not appear in the film. See more »

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Narrator: In the third millennium, the world changed. Climate, nations, all were in upheaval. The Earth transformed into a poisonous, scorched desert, known as "The Cursed Earth". Millions of people crowded into a few Megacities, where roving bands of street savages created violence the justice system could not control. Law, as we know it, collapsed. From the decay rose a new order, a society ruled by a new, elite force. A force with the power to dispense both justice and punishment. They ...
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Release the Pressure
Performed by Leftfield
Produced and Mixed by Leftfield
Published by Hard (U.K.) Hands Publishing Ltd.;
Lamps on Your Ears Music; BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Leftfield appears courtesy of Columbia Records U.K.
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Classic Stallone action movie.
7 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Firstly, I am not a reader of the Judge Dredd comic books, so I have nothing to compare Stallone's Judge Dredd to, but honestly, I loved this movie and cannot imagine any other actor playing this role. I've heard people say that Dredd should not remove his helmet, but that did not bother me one bit. The action in the movie ranks along side some of Stallone's best and the movie is entertaining from start to finish. I think that Rico is a good villain, played to perfection by Armand Assante and Diane Lane is superb as Judge Hershey, providing all of the emotion and human qualities that are devoid from Judge Dredd, therefore intensifying the character of Dredd. Fergie is also a good character, played well by Rob Schneider who creates a sense of humour, making the film not just about raw action. Judge Dredd, as a popcorn movie is superb, it was never going to win Oscars, but at the end of the day, that is not the point of the film. It is intended to be pure Stallone-fuelled entertainment and on this level it is a resounding success.


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