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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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Mike Kattan
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Lisa Palmer
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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

Gross:

$47,105,085 (USA) (9 January 2015)
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Grace Zabriskie, whose character has a feud with Judge Palmer, played a character named Palmer in Twin Peaks (1990). See more »

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The Judge tells the accused to go to Indianapolis in early August to see the worlds largest steer. While any "Hoosier" will tell you it's the worlds largest hog at the state fair, it's clearly established in the film that the Judge is suffering from memory loss and lapses in his mental condition. See more »

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[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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References The Great Santini (1979) See more »

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Written by Chris Martin (as Christopher Martin), Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland (as Jonathan Buckland) and Will Champion (as William Champion)
Performed by Willie Nelson
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13 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Judge stars Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall. Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father who is the towns judge is suspected of murder. As hank tries to discover the truth he tries to reconnect with his family. Duvall and Jr have great chemistry on screen. By the trailer you would think you would get a intense trial and that would be the entire movie. Sure you get the segments in court but the meat of this movie is Hank trying to reconnect with his family. The family scenes are really what makes this movie with so much emotion that that builds into the trial segments. It was nice to see Robert Downey Jr come out of iron man for a bit and get his hands dirty. The man can bring it. The only issues were the court scenes could have been more. There is also one very unnecessary subplot between Henry and am ex-girlfriend and those scenes took me out of the movie a little bit until it would pick back up in court or with Hank's family.Overall I really enjoyed this movie and i encouraged you to go check it out in theater's and I am going to give The Judge an 8 out of 10


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