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The Judge (2014)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  10 October 2014 (USA)
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Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.

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Judge Warren
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Storyline

Hank Palmer is a successful defense attorney in Chicago, who is getting a divorce. When His brother calls with the news that their mother has died, Hank returns to his childhood home to attend the funeral. Despite the brittle bond between Hank and the Judge, Hank must come to his father's aid and defend him in court. Here, Hank discovers the truth behind the case, which binds together the dysfunctional family and reveals the struggles and secrecy of the family. Written by Warren D'Souza

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Defend your Honor.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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10 October 2014 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,116,226 (USA) (10 October 2014)

Gross:

$47,105,085 (USA) (9 January 2015)
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Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. also both appeared in Lucky You (2007). See more »

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Judge Palmer said he went to "Bardstone," Kentucky, to get Evan Williams Bourbon. The correct name of the town is Bardstown. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Kattan: [stomping into the mens room] You're not getting away with this. Palmer, you asshole!... Hey!
Hank Palmer: [turning toward him getting him wet] Yeah. Oops.
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Knock Knock
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The Judge
16 September 2014 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

I was able to see this before the October release and although I read some of the reviews that were released recently I started to have some reservations however, I have disagreed with some critics in the past and figured I'd make up my own mind about this film. Gratefully I did not have to worry because it was time well spent. The performances were excellent and it was witty as well and engaging. When looking at the posters (without giving much away) I got the impression that this film looks like something out of a John Grisham novel or an episode of Law and Order, and while there is the trial going on, the movie is more of a focus of this man's (Downey) relationship with his father (Duvall), his family, his unresolved issues with his present life and the life he left behind. Downey and Duvall don't disappoint as well as the ensemble cast. If you're looking for a movie with heart, engaging performances and not a "courtroom drama", this is definitely the right film.


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