Judgment Night (film)

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For The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series) episode, see Judgment Night.
Judgment Night
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Produced by Gene Levy
Christopher Mollo
Lloyd Segan
Marilyn Vance
Written by Story:
Lewis Colick
Jere Cunningham
Screenplay:
Lewis Colick
Starring Emilio Estevez
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Denis Leary
Stephen Dorff
Jeremy Piven
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Peter Levy
Edited by Tim Wellburn
Production
  company
Largo Entertainment
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 15, 1993 (1993-10-15) (U.S.)
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $21 million
Box office $12,136,938 (USA)

Judgment Night is a 1993 action thriller film directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jeremy Piven and Stephen Dorff as a group of friends on the run from a gang of drug dealers (led by Denis Leary) after they witness a murder. The film was released on DVD on January 20, 2004.[1]

Plot[edit]

Frank Wyatt (Emilio Estevez), along with his brother John (Stephen Dorff)and friend Mike Peterson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) set out to see a professional boxing match in Chicago with their friend Ray Cochran (Jeremy Piven), who is testing out a lavish RV.

Stuck in traffic, Ray decides to save time by exiting the expressway and searching for a shortcut through a poor residential neighborhood. The four friends are alarmed when they hit a man named Teddy (Michael DeLorenzo), who they take into the RV. They find that he has been shot, and that he has a paper bag filled with money. The group sees a police car and begins pursuing it.

They are unable to catch up and their RV is side-swiped by a Cadillac. The impact forces them into a narrow alleyway, leaving the RV stuck between two brick walls and unable to start. Moments later, three unknown men shatter the back window and drag Teddy out. Still inside the RV, the four friends witness gang leader Fallon (Denis Leary) shoot and kill Teddy, and then reminds the rest of the gang that they have a policy to leave no witnesses. As the criminals approach the RV, Frank sets it on fire, and all four escape through the front window.

The film continues with the four friends hiding and trying to outrun the gang until they think they have gotten away. They head to a railyard, followed by Fallon and his gang. While hiding inside the car of an old train, Frank and his friends are blackmailed by homeless men living in the train, who threaten to alert their pursuers to their location unless they pay them. The friends comply, but one of the homeless men freaks out. Fallon and his gang are leaving the railyard when they hear shouting coming from the railcar. As they open the car everyone aboard jumps off and starts running. Fallon accidentally shoots a homeless guy, but recovers Frank's wallet and now knows where he lives.

The guys find an apartment building with an open door and run inside. A kid outside sees them and tells his friends, who are then approached by Fallon and his gang. Fallon pays one of them to find out which building they ran into. While inside the building, Frank and his friends hold up in the apartment of two women and call the police. Fallon and his gang terrorize the building's tenants. Hearing this, the women demand that Frank and his friends leave, suggesting that they head to the roof to escape. Mike, John, and Frank manage to cross over to the neighboring building with the use of a ladder bridge. Because of Ray's fear of heights, he decides to throw the ladder down and stay behind to pay Fallon off. However, Fallon pushes Ray off the roof and he falls to his death.

Escaping into the sewers, Mike suggests that they fight back against their pursuers. Sykes (Peter Greene), Fallon's best friend and right-hand man, catches up with them, and after a brief confrontation is shot and killed by Mike. Frank chooses not to risk their lives anymore, so they escape from the sewer and keep running. Within the sewer, the remaining members of Fallon's gang find the body of Sykes. A comment made by one of the gang members annoys Fallon and he drowns him.

Searching for help, the guys find a swap meet and Mike breaks a window in the hopes it will trigger the alarm and bring the police. Shortly afterwards, they realize that Fallon has found them once more. The last remaining member of Fallon's gang, Rhodes (Everlast) is shot dead by Mike, but in the process Mike is shot in the stomach. John goes to help Mike but Fallon shoots him in the leg. Frank leads the wounded Mike and John to a bathroom closet where they hide. Frank gets to the security office and activates a silent alarm. Knowing that the three can run no longer, Frank draws out Fallon, leading him away from Mike and John. After a struggle, Frank pushes Fallon off the stairs, causing him to fall to his death. Afterwards the police arrive, and Frank takes them to where his friends are. The movie ends with Mike and John being wheeled away by the medics, the police investigating the scene, and Frank's wallet being recovered by an officer, who then informs Frank that his wife is outside.

Cast[edit]

  • Emilio Estevez as Frank Wyatt, a family man going with his brother and his two friends on the boxing match
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Mike Peterson, Frank's best friend who goes to the boxing match
  • Denis Leary as Fallon, the drug king who pursues the four friends after they saw him kill a disloyal henchman
  • Stephen Dorff as John Wyatt, Frank's younger brother who took over to go to a boxing match after another friend backed out
  • Jeremy Piven as Ray Cochran, A friend who negotiated an RV to take his friends to a boxing match
  • Peter Greene as Sykes, Fallon's best friend and right-hand man
  • Everlast (credited as Erik Schrody) as Rhodes, Fallon's henchman
  • Michael Wiseman as Travis, Fallon's henchman
  • Michael DeLorenzo as Teddy, the young man who stole from Fallon who later murdered him in front of Frank, Mike, John and Ray

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at No.5.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

A soundtrack for the film titled Judgment Night: Music From The Motion Picture was released the same year on September 14, 1993.[1]

Score album track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Alan Silvestri

  1. "Freeway Confrontation" – 2:07 - Played when the group engages in a fight on the highway.
  2. "New Passenger" – 4:33
  3. "Execution" – 5:22
  4. "Train Yard" – 2:13 - Played while the group was hiding in a train cab.
  5. "Some 'Splainin' to Do" – 5:17
  6. "Bat Woman" – 2:14 - Played when Frank saw a woman throwing trash.
  7. "Ladder Crossing" – 9:45 - Played when the group crosses the bridge ladder.
  8. "Ray's Deal" – 3:24 - Heard when Ray made a deal with the goons.
  9. "Ray Eats It" – 2:05 - Played when Ray fell off of the building.
  10. "Hello Ladies" – 1:30 - Played when the goons find them in the sewers.
  11. "Make a Stand" – 3:32 - Played when Mike and the group decide to make a stand against the goons.
  12. "Mike Shoots Sykes" – 5:20
  13. "All I Got Is You" – 4:40
  14. "Stalk & Talk" – 4:41
  15. "Final Fight" – 3:34
  16. "It's Over" – 1:04
  17. "Frank Takes the Wheel" – 4:02 (Unused) - Should be played when the group is chasing the police vehicle.
  18. "I Tried" – 2:36 (Unused) - Should be heard when John is sobbing and makes a confession to his brother, Frank.
  19. "Judgment Night Theme" – 3:09

Production[edit]

Comedian Adam Carolla was a stand-in for one of the "bad guy" actors. He had a friend who was the AD. It was his first foray into film.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Judgment Night at Amazon.com
  2. ^ Fox, David J. (19 October 1993). "Weekend Box Office : 'Demolition Man' Fends Off 'Hillbillies'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Mohr Stories 134: Adam Carolla". podcast. 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 

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