Judge Dredd
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In the year 2139, the judiciary system has been replaced by 'judges' who have the power to arrest, sentence, and execute criminals at the scene of the crime. One such judge-- Judge Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone), the greatest lawkeeper in the history of Mega City 1 (former New York) -- is framed for the murder of a journalist and his wife. Dredd is found guilty based on his DNA being used to activate the Lawgiver gun used in the murder, and he is sentenced to life in prison. Aided by colleague Judge Hershey (Diane Lane) and by Herman 'Fergee' Ferguson (Rob Schneider), a cowardly computer hacker that Dredd once sentenced to prison, Dredd learns that the real killer is former Judge Rico (Armand Assante), once his best friend. Dredd sets out to find Rico and learns a secret about his own past.

Yes. Judge Joseph Dredd is a comic strip character whose series appears in the British comic 2000 AD. Dredd was created in 1977 by British writer John Wagner and Spanish artist Carlos Ezquerra and has been named the Seventh Greatest Comic Character by the British magazine Empire. The comic series was adapted for the movie by American screenwriters Michael De Luca, William Wisher Jr,. and Steven E. de Souza. The movie inspired two novelizations -- Judge Dredd (1995) by American fantasy writer Neal Barrett, Jr and a children's book, Judge Dredd: The Junior Novelisation (1995), by Graham Marks -- along with a DC Comics graphic novel Judge Dredd: Official Movie Adaptation (1995) by Andrew Helfer and Carlos Ezquerra.

Dredd, Fergee, and Hershey realize that they must shut down the Janus machine, but they are stopped by Rico and the ABC robot. Rico tries to entice Dredd to become the head of the Council and control the Janus clones. When Dredd refuses, Rico retaliates by ordering the robot to rip off Dredd's arms and legs, but Fergie hacks the robot's wiring and disables it. While Hershey fights hand-to-hand with Rico's assistant, Doctor Ilsa Hayden (Joan Chen), chief scientist of the Janus project. Dredd goes after Rico who has ordered Central (the city's controlling computer) to release the clones even though they are only 60% complete. Rico gets hold of a gun and fires on Dredd but blows up the Janus machine instead, destroying all his clones. He attempts to get away, but Dredd follows him to the top of the Statue of Liberty where they continue the fight, Rico managing to knock Dredd off the Statue. As Dredd holds on to a railing, Rico points his Lawgiver at Dredd, judges him guilty for betraying his own flesh, and sentences him to death. When he fires, however, the Lawgiver informs him the he's out of lethal rounds. Dredd vocally activates the signal flare, which detracts Rico long enough for Dredd to pull him out of the Statue, sending Rico to his death. 'Court adjourned,' says Dredd. Ilsa then attempts to fire on Dredd, but Hershey kills her first and helps Dredd back inside. Dredd is hailed as a hero by the remaining judges, having been cleared by Central, and is asked to take the position of Chief Justice. 'I'm a street judge,' he replies, 'and I'm late for work.' In the final scene, Hershey kisses Dredd and asks him, 'It feels good to be human, don't you think?' Dredd grins and, as expected, replies, 'I knew you'd say that.'

Due to the BBFC's strict policy regarding some fighting techniques the British BBFC 15 version of this Stallone flick has been censored. Scenes involving headbutts were altered. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.


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