The Judge (2014 film)

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The Judge
Directed by David Dobkin
Produced by Susan Downey
David Gambino
David Dobkin
Written by Nick Schenk
David Seidler
Bill Dubuque
Starring Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Duvall
Vera Farmiga
Vincent D'Onofrio
Billy Bob Thornton
Dax Shepard
Jeremy Strong
Sarah Lancaster
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
Editing by Mark Livolsi
Studio Team Downey
Dune Entertainment
Big Kid Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • October 10, 2014 (2014-10-10) (United States)
  • October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17) (United Kingdom[1])
Country United States
Language English

The Judge is an upcoming American comedy-drama directed by David Dobkin. The film stars Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Lancaster, and Billy Bob Thornton. The film is scheduled to be released on October 10, 2014 in the United States.[2]


A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.




The script was originally written by Nick Schenk. In March 2011, the script was to be rewritten by David Seidler.[3] In April 2013, Bill Dubuque was enlisted to rewrite it.[4]

The casting of Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio,[5] Vera Farmiga,[6] and Dax Shepard were all reported in March 2013.[7] The studios had expressed an interest in Jack Nicholson playing Downey's father, but as he turned down the role, it was given to Duvall.[8][9] As of March 15, 2013, Billy Bob Thornton was in negotiation to appear in the film.[10] Leighton Meester joined the cast in April 2013.[11]


Principal photography started on May 31, 2013 in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.[12] Shooting also took place in Spring City Pa, Belmont, Dedham, and Sunderland, Massachusetts. Scenes also were filmed in Pennsylvania and Worcester, Massachusetts.[13][14]

The film is set in the fictional town of Carlinville, Indiana.[15] Filming was also done at It's About Time Clocks and Antiques store in Millers Falls, Massachusetts. It is the actual location of the antique store in the movie.


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  2. ^ McClintock, Pamela (July 31, 2013). "Robert Downey Jr.'s 'The Judge' Gets a Fall 2014 Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "WB taps David Seidler for ‘The Judge’". Variety. March 23, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (April 4, 2012). "Warner Bros ‘The Judge’ Collars Scribe Bill Dubuque To Script Robert Downey Jr-Starrer". Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vincent D’Onofrio Joins Warner Bros’ ‘The Judge’". March 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 20, 2013). "Vera Farmiga Sets Sights on ‘The Judge’". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Yamato, Jen (March 20, 2013). "Dax Shepard Joins WB’s ‘The Judge’". Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (November 13, 2012). "Jack Nicholson Courted to Play Robert Downey Jr.'s Father". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (March 13, 2013). "Robert Duvall Joins Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Judge'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 15, 2013). "Billy Bob Thornton to Prosecute Robert Duvall in ‘The Judge’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kit, Borys (April 3, 2013). "'Gossip Girl' Star Leighton Meester Joins Robert Downey Jr. in 'The Judge'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ Broncaccio, Diane (May 30, 2013). "Shooting for Robert Downey Jr. film ‘The Judge’ starts Friday in Shelburne Falls". Daily Hampshire Gazette. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ Christine (June 6, 2013). "Updated filming locations for ‘The Judge’, starring Robert Downey Jr., in Shelburne Falls, MA". On Location Vacations. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Robert Downey Jr. and crew from 'The Judge' make stop at Smiarowski Farm Stand in Sunderland". June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ Contrada, Fred (June 6, 2011). "Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio in Shelburne Falls as village is transformed into movie set for 'The Judge'". Retrieved June 14, 2013. 

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