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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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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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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

There are two additional references to previous roles Robert Duvall has played: 1) The bailiff's name is Augustus or Gus....Duvall has often said that the role of Augustus McCrae was one of his favorites. There's a bit of a gleam and a subtle smile when Duvall's character says "Gus". 2) When Sam and Hank are discussing their past at the lake, Sam uses the phrase "A more superior prick never shit between two shoes". Duvall's character in "The Great Santini" is described as "The greatest marine fighter pilot that ever crapped between two shoes!" See more »

Goofs

As filmed from an interior viewpoint, Mark Blackwell's mother spits on the car door window. In the following external shot of the car driving off, the same window is clean of any spit. The spit is again visible on the window in the next shot back in the car. 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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The Bottle Let Me Down
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by Hank III
Courtesy of Curb Records
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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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So...no one is telling the brother he has a 25 yr old daughter? meda05
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