The Judge

The Judge

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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Big-city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2015]
Branch Call Number: BLU FEATURE JUD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (142 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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eusebius
Nov 24, 2020

There have been many stories told about men who leave their homes and return after many years, only to find a great deal of conflict and sorrow. Homer told of Ulysses's 20 year voyage to get back to Penelope; the latest retelling is The Judge, in which Robert Downey tries to get back to his roots in small town Indiana. The film is at least 30 minutes too long; the pacing is sometimes very choppy--Vincent D'Onofrio should sue the director for making his part almost incomprehensible--and Downey gives another of his speedy performances, spitting out words as if they were burning his mouth. It would be almost comical if the material were less promising. This one is for people who love courtroom drama and are not overly concerned with logic and dramatic pacing.

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N13m4nd
Jan 03, 2020

This is a rather conventional story which will not surprise you at any turn, but which is largely redeemed by the charisma of its cast. Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, and Billy Bob Thornton are never boring to watch.

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jazzy4u
Aug 08, 2019

This movie didn't have an ounce of flow but had continual stop, start scenes that were annoying. The writer kept introducing characters that were totally unnecessary to the story and packing in a bunch of scenes that didn't add anything more than putting us through additional arguments, foul cursing, family hate for themselves and one another. Too many inane filler's that took up time and space. A disaster of bad acting, bad writing, bad directing and disconnected towns-people.

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firefly5
Mar 12, 2019

Very good movie.

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Punnoval
Feb 16, 2019

Recipe for making a Hollywood movie about families and crime:

1. Although all characters are initially evil, redemption must be made.

2. Any disfunctional family must have a lovable retard.

3. The primary actors must be tried and true Hollywood hacks (Duvall, Downey Jr.)

4. There must be a precocious Dondi-type brat who melts the black heart of the vile geezer.

5. The director must be a Hollywood schlockmeister (here David Dobkin - is this a pseudonym?) He/she must know how to pile on the bathos and minimize any logical progression.

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milirick
Aug 03, 2018

One the best movies about aging parents made. Downey Jr. is brilliant in this courtroom father and son drama which explores aging and deteriorating mental skills. Both portray self righteous egomaniacs who are trapped not realizing how much they mirror each other. So good and so sad.

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Palomino
Feb 01, 2018

Reminded me of ' The Descendants ' 'Rain Man' and ' August Osage County', it's about a man at a difficult time in his life, and the relationships in his family (so some funny moments like Iron Man , but he's not a superhero). I thought it better than average.

*warning: in addition to cussing and sex, there's also adultery, murder, shouting, and all kinds of bad driving!

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PayneMA1
Oct 18, 2017

This is a good movie. There are twists, turns, and uncomfortable moments; but there are jaw-dropping moments, and moments that could make the viewer smile. I picked this movie because Robert Downey, Jr. was picked to play the part of PERRY MASON in the new "Perry Mason" movie. This is also a more realistic portrayal of what prosecuting attorneys do, and what defense attorneys do. I recommend this movie. --Mark A. Payne

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 10, 2017

A murder mystery - I felt that this would be a reasonable film to get a chance to see what Robert Duvall is doing lately. I was kinda' disappointed. The film is a mix of comedy and mystery with a very tiny bit of romance. It could have been much better if they had decided to choose mostly between comedy and mystery, but just didn't emphasize either enough to hold my interest. This was probably a lost opportunity at making a significant film.

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ShirleyStoddard
May 26, 2017

WHY CAN'T THEY MOVIES W/ O CUSSING AND SEX -- THEY WOULD BE EXCELLENT MOVIES IF IT WASN'T FOR THAT ~

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britprincess1ajax May 09, 2016

"Where were you two when they were distributing testicles?"

britprincess1ajax May 09, 2016

"So Grandpa Palmer's dead, too?"
"No, Grandpa Palmer's dead to me."

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2015

Judge: Listen to me. Ulysses S. Grant held this country together. Now, what's he remembered for? Being a drunk. Ronald Reagan oversaw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War. But any discussion of his legacy ends with jelly beans, naps and Alzheimer's.
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Jury (his bumper sticker): Wife and Dog Missing, Reward for Dog.
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Sam: I am never leaving Carlinville. I love it here. And you're just a boy from Indiana...who's gonna do whatever he has to do to pretend that's not true.

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2015

Hank: Everyone wants Atticus Finch until there's a dead hooker in a bathtub.
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Hank: Did you know 90% of the country believes in ghosts? less than a third in evolution? 35% can correctly identify Homer Simpson's fictional town in which he resides, less than 1% knows the name Thurgood Marshall. But... when you put 12 Americans together in a jury and you ask for justice? Something just South of brilliance happens. Often as not, they get it right.
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Jury (his bumper sticker slogan): Gun control means using both hands.

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ElainaL
Apr 04, 2015

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