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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 Downey Jr.'s first leading role in a non "Marvel" and non "Sherlock Holmes" movie since Due Date (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Judge Palmer is arrested, he is fingerprinted using the ink method. In Indiana, as a state employee, Judge Palmer's fingerprints would have already been on file with the State, and there would not have been any need to fingerprint him again. But, even if there had been a need to fingerprint him, Indiana moved away from ink fingerprinting, and adopted a universal system of digital fingerprints in 2013, the year before this film was released. 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 Firefly (2002) See more »

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The Bottle Let Me Down
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by Hank III
Courtesy of Curb Records
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Excellent Performance
12 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another excellent performance by Robert Downey Jr.! By far one of the better movies this year. I have never wrote a movie review but felt compelled as I feel the film critics have not been so fair. Although the premise of the movie is to unique in it's entirety - anyone having family drama could relate and appreciate this story. 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. Don't listen to the critics, they clearly don't know everything! Go see this movie and be prepared for a few good laughs, bring a box of tissue for the tear jerking moments! Well worth it


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