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Judge Dredd (1995)

In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers), is convicted for a crime he did not commit and must face his murderous counterpart.

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Danny Cannon

Writers:

John Wagner (characters), Carlos Ezquerra (characters) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Judge Dredd
Armand Assante ... Rico
Rob Schneider ... Fergie
Jürgen Prochnow ... Judge Griffin (as Jurgen Prochnow)
Max von Sydow ... Judge Fargo
Diane Lane ... Judge Hershey
Joanna Miles ... McGruder
Joan Chen ... Ilsa
Balthazar Getty ... Olmeyer
Maurice Roëves ... Miller (as Maurice Roeves)
Ian Dury ... Geiger
Christopher Adamson ... Mean Machine (as Chris Adamson)
Ewen Bremner ... Junior Angel
Peter Marinker ... Judge Esposito
Angus MacInnes ... Judge Silver
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Storyline

In the year 2139, the Earth has changed into a virtually uninhabitable place called the Cursed Earth. All of the Earth's population have crowded into the cities across the planet, now known as Mega-Cities. The crimes in these Mega-Cities became so violent and so powerful, that the regular justice system was powerless to contain, then it collapsed completely. However, a new justice system came from the ashes, there were three justice systems in one (police, jury and executioner), they were called Judges. In Mega-City One (formerly, New York City), there was a Judge, named Joseph Dredd, who was the toughest and most stringent Judge in history. One day, he was charged with murder, and was tried and sentenced to life in prison because of it. Written by John Wiggins

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One man is Judge, Jury, AND Executioner. See more »


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Rated R for continuous violent action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The warden at the Aspen prison facility is called Miller. In Mel Brook's Star Wars spoof Spaceballs (1987) the warden of the Spaceballs prison which Princess Vespa and Dot Matrix have been imprisoned in is called Warden Miller. Sylvester Stallone whom plays Judge Dredd had auditioned for Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), but lost out to Harrison Ford. See more »

Goofs

In the scene right before Dredd's arrest a camera is visible reflected in helmets visor. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In the third millennium, the world changed. Climate, nations, all were in upheaval. The Earth transformed into a poisonous, scorched desert, known as "The Cursed Earth". Millions of people crowded into a few Megacities, where roving bands of street savages created violence the justice system could not control. Law, as we know it, collapsed. From the decay rose a new order, a society ruled by a new, elite force. A force with the power to dispense both justice and punishment. They ...
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version has been cut by almost 4 secs by the BBFC in three places. Two headbutts have been cut from the fight between Dredd and Mean Machine, as well as Stallone shooting an enemy right after he breaks free. A headbutt has also been cut from the fight between Hershey and Ilsa. The UK cinema version was uncut. A photograph in an SFX magazine article in 1995 showed Dredd shooting a Judge clone, but this scene isn't in the US or UK versions. This scene was also featured in the serialized comic strip adaptation of the film that was printed in Sunday Magazine in 1995. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Studio C: Episode #6.14 (2016) See more »

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Need Fire
Performed by Cocteau Twins
Written and Produced by Cocteau Twins
Published by Cocteau Twins Publishing
Cocteau Twins appear courtesy of Capitol Records in the U.S. and Canada and Phonogram Records in the U.K.
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I liked it..
4 January 2014 | by richieandsamSee all my reviews

JUDGE DREDD

Now the thing about this movie is everyone hates it… except me.

The movie is about a law enforcer set in the future that gets falsely accused of murder and is sentenced to life imprisonment. He escapes and is on a mission to try and find the person who set him up.

Anyone that has read the comics hated this film due to the fact that is apparently so different to the comics. From what I have been told, Dredd never takes off his helmet and reveals his face. Not in this film. His helmet is taken off within 15 minutes of the movies start. I never read the comic so I don't know any other differences, but that is probably why I enjoyed it.

This film has a very 90s feel to it. It reminds me in a way to Demolition Man. They are both set in the future and are both really good action movies, although Demolition Man is better. I do love the action films from the 90s. They have a good over the top feel to them.

The acting is alright in it considering it is a cheesy action movie. The movie stars Sylvester Stallone as Dredd. He looks uncomfortable in this role some of the time, but then Stallone does not suit some roles. A young Diane Lane plays his partner. She does a pretty good job. I was very surprised to see a cameo from one of my favourite singers… the legendary Ian Dury. He only had a very small part, but he was really good.

The effects and explosions were really good and well done. But that is what was expected from the action films of that era. The gun fights were completely over the top too… in a good way. I also loved the giant robot in the film. It was one of my favourite characters.

If you like cheese, Sly Stallone, futuristic films and never read the Dredd comics… then I can't see why you would hate this.

I will give it 7 out of 10.

"I am the law!"

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,291,536, 2 July 1995

Gross USA:

$34,693,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,493,481
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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