Judgment Night (film)

Judgment Night
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byStephen Hopkins
Produced byGene Levy
Screenplay byLewis Colick
Story byLewis Colick
Jere Cunningham
Starring
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographyPeter Levy
Edited byTim Wellburn
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal 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]

Plot

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.

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.

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.

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. They approach a woman who is throwing out her garbage and convince her to let them in. She has a young daughter and another adult woman in the apartment. They call the police, but they are taking too long to come. Sure enough, Fallon's henchmen soon barge into the building - kicking open doors and gunning down everybody they see. Frank, Mike and John decide they must leave the apartment so that they don’t put this woman and her family in danger. Ray, who is obviously scared, says that he’s not leaving. He proceeds to pull a gun on his friends and threatens to kill them if they leave. Mike is very shocked and angry to learn that he had a gun this entire time, and is now pulling it on them. Ray sobs and is talked into giving the gun to Frank. The woman tells the four friends that there is an escape route to another building. They leave as Fallon and his gang are terrorizing the other tenants. 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 the promise of money to Fallon - who instead kills Ray by throwing him off the roof.

The trio are chased into the sewers by Fallon and his henchmen. At one point, Mike says that they have to stop running, take a stand, and fight. Armed with pipes, they wait for the bad guys in the sewer. Sykes, Fallon's aide-de-camp, almost shoots Mike. But, Frank jumps him and in the end, Mike winds up shooting Sykes to his chagrin because he thought he didn’t have the guts to do it. The three then climb out of the sewer. Fallon and his other two men come across Sykes’ dead body and Travis starts to complain that he didn’t sign up for this. Apparently, Fallon doesn’t want to hear his “whining” and proceeds to clock him in the face and drown him.

Meanwhile, Mike berates John for almost getting him killed back in the sewer. He didn’t have his back like he said he would. He froze and that’s why Frank was the one to subdue Sykes. Frank comes to his little brother’s defense and Mike backs down as he calls him “boss”. They then take refuge in an abandoned building. John cries that he is scared. Frank tries to console him. Mike just looks on from afar, then proceeds to call Frank “boss” again and says that the street is clear. Frank tells Mike to cool it with the “boss” stuff. They see a bus and try to flag the driver down, but she refuses to stop. This prompts Mike to start shooting at the bus. Frank tells him to stop because he’s going to give them away and get them killed. Mike punches Frank. Frank yells that he has a wife and a baby to get back to. Frank and John start to leave and Mike calls after them to wait for him.

The threesome break into a swap meet, hoping to summon the police by setting off the building's alarm. This brings two security guys and they think they are homefree. One goes to turn off the alarm and call the cops, but he is met with Fallon who kills him. Fallon’s other lieutenant, Rhodes, proceeds to kill the second security guy. In a game of cat and mouse, Rhodes wounds Mike but not before Mike gets a shot off himself. Rhodes tries to finish Mike off, but his wound proves to be too much, and he falls down & dies. John retrieves Mike, but Fallon shoots John in the leg. The three friends make their way to a bathroom where Frank tries to patch his brother and friend up. Frank leaves to try to get help, but encounters Fallon. Frank sneaks behind Fallon and a fight ensues. Fallon wins the fight, but then starts talking about Frank's house and his daughter. Frank loses it, overpowers Fallon, and throws him off a ledge to his death.

Too late now to do any good, the police arrive. While Mike and John are rushed to a hospital, Frank receives his wallet from a police officer who comments that he has a good looking family.