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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.

Director:

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

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Taglines:

Defend your Honor.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

6 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2014 (Netherlands) 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

Judge Joseph Palmer and his doctor tell Hank Palmer that the Judge has been undergoing chemotherapy for a year. In court, Judge Palmer states that he has been undergoing chemotherapy for six months. In a real trial, Hank, as a defense attorney, would have been obligated to correct the Judge's deliberate effort to diminish the extent of his treatment, but Hank does not do that. 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 Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

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Rose Pregnant
Written by Christophe Beck
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Beautiful and Deeply Touching
11 October 2014 | by AnnikaLenSee all my reviews

I don't usually write a review, but I feel compelled to defend this film against critics who, I feel, have unfairly given it a low rating. While its premise is not necessarily unique and it has its fair share of clichés, 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. There are also strong supporting performances from Vera Farmiga (she and RJD have great chemistry), Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Jeremy Strong. I dare anyone who has dealt with family issues not to be affected. Forget the critics - they don't know everything - and do yourself a favour and watch The Judge. You won't regret it.


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