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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
C.P. Kennedy
Judge Warren
Lauren Palmer
Deputy Hanson
Mike Kattan
Mrs. Blackwell
Lisa Palmer


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Defend your Honor.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El juez  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$47,105,085 (USA) (9 January 2015)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vera Farmiga and Robert Downey Jr. play characters who are supposed to be the same age but she is 8 years younger than him. Leighton Meester who plays Farmiga's daughter is just 13 younger than Farmiga while Sarah Lancaster who plays Downey's wife is 15 younger than him. See more »


When Hank comes out on the porch and eventually joins the Judge in having some bourbon, there is initially only one glass on the table (the Judge's). Suddenly, Hank has a plastic glass in his hand that he fills. See more »


[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 »


Opening #2
From The Ice Storm
Written by Mychael Danna
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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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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