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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

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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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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Director David Dobkin claimed that he and Robert Downey, Jr. wanted Hank Palmer to seem as much as possible like Tony Stark at the beginning of the film, in order to play with audience expectations of the character. See more »

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All Indiana cars in the movie have front license plates, which are not issued in that state. See more »

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[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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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Well Sweep Out The Ashes (In The Morning)
Written by Joyce Allsup
Performed by Gram Parsons
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Definitely worth seeing for two amazing performances from Downey and Duvall.
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I saw this film twice at TIFF and was quite impressed! It's getting some harsh reviews, undeservedly. Yes, it's too long and yes, director David Dobkin needs to work on his tone and pacing, but the story is great and the performances are fantastic!

Not a simple courtroom drama at all, the story is more about Hank Palmer (Downey)'s struggle to understand his relationship with his father and to accept where he came from. It's about identity, family, and all the messiness and contradictions of life.

If you are a teenager who can't sit still through a more-than-two-hours long movie, or expect some type of John Grisham or Iron Man-like action from this film, you will be disappointed. If you are a true film lover who revels in watching great actors practice their craft, you will not be disappointed by The Judge.

This movie is definitely worth sitting through for amazing performances by both Downey and Duvall, who could both be up for Oscar nominations for their roles as the son and father, respectively. There are many very funny moments as well as many touching moments between father and son, brother and brother. The audience I sat with at Roy Thomson Hall loved it, frequently expressing their appreciation with laughter. See for yourself on October 10--don't let a few critics spoil it for you.


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