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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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David Dobkin

Writers:

Nick Schenk (screenplay), Bill Dubuque (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Hank Palmer
Robert Duvall ... Joseph Palmer
Vera Farmiga ... Samantha Powell
Billy Bob Thornton ... Dwight Dickham
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Glen Palmer
Jeremy Strong ... Dale Palmer
Dax Shepard ... C.P. Kennedy
Leighton Meester ... Carla Powell
Ken Howard ... Judge Warren
Emma Tremblay ... Lauren Palmer
Balthazar Getty ... Deputy Hanson
David Krumholtz ... Mike Kattan
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Blackwell
Denis O'Hare ... Doc Morris
Sarah Lancaster ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Defend your Honor.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El juez See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A juror tells a joke about Willie Nelson, whose version of "The Scientist" plays during the end credits. See more »

Goofs

All the cars shown in Indiana have a Massachusetts (the filming location) inspection sticker on the windshield. 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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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Long White Cadillac
Written by Dave Alvin
Performed by Dwight Yoakam
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Excellent Performance
12 October 2014 | by CaheffranSee all my reviews

Another excellent performance by Robert Downey Jr.! By far one of the better movies this year. I have never wrote a movie review but felt compelled as I feel the film critics have not been so fair. Although the premise of the movie is to unique in it's entirety - anyone having family drama could relate and appreciate this story. The Judge is a deeply moving film that showcases the acting powerhouse that is Robert Duvall and the undeniable versatility and magnetic screen presence of Robert Downey Jr. Don't listen to the critics, they clearly don't know everything! Go see this movie and be prepared for a few good laughs, bring a box of tissue for the tear jerking moments! Well worth it


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