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Judgment Night (1993)

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Four friends on their way to a boxing match get caught in heavy traffic, so they take a shortcut in order to get there faster, unfortunately it leads to them witnessing a murder which leaves them running for their lives.

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Stephen Hopkins

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Lewis Colick (story), Jere Cunningham (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Estevez ... Frank Wyatt
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Mike Peterson
Denis Leary ... Fallon
Stephen Dorff ... John Wyatt
Jeremy Piven ... Ray Cochran
Peter Greene ... Sykes
Erik Schrody ... Rhodes
Michael Wiseman ... Travis
Michael DeLorenzo ... Kid
Relioues Webb Relioues Webb ... Dre
Will Zahrn ... Charley
Eugene Williams Eugene Williams ... Buck
Christine Harnos ... Linda Wyatt
Galyn Görg ... Clarissa (as Galyn Gorg)
Angela Alvarado ... Rita
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Storyline

Four pals are on their way to a boxing match, but get stuck in heavy traffic. To get to the boxing match in time they take the first exit they find to find another way to the venue. As they are driving around lost in gang-land they get stuck and witness a brutal murder. The killer wants no witnesses and tries to kill them too. The four pals get away the first time, but the killer is soon back on their tail again while they are trying to find help in the middle of nowhere. Written by Anonymous

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In a deadly game of cat and mouse, they must fight to survive. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and brutality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La noche del juicio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,136,938
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DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene on the roof of the projects building, 'Erik Shrody', who is the former singer of Irish hip hop group House of Pain, can be seen wearing a ring with a shamrock symbol. See more »

Goofs

While in the sewer, one of Frank's group kicks in a grate which falls to a lower level. Seconds later, when they slide down the pipe to the lower level, the grate is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Mike Peterson: Frank, your little brother's a chickenshit!
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Connections

Referenced in Leprechaun 2 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Come and Die
Written by Therapy?, Fatal (as Joseph Burgos) and T-Ray (as Todd Ray)
Performed by Therapy? and Fatal
Therapy? Appears Courtesy of A&M Records Limited
Fatal Appears Courtesy of Soul Assassins/East West Records
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Great suspense, awesome set-pieces
8 February 1999 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

Since seeing this film I've never been comfortable with Denis Leary as a comedian because he's so damn convincing as the cold-hearted bad guy in this. I think he's a great actor but this is the movie to see him in as it's A. His best performance and B. One of the best villains ever in movies.

Leary plays Fallon, a dangerous criminal from Chicago's bad side. And when four middle class pals from the quiet suburbs cross him and witness a murder a chase across derelict landscapes follows. The spoon-fed quartet are way out of their comfort zone and have no idea how to navigate the ghetto or deal with its dwellers. Peter Greene, an actor always like to see, plays Sykes, one of Fallon's cohorts as well as Everlast from the rap group House of Pain as Rhodes. They sure do make a threatening impression.

Judgment Night kind of comes across as a modern, urban Deliverance. There are many similarities between them but Judgment Night clearly has more excitement. Estevez (who was cast very late after Tom Cruise and Christian Slater turned down the lead role), Gooding Jnr, Piven and Dorff play well off each other and Piven especially seems to really get into the whiny runt of his character. Though the editors really should have cut down the in-fighting and petty bickering between the quartet as it often slows the film down to a complete stop.

Director Stephen Hopkins (who also did Predator 2 and Blown Away) uses creeping camera movements and neo-noir lighting to provoke multiple eerie moments as well as a great deal of tension. Slow-mo and warped sound effects are also used to great effect in the finale. Alan Silvestri's score is also one of his best, alternating between several different moods. His first score (electronic based) was rejected by Hopkins but that difficult decision proved be a good judgment (ha!) as the end result is one of the film's best features.

Judgment Night is certainly an overlooked tour-de-force and is a brilliant action film with fine performances all round, but Leary completely and utterly steals the show.


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