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.
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
The scene of Hank and Joseph's reunion in the funeral home, was one of the last filmed. David Dobkin wanted to avoid such a scene, and to instead just show the two of them resuming their tension and bickering. But, as the film was edited, Dobkin decided otherwise. See more »
The Judge tells the accused to go to Indianapolis in early August to see the worlds largest steer. While any "Hoosier" will tell you it's the worlds largest hog at the state fair, it's clearly established in the film that the Judge is suffering from memory loss and lapses in his mental condition. See more »
[stomping into the mens room]
You're not getting away with this. Palmer, you asshole!... Hey!
[turning toward him getting him wet]
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A Great Film that I highly recommend if you are an adult
If you are an adult wanting to see a great film about real life family issues with some terrific court room drama you should see this film. It is well written and directed with great performances by Downey and Duvall. I think Downey gives his best performance in a film and Duvall is again outstanding.
I found this to be a better film than Gone Girl. It is more believable and more moving.
I am a baby boomer who likes science fiction but I am quite pleased to see a film without a super hero and CG images.
I hope to convince my daughters (all in their 20's) and my parents (in their 80's) to see this movie.
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