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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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Reunites Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall, who previously co-starred together in the films Sling Blade (1996), The Apostle (1997), and Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012). Additionally, Robert Duvall appeared in A Family Thing (1996) which was written by Thornton. See more »

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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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References The Great Santini (1979) See more »

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Reason To Cry
Written and Performed by Lucinda Williams
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Definitely worth seeing for two amazing performances from Downey and Duvall.
7 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film twice at TIFF and was quite impressed! It's getting some harsh reviews, undeservedly. Yes, it's too long and yes, director David Dobkin needs to work on his tone and pacing, but the story is great and the performances are fantastic!

Not a simple courtroom drama at all, the story is more about Hank Palmer (Downey)'s struggle to understand his relationship with his father and to accept where he came from. It's about identity, family, and all the messiness and contradictions of life.

If you are a teenager who can't sit still through a more-than-two-hours long movie, or expect some type of John Grisham or Iron Man-like action from this film, you will be disappointed. If you are a true film lover who revels in watching great actors practice their craft, you will not be disappointed by The Judge.

This movie is definitely worth sitting through for amazing performances by both Downey and Duvall, who could both be up for Oscar nominations for their roles as the son and father, respectively. There are many very funny moments as well as many touching moments between father and son, brother and brother. The audience I sat with at Roy Thomson Hall loved it, frequently expressing their appreciation with laughter. See for yourself on October 10--don't let a few critics spoil it for you.


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