The Judge [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [Ultraviolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2014]

  • SKU: 9006435
  • Release Date: 01/27/2015
  • Rating: R
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (622 out of 634)

Special Features


  • Commentary by David Dobkin
  • Getting Deep with Dax Shepard
  • Dax Shepard sits down for an unusual, candid, off the wall interview with Robert Downey Jr., Billy Bob Thornton and Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Inside The Judge: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Director David Dobkin and the rest of the film's celebrated cast take you into the process of creating a dysfunctional family on and off camera
  • Deleted scenes

Synopsis


The Judge
Robert Downey Jr. plays an urban lawyer who heads back to his rural home when his father, a judge, is implicated as a murder suspect in this comedy-drama from Warner Bros. Vera Farmiga, Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thornton head up the rest of the starring cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert Downey, Jr.
    Robert Downey, Jr. - Hank Palmer
  • Robert Duvall
    Robert Duvall - Joseph Palmer
  • Vera Farmiga
    Vera Farmiga - Samantha Powell
  • Vincent D'Onofrio
    Vincent D'Onofrio - Glen Palmer
  • Billy Bob Thornton
    Billy Bob Thornton - Dwight Dickham



Overall customer rating

4.6
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    From The Redbox Kiosk At My Job

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    wisdomseeker
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    The Judge stars Robert Downey Jr. as lawyer Henry Hank Palmer who is gifted at his job but has to deal with his personal life changing before his eyes. The beginning of the movie shows Henry having a deep heated discussion with his wife Lisa Palmer (Sarah Lancaster) over an intimate encounter she had with an old flame after he discovers that she sadly plans on divorcing him. However, Henry loves his daughter Lauren (Emma Tremblay)dearly and this is one of the areas that provides a strong source of comfort to him after he ends up visiting his dad Judge Jospeh Palmer (Robert Duvall) and his brothers Glen (Vincent D’Onofrio)and Dale Palmer (Jeremy Strong) due to a death in the family. Henry’s daughter Lauren is naturally nervous about her parents divorcing because two of her friends named Megan and Caitlin have parents who also divorced so naturally Lauren is concerned as to how she is going to fare. The tension is at first so great between Henry Palmer and his father Jospeh Palmer that his father at first hires Attorney C..P. Kennedy (Dax Shepard) even though his own son is a gifted trained lawyer with experience in the court case he faces. This is a big deal because a no holds barred prosecutor by the name of Dwight (Billy Bob Thornton) is known for his tough stances on participants that he is not defending. Judge Joseph Palmer is implicated in a hit and run situation with his car and what complicates the situation is a blood alcohol content of 0.23 (which I think the movie states was found in the father’s victim). In the midst of this Henry Palmer also runs into his old flame Samantha Powell (Vera Farmigia) who runs her own restaurant and has a daughter who happens to be a Georgetown University Law student Carla Powell (Leighton Meester). One of the things that I do enjoy about the movie is that The Judge portrayed how even an accomplished and successful lawyer such as Henry Hank Palmer cares about his dad but is also trying to strengthen a closer connection with his father. Fortunately, my adoptive father knows that I’m grateful that he adopted me and legally claimed me as his daughter (when I was between 11-13 years old) even though I’m not biologically his regardless of what happens. However, watching The Judge was unexpectedly healing to me because it showed how even such an ambitious man such as Henry Palmer in a prestigious occupation cannot always have it all in the way of both a perfect family life and professional life. The special feature of The Judge dvd is titled Getting Deep With Dax Shepard. Shepard interviews Robert Downey Jr., Vincent D’Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton during this segment. Some interesting facts; Vincent D’Onofrio has known Robert Downey Jr. since he was a kid. Billy Bob Thornton’s wife has a crush on Dax Shepard. There are movie trailers within this dvd for American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, and directed by Clint Eastwood. There are also movie trailers for Jupiter Ascending, Horrible Bosses 2, and In The Heart of The Sea.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent drama, requiring no action scenes

