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The Judge (2014)

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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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C.P. Kennedy
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Judge Warren
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Lauren Palmer
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Lisa Palmer
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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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Box Office

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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Trivia

Dax Shepard also played an inept defense attorney in Idiocracy (2006). See more »

Goofs

When Hank asks the Judge on the stand, "What would happen to all the cases you've presided over in the last six months if it were determined that your mental actuality were diminished?" The word that Hand was looking for was, "acuity." Actuality means the actual existence, where acuity means sharpness or keenness of thought. 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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Connections

References The Great Santini (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Well Sweep Out The Ashes (In The Morning)
Written by Joyce Allsup
Performed by Gram Parsons
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Beautiful and Deeply Touching
11 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I don't usually write a review, but I feel compelled to defend this film against critics who, I feel, have unfairly given it a low rating. While its premise is not necessarily unique and it has its fair share of clichés, The Judge is a deeply moving film that showcases the acting powerhouse that is Robert Duvall and the undeniable versatility and magnetic screen presence of Robert Downey Jr. There are also strong supporting performances from Vera Farmiga (she and RJD have great chemistry), Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Jeremy Strong. I dare anyone who has dealt with family issues not to be affected. Forget the critics - they don't know everything - and do yourself a favour and watch The Judge. You won't regret it.


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Totally overrated. Nothing really happens. Boring lgalnares
the spinning chair scene at the end... Ali-Sommane
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Too little Robert Downey Jr and Vera Farmiga's scene! ahling_2809
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