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->'''Dredd''': You killed innocent people--!\\
'''Rico''': A means to an end.\\
'''Dredd''': You started a massacre!\\
'''Rico''': I caused a revolution!\\
'''Dredd''': YOU BETRAYED '''THE LAW!'''\\
'''Rico''': '''LOOOOOAAAW!'''

A 1995 film adaptation of [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd the comic book of the same name]] starring Creator/SylvesterStallone and Armand Assante. For the 2012 film adaptation starring Karl Urban, see ''Film/{{Dredd}}''.

Following a nuclear war in the late 21st Century, those who survived flocked to the Mega-Cities, large urban landscapes covering hundreds of square miles. The Mega-Cities become overcrowded, giving way to wide-scale, uncontrollable crime and violence. Law and Justice, as we know them, become something of the past. To combat the rampant criminal activity, a new kind of police force is created, one with the power to dispense both justice and punishment, acting as JudgeJuryAndExecutioner. They are The Judges.

The most dangerous of the Mega-Cities is Mega-City One, and to combat those dangers is toughest of the Judges. His name is Judge Dredd.

Accused of a crime he didn't commit, Judge Dredd is out to bring justice to the situation which has befallen him as he uncovers the nasty conspiracy surrounding the perfect criminal, Rico.

The film combines characters and major plot points from about five completely separate story arcs in the comics along with other minor elements from the comic's history and tries to blend it all together in a single 96-minute narrative.
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!!Judge Dredd: TheMovie Provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Judge Hershey.
* AffablyEvil: Rico will joke around with you like an old friend, and will keep chuckling even as he puts a bullet between your eyes.
* TheAllegedCar: The prototype Lawmaster with a hovering function which Dredd demonstrates to a class of cadets.
** The Lawmaster props were this in RealLife. The tyres were so big, they were incredibly difficult to steer properly.
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler: Former Chief Justice Fargo]] after being wounded by Mean Machine Angel.
* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGxAOrp9Nb4 Dredd Song]] by The Cure
* BadOmenAnecdote: Dredd and Fergie are trying to get back into Mega City.
-->'''Dredd:''' There is a way in. Six years ago, two refugees figured it out. It's a vent to the city's incinerator. There's a burst twice a minute. That means somebody could run through that tube and have 30 seconds before it flames again.
-->'''Fergie:''' And these, these refugees, they made it through, right?
-->'''Dredd:''' Actually, they were roasted. But the theory's sound.
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: Former Chief Justice Fargo to a Capture Team member who was about to shoot Dredd.
* BerserