The Judge (2014) Poster



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Someone rhetorically mentions Atticus Finch, a reference to To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), which was Robert Duvall's screen debut, playing Boo Radley.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2012 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
First feature release from "Team Downey,"Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan Downey's production company.
Jack Nicholson and Tommy Lee Jones were considered for the role that went to Robert Duvall, who was T.L Jones' Lonesome Dove (1989) co-star.
The Firefly Bar is named as a tribute to Joss Whedon who produced Firefly (2002) and some of the Marvel movies featuring Robert Downey Jr. David Krumholtz, who plays the Chicago prosecutor, played the hacker in Whedon's Serenity (2005), the spin off of "Firefly."
Hank Palmer's very non-traditionally modern Chicago house is actually located in the Boston area, and is the home of the architect that designed it, Charles Rose.
Despite having worked together in films at least twice before, Robert Duvall didn't remember meeting Robert Downey Jr. when they got together for this film. He said on The Graham Norton Show: Robert Duvall/Robert Downey Jr./Stephen Fry/U2 (2014): "Well, he's cleaned up a lot since!"
The fishing cabin where the judge receives his chemotherapy treatments is the same cabin that was used in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) (where Siddalee stays after fighting with her mother). Both movies were filmed in Wilmington, NC.
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.
Robert Duvall was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the film.
Robert Downey Jr.'s first leading role in a non "Marvel" and non "Sherlock Holmes" movie since Due Date (2010).
The final choices for the lead female role were Vera Farmiga and Elizabeth Banks, who hails from western Massachusetts, where the movie was shot.
Evansville is a real city in southern Indiana. The airport shown was not filmed there, however.
A juror tells a joke about Willie Nelson, whose version of "The Scientist" plays during the end credits.
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.
This movie is set in "Carlinville, Indiana." A real town of Carlinville is located in Illinois, halfway between Saint Louis, Missouri and Springfield (the Illinois capital).
There are three 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 in Lonesome Dove (1989) 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 (1979) is described as "The greatest marine fighter pilot that ever crapped between two shoes!" 3) Sam talks about "an offer he can't refuse," a line from The Godfather (1972) where Robert Duvall played Tom Hagen.
Before going on a bike ride, Hank Palmer changes into an old Metallica T-shirt from the "Damaged Justice" tour circa 1988-9. The back of the shirt features an illustration of a giant judge's gavel.
Grace Zabriskie, whose character has a feud with Judge Palmer, played a character named Palmer in Twin Peaks (1990).
Robert Duvall played Billy Bob Thornton's father in Sling Blade (1996).
Dax Shepard also played an inept defense attorney in Idiocracy (2006).
Both Judge Palmer, and his doctor, tell Hank Palmer that Judge Palmer has been undergoing chemotherapy for a year. In court, Judge Palmer states that he has been undergoing chemotherapy for six months. In a real trial, Hank Palmer - as a defense attorney - would have been obligated to correct Judge Palmer's deliberate effort to diminish the extent of his treatment, but Hank Palmer does not do that.
The actors who played the two judges, Judge Palmer (Robert Duvall) and Judge Warren (Ken Howard), each played the husband of Blythe Danner in memorable landmark roles in the 1970s, Howard in 1776 (1972) and Adam's Rib (1973), and Duvall in The Great Santini (1979).
Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall previously appeared in The Gingerbread Man (1998).
Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. also both appeared in Lucky You (2007).
In the initial scene where Robert Downey Jr drives into Indiana, all of the headrests have been removed from the car.
Robert Downey Jr. and Vincent D'Onofrio play two of the Palmer brothers. They also appear in the Marvel Universe. Downey is Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008) and succeeding projects, and D'Onofrio is Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) in Daredevil (2015).
In addition to Robert Downey Jr. playing "Iron Man", Vincent D'Onofrio's character in Adventures in Babysitting (1987) symbolized Thor.
Judge Palmer mentions that Hank's (Robert Downey Jr) wife was "playing hide the pickle". In 'Avengers 2: Age of Ultron', Tony Stark (also played by Downey) says that Black Widow and Bruce Banner are "playing hide the zucchini".
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There are several connections to Sherlock Holmes in this movie. Robert Downey Jr. played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Vincent D'Onofrio played Moriarty in Sherlock (2002), and a Holmes-like detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). Robert Duvall played Doctor Watson in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976).
C.P. Kennedy claims he attended law school at Valparaiso. This is a private university in a same-named town in Indiana.
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Grace Zabriskie and Robert Duvall played a couple in A Family Thing (1996).
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The local attorney says he clerked for John Roberts at the Indiana Supreme Court, but he was never on that bench.
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The name Hank Palmer combines two heroes from Marvel and DC comics: Hank Pym and Ray Palmer, and both of them are size shifters and are scientists. Robert Downey Jr. who plays Hank Palmer, has also played Tony Stark, a Marvel comics scientist, in Iron Man (2008) and succeeding movies.
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Harry Palmer, played by Michael Caine, is the name of Len Deighton's spy in 'Funeral in Berlin' and 'The Ipcress File'.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Robert Duvall initially objected to performing the scene in which Joseph Palmer defecates on the bathroom floor, but was persuaded by director David Dobkin.
This is the second film in which which Robert Downey Jr.'s character is sexually attracted to a female who might be his daughter. The other film was Chances Are (1989).

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