Judgment Night (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Stephen Hopkins|
|Produced by||Gene Levy
Cuba Gooding Jr.
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Editing by||Tim Wellburn|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release dates||October 15, 1993 (USA)|
|Running time||109 minutes|
|Box office||$12,136,938 (USA)|
Judgment Night is a 1993 action thriller film directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Emilio Estévez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jeremy Piven and Stephen Dorff as a group of friends on the run from a group of drug dealers (led by Denis Leary) after they witness a murder. The film was released on DVD on 20 January 2004.
Frank Wyatt (Emilio Estévez) leaves his wife and baby daughter at home for a night out with his friends to see a professional boxing match in Chicago. Frank is joined by Mike Peterson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and Ray Cochran (Jeremy Piven), who shows up in a lavish RV he is "testing out" for his "business". When another friend of the guys cancels, Frank invites his brother John (Stephen Dorff), and they all head to the city.
Stuck in a traffic jam en route, Ray decides to save time by getting off the crowded expressway and searching for a shortcut through a poor residential neighborhood. The four friends are alarmed when they hit something. John, Mike, and Frank get out to investigate, they find a man named Teddy (Michael DeLorenzo) lying in the street hurt, and they take him into the RV. Ray gathers up all the liquor, along with empty beer bottles and tosses them to erase any evidence that the guys had been drinking. Upon examining Teddy for injuries they find that he has been shot, and that he has a paper bag filled with money. Mike hears a police car, which the group sees drive through the intersection ahead a few seconds later. Frank jumps into the driver's seat and begins pursuing the squad car.
They are unable to catch up to the police, and their RV is suddenly side-swiped by a Cadillac. The impact forces them into a narrow alleyway, leaving the RV damaged, stuck between two brick walls and unable to start. Moments after the crash three unknown men shatter the back window and drag Teddy out of the RV. The leader of the gang, Fallon (Denis Leary), arrives in the Cadillac. Still inside the RV, the four friends witness Fallon shoot and kill Teddy, who then reminds the rest of the gang that they have a policy to leave no witnesses. As the group of criminals approaches the RV, Frank sets the RV 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 and hide aboard an empty train. Fallon and his gang search the yard and trains for the guys. While hiding inside the car of an old train Frank and his friends are frightened by some homeless people who were aboard the train. One of the homeless men blackmails them by threatening to alert their pursuers to their location unless they pay them for their silence. Ray gives up his watch, Frank gives up his wallet, while John gives up his pocket change and Mike gives up his gold chain necklace. A mentally retarded member of the homeless men aboard the train, named Buck, shows interest in Mike's Purdue jacket, by repeating that he is a college graduate. When Mike refuses to give up his jacket the homeless man becomes angry and gets loud. Fallon and his gang are leaving the railyard when they hear the shouting coming from the railcar. As they open the car everyone aboard jumps off and starts running. Fallon shoots a guy wearing the Purdue jacket and it turned out to be Buck, the homeless guy who was wearing Mike's jacket. The homeless guy was also in possession of Frank's wallet. Fallon recovers the wallet and now knows who Frank is, his family, and where he lives. Frank and the guys continue to outrun Fallon and his gang until they eventually find an apartment building with an open door, and Frank and the guys all run inside. A kid on a swing outside sees them and tells his friends, who are then approached by Fallon and his gang, and Fallon pays one of them to find out from the kid which building Frank and his friends ran into. While inside the building, Frank and his friends hold up in the apartment of two women and call the police minutes before the gang catch up with them. Determined to get Frank and his friends, 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 of the building 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 knock the ladder off and stay behind to try negotiating with Fallon, convinced that Fallon will spare their lives if he buys him 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 and Frank and John agree. Sykes (Peter Greene), Fallon's best friend and right-hand man, catches up with them, and after a brief confrontation has his weapon wrestled away and he is shot and killed by Mike. Frank chooses not to risk their lives anymore, so they escape from the sewer and decide to 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 the wounded Mike and John. After a struggle between the two, 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.
- Emilio Estévez 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
The movie debuted at No.5.
Score album track listing
All tracks composed by Alan Silvestri
- "Freeway Confrontation" – 2:07 - Played when the group engages in a fight on the highway.
- "New Passenger" – 4:33
- "Execution" – 5:22
- "Train Yard" – 2:13 - Played while the group was hiding in a train cab.
- "Some 'Splainin' to Do" – 5:17
- "Bat Woman" – 2:14 - Played when Frank saw a woman throwing trash.
- "Ladder Crossing" – 9:45 - Played when the group crosses the bridge ladder.
- "Ray's Deal" – 3:24 - Heard when Ray made a deal with the goons.
- "Ray Eats It" – 2:05 - Played when Ray fell off of the building.
- "Hello Ladies" – 1:30 - Played when the goons find them in the sewers.
- "Make a Stand" – 3:32 - Played when Mike and the group decide to make a stand against the goons.
- "Mike Shoots Sykes" – 5:20
- "All I Got Is You" – 4:40
- "Stalk & Talk" – 4:41
- "Final Fight" – 3:34
- "It's Over" – 1:04
- "Frank Takes the Wheel" – 4:02 (Unused) - Should be played when the group is chasing the police vehicle.
- "I Tried" – 2:36 (Unused) - Should be heard when John is sobbing and makes a confession to his brother, Frank.
- "Judgment Night Theme" – 3:09
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