Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Stephen Hopkins|
|Produced by||Gene Levy|
|Screenplay by||Lewis Colick|
|Story by||Lewis Colick |
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Edited by||Tim Wellburn|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Judgment Night is a 1993 American 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.
Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which usually concludes in victory for the hero. Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are generally, but not limited to, car chases, fighting and gunplay or shootouts.
Stephen Hopkins is a Jamaican-born British-Australian director and producer of film and television. He directed Predator 2, Blown Away, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, and the Jesse Owens biopic Race. He also produced and directed several episodes of the first season of 24.
Emilio Estevez is an American actor, director, and writer. He is the brother of actor Charlie Sheen. Estevez started his career as an actor and is well known for being a member of the acting Brat Pack of the 1980s, starring in The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, and acting in the 1983 hit movie The Outsiders. He is also known for Repo Man, The Mighty Ducks and its sequels, Stakeout and Another Stakeout, Maximum Overdrive, Bobby, and his performances in Western films such as Young Guns and its sequel.
Francis "Frank" Wyatt (Emilio Estevez), his brother John (Stephen Dorff), and their friend Mike Peterson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) decide to go see a professional boxing match in Chicago with Ray Cochran (Jeremy Piven) - another friend, who agrees to drive them there in his lavish new RV.
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Cuba Michael Gooding Jr. is an American actor. After his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), he appeared in A Few Good Men (1992), The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), Outbreak (1995), and Jerry Maguire (1996), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He gained later attention for his roles in Men of Honor (2000) as Carl Brashear, and in Michael Bay's World War II epic Pearl Harbor (2001) as Doris Miller. His other notable films include As Good as It Gets (1997), the ensemble farce Rat Race (2001), American Gangster (2007), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), and Selma (2014), playing civil rights attorney Fred Gray. In 2016, he portrayed O.J. Simpson in the FX drama series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and co-starred in the sixth season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Roanoke.
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With the freeway gridlocked, Ray exits the expressway and cuts through a poor residential neighborhood. The four friends are alarmed when they accidentally hit a man named Teddy (Michael DeLorenzo) with Ray's RV...and doubly alarmed when they find that he has been shot. Teddy also has a paper bag filled with stolen drug money.
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The foursome notice a police car, which they rush after for help. Suddenly Ray is sideswiped by a Cadillac, which leaves his RV hopelessly stuck in a narrow alleyway. Moments later, three hoods - Rhodes (Everlast), Travis, and Sykes (Peter Greene) - force their way into the RV; they drag Teddy outside, without yet noticing his four would-be-rescuers. Fallon (Denis Leary), a local crime lord for whom the hoods work - and from whom Teddy stole the money - shows up. He kills Teddy, and then notices the RV's other four occupants...who have just become loose ends. The Wyatt brothers and both of their friends escape through the front windshield of the RV, which is now on fire.
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Mike, Ray, and the Wyatts are chased by Fallon's hoods into a railyard. They hide in an old streetcar which several bums are using for a homeless shelter. The bums demand payment, or they'll alert Fallon to the presence of his quarry...who give Frank's wallet and Mike's jacket to their "hosts". The hoods overhear one of the homeless men freaking out, and recognize Mike's jacket. While Ray and Mike flee along with the Wyatt brothers, Fallon massacres several bums before noticing his mistake. He also discovers where Frank lives, by taking his wallet off a slaughtered bum.
Taking refuge in an apartment building, the four friends are noticed by some local kids who unfortunately are on Fallon's payroll. Mike, Ray, and the Wyatt brothers look for a phone to contact the police; alas, the tenants are too scared of Fallon to help. Sure enough, Fallon's henchmen soon barge into the building - kicking open doors and gunning down everybody they see. Mike and his three buddies are forced to depart when the woman they've holed up with threatens to kill them herself, in order to save her own life. Mike and both of the Wyatts use a ladder as a bridge so that they can cross over to another rooftop. Ray, who has a phobia of heights, can't bring himself to follow. Instead, he attempts to bargain for his life with Fallon - who instead kills Ray by throwing him from the roof.
The trio are chased into the sewers by Sykes, Fallon's aide-de-camp, and fellow lieutenant Travis...both of whom are outwitted and slain by Mike, much to Fallon's chagrin.
An aide-de-camp is a personal assistant or secretary to a person of high rank, usually a senior military, police or government officer, or to a member of a royal family or a head of state.
The threesome break into a swap meet, hoping to summon the police by setting off the building's silent alarm. This instead brings Fallon and his other lieutenant, Rhodes. Rhodes wounds Mike before being tricked and killed himself by John...who, in turn, is wounded by Fallon. The friends split up. Frank is cornered by Fallon in a security office; calling up all his wits, he disarms the crime baron. Their scuffle ends with Fallon being thrown down a stairwell to his death.
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Too late now to do any good, the police arrive. While Mike and John are rushed to a hospital, Frank recovers his wallet and finds his wife Linda (Christine Harnos) waiting for him.
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 35% based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10.Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.
Leonard Klady of Variety wrote: "The most chilling aspect of the urban thriller "Judgment Night" is how infinitely superior its craft is to its art. This is an exceedingly well directed, cleverly filmed and edited, tension-filled affair. It is also a wholly preposterous, muddled, paranoid’s view of the inner-city nightmare where the slightest misstep is sure to have a fateful result."Richard Harrington of the Washington Post felt the movie was "regrettably familiar fare" and stated "The filmmakers have made a big deal of a soundtrack that features 11 collaborations between rappers and rockers (...), but their casting consciousness is less adventurous."
The movie debuted at No. 5.The film grossed a total of $12,136,938 at the US Box Office.
A soundtrack for the film titled Judgment Night: Music From The Motion Picture was released the same year on September 14, 1993.
All tracks composed and conducted by Alan Silvestri
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