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1990s, Dystopian Future

Judge Dredd (1995)

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Judge Dredd, one of a group of superpolice who have the authority to arrest, judge and execute criminals in Mega-City a vast connobation in which the remnants of the continent’s population live, is accused of murder when his DNA is identified on the bullets found in the body of a dead journalist. He is condemned to prison, but on the way his transport is shot down. He survives but must escape from the clutches of a rabid family in order to return to the city and clear his name. Meanwhile evil forces are destabilising the city.

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The judges deal with firefights in the city streets, Dredd has to answer for a number of executions and is sent to the academy to train cadets. Murders take place and he is tried and defended by Judge Hershey, out in the wilderness the clan of cannibals capture him and a minor criminal who is with him. Later there are hover bike chases and threats from a resurrected combat robot. So there is a lot of violence mostly with the judge’s special hand gun, no nudity or sex but just a bit of implied friendship between Dredd and Hershey.

A View Dredd is a character from the British comic 2000AD. My sons used to get it back in the 1980s, and in the comic Dredd never takes his helmet off. On the other hand, in the film he seldom has it on, but if we can get over this failing it is not too bad, even though John Wagner, the creator of the character says, it is not really a Judge Dredd story. He’s right but if you are into dystopian SF probably a watch for nothing, although it is not a patch on “Dredd” from 2012.
Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story Characters in 2000AD, but apparently not following any particular story line.
Director Danny Cannon
Writers/Script William Wisher, Steven E. de Souza (story by Michael De Luca, William Wisher, characters by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra)
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Jurgen Prochnow, Max von Sydow, Diane Lane, Joan Chen, Maurice Roeves, Ian Dury, Ewen Bremner, James Earl Jones
Additional Info The film was cut a number of times to attempt to achieve an R rating in America and Stallone was keen to cut it further to get a PG-13 rating. He and Danny Cannon have exchanged insults about the production for years.

 

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