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The Judge (2014)

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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:
... Hank Palmer
... Joseph Palmer
... Samantha Powell
... Dwight Dickham
... Glen Palmer
... Dale Palmer
... C.P. Kennedy
... Carla Powell
... Judge Warren
... Lauren Palmer
... Deputy Hanson
... Mike Kattan
... Mrs. Blackwell
... Doc Morris
... 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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,116,226, 10 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,119,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,419,388
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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!" Duvall and Downey appeared in The Gingerbread Man (1998) and Lucky You (2007). See more »

Goofs

When Hank and Sam talked near by the lake, his watch said that it was 3.30 pm. Later when he was in the court room again, his watch said that it was 1.40 pm. 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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Featured in The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) See more »

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Reason To Cry
Written and Performed by Lucinda Williams
Courtesy of Lost Highway Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great courtroom scene
29 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Duvall's testimony was as good a courtroom scene as has ever been filmed, and technically accurate, too. (I say this from 32 years as a trial lawyer.) Beautifully directed. I am biased in favor of Duvall, but I think both he and Downey are in the running for an Oscar for this must-not-miss movie. The movie itself might even be nominated for the Best Movie Oscar. For those who think this was a tearjerker, reflect on how profoundly life-changing it is to grow into adulthood without your father's approval -- or worse, with his active disapproval. The complexities of the sibling relationships is honest and painful and, in the case of the youngest brother, tender. The cherry on top is Downey's parting observation in the men's room to the federal prosecutor about the "miracle" of 12 average people coming together and doing justice. This is a true thing and is part of how the American justice system has managed to survive.


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