Judgment Night (film)

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Judgment Night
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Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Produced byGene Levy
Screenplay by Lewis Colick
Story byLewis Colick
Jere Cunningham
Starring
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Peter Levy
Edited byTim Wellburn
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • October 15, 1993 (1993-10-15)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$21 million
Box office$12,136,999 [1]

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. [2]

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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 American actor, director, and writer

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Plot

Francis (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.

Stephen Dorff American actor

Stephen Hartley Dorff Jr. is an American actor, known for portraying PK in The Power of One, Stuart Sutcliffe in Backbeat, Johnny Marco in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, and for his roles in Blade as self-styled vampire-overlord Deacon Frost, Cecil B. DeMented, The Motel Life, S.F.W. and Space Truckers.

Cuba Gooding Jr. American actor

Cuba Michael Gooding Jr. is an American actor and comedian. 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 WWII 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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Stuck in traffic, Ray decides to make up for lost time by exiting the expressway and search out 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.

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Michael DeLorenzo American actor

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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. Fallon reminds the gang that policy is to leave no witnesses. As the criminals approach the RV, Frank sets it on fire, and all four escape through the front window.

Denis Leary American actor and comedian

Denis Colin Leary is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer. Leary was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. He has starred in many films including playing Captain George Stacy in Marc Webb's film, The Amazing Spider-Man, Cleveland Browns Head Coach Vince Penn in Ivan Reitman's film, Draft Day, and as the voice of Francis in A Bug's Life and Diego in the Ice Age franchise.

The four friends hide and try 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 when Mike won't give him his jacket. 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 (who he thought was Mike by the jacket), 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 local boy on the swingset outside of the building spots the guys, who then runs off to tell his friends. The group of local kids, who are protecting their neighbourhood, confront Fallon and his gang, believing them to be the group they are looking for. Fallon pays the group off to find out which building they ran into. While inside the building, Frank and his friends hole up in the apartment of two women and a child and they 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, and the unsteadiness of the ladder at that point, he decides to throw the ladder down and stay behind to pay Fallon off. However, Fallon pushes him off the roof, falling 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 (whether accidentally or not) drowns him.

Peter Greene is an American character actor, generally known for playing villains.

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.

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Cast

Reception

Critical response

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. [3] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale. [4]

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." [5] 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." [6]

Box office

The movie debuted at No. 5. [7] The film grossed a total of $12,136,938 at the US Box Office. [1]

Soundtrack

A soundtrack for the film titled Judgment Night: Music From The Motion Picture was released the same year on September 14, 1993. [2]

Score album track listing

All tracks composed and conducted 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 - Played when the group witnessed a murder and escapes the RV.
  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

Comedian Adam Carolla was a stand-in for one of the "bad guy" actors. He was friends with the assistant director. It was his first foray into film. [8]

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