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    wisconsinelaine
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    I watched The Judge, starring Robert Duval and Robert Downey, Jr., and Viincent D'Onofrio (who hardly looks like Downey's brother, but plays the role great anyway!) I really wanted to see it when it came out, but I was on the road, and I bought it when it came out last week. It was a very intense psychological movie, about a high-powered lawyer who grew up with a very abrasive relationship with his father, the Judge; he has stayed away from the family and the home town for over 20 years, but goes back when his mother dies, then quickly returns when his father, the Judge, is charged with murder. . .a hit and run accident that the Judge doesn't even remember! Very very good story; excellent acting jobs especially by the 3 principles, as well as the other supporting actors. Highly recommended. No action, no chases, just pure drama. Robert Duval has been nominated as best supporting actor for every group that hands out awards, and has won it for a couple of them. I would like to see awards for Robert Downey, Jr. and Best Picture, but with no special effects or extra glory or stuff, people aren't interested enough. Highly recommended!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tense drama from Legends

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    Edski
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    Generations and old wounds are in tension as a successful son/lawyer learns more about legal problems for his father/judge, (for whom he has low regard). As the son's personal life and marriage are in turmoil, he is pulled into supporting his father about whom he has doubts, especially in regard to their relationship. Duvall is a crusty senior citizen used to being in charge but now he is in need of assistance and support from an estranged son, but he struggles to ask for the help he needs. This story leads us to explore parent-child relationships, the mysteries and challenges of aging, of coming of age, and returning to your home town and the people you left behind. As with most Duvall and Downey, Jr. films, this film addresses the gritty and seamier side of life and family relationships. There are no easy answers and provides a challenging journey as the story and sub plots unfold. Well worth the viewing with careful attention to the various relationships and plots.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AN EXCELLENT MOVIE!

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    MuNkYpOOp
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    I was very interested in this movie when I's saw an interview. with Robert Downey Jr., plus, Robert Duval was nominated for an award for this movie. I had to watch it, and I am very glad I did. The acting in this was incredible! Where you can feel their emotions and really feel close to the characters. To me, that's a great thing and shows how talented the actors really are. I personally think Robert Downey Jr. should have gotten an award I don't know why he wasn't at least nominated. Robert Duval deserved the nomination he received but once again I think he should have been awarded. But after Robert Downey Jr. because he was absolutely amazing in this movie. I am glad I purchased this and watched it and can't wait to watch it more and more and more!

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Worth seeing

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    KenB
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    The story itself is fairly clichéd. A lawyer (Robert Downey Jr) in the middle of a messy separation returns home for his mother's funeral. His estranged father (Robert Duvall) doesn't want anything to do with him. He rekindles romance with an old flame (Vera Farmiga). It's the performances though that make it engaging and stop it from potentially being just another straight to DVD release. The film is beautifully directed by David Dobkin. Downey Jr and Duvall are both excellent. Their scenes are strong and emotional. I also loved Vincent D'Onofrio and Jeremy Strong (as Downey Jr's older and younger brothers respectively). They are terrific. Farmiga, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton are all great, but I felt they were somewhat underused.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a star vehicle for two very fine actors

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    WhiskeyTango
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    THE JUDGE had to have been written with Downey, Jr and Duvall in mind, because the characters fit the actors like racing gloves. Added to the oft told story of rocky son-father reconcialliations is the matter of infirmity in old age, grinding down a once mighty patriarch. Even though Duvall's performance has righfully garnered critical praise and awards attention, don't think for one moment that Downey, Jr isn't acting up his own storm, to go toe-to-toe in every scene with Duvall. Realistic family dynamics and the details of (cantankerous) elder care, in the moment, more than makes up for any supposed lack of pedantic "character development." Take this film in as a richly layered sliceof-life and you will get what makes it so moving.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Judge Great

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    MovieGuru
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    Robert Downey Jr. has come into his own as an actor in this one. In my opinion, he gives an Oscar-worthy performance in The Judge. I can't get over how much he expresses with a look - heartbreak, annoyance, compassion, deep love, dismissal...it's all there on his face. Maybe this acting chop has been there all along. . .just not as finely honed as it is now. Outstanding performance!! Watch this movie if for no other reason than to watch someone who has matured into a very fine actor. I could watch this movie again and again. I got goose bumps, I chuckled, I got misty-eyed a time or three, Yup, it's that good!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Strong unique character-driven story

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    LTCCW
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    This is a strong unique character-driven story of a dysfunctional family that is coupled by marvelous character chemistry throughout the entire cast. This is a highly realistic movie about a scared families emotional relationships that is superbly acted and gets even more complicated as the plot progresses. It’s a heart wrenching story that will emotionally connect and touch the audience. The two primary plot characters have a lot of baggage to deal with and they continue to complicate their issues which adds to the attention holding factor of the movie – it’s simply great entertainment.

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