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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 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

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Taglines:

Defend your Honor.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

C.P. Kennedy claims he attended law school at Valparaiso. This is a private university in a same-named town in Indiana. See more »

Goofs

When Judge Palmer is arrested, he is fingerprinted using the ink method. In Indiana, as a state employee, Judge Palmer's fingerprints would have already been on file with the State, and there would not have been any need to fingerprint him again. But, even if there had been a need to fingerprint him, Indiana moved away from ink fingerprinting, and adopted a universal system of digital fingerprints in 2013, the year before this film was released. 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

Featured in The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bottle Let Me Down
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by Hank Williams III (as Hank III)
Courtesy of Curb Records
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Prodigal or survivor?
10 September 2014 | by kczewskiSee all my reviews

What happens when you go back to that small town that was home? Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) reluctantly goes back home to honor his mother at her death and faces the battles that he strategically retreated from when he went to college. This film takes an unmitigated look at Midwestern family life from the point of view of the returning son. Prodigal or survivor?

The disputes and other scenes of life are realistically represented with Hank facing his father, Joseph, and the rest of the town the way every battle-hardened small-town returnee would love to do. The strong disputes and unflinching negotiations that Hank and Joseph go through lead to an imperfect peace.

Robert Duvall does a superb job of portraying Hank's father. Where others would let Hank soften under his father's pressure and training, Robert Downey Jr. keeps Hank strong and sharp. In his best role yet, Robert Downey Jr. shows us that he has matured into one of the solid actors working today. You will see them both at the Oscars.

The Judge is one of those rare films that tell a strong story without selling out to the usual Hollywood exaggerations. I saw this movie at TIFF through the eyes of a small-town daughter who made her break to the city to get out from under the strong influence of her father. This film evoked the strong emotions that I keep buried.

Thank you Robert Duvall, Robert Downey Jr., and every individual involved for giving a voice to people like me! Thank you Robert Downey Jr. for keeping Hank strong with a good heart.

The Judge will prove to be a classic. See it! You will be glad you did.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,116,226, 12 October 2014

Gross USA:

$47,119,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,419,388
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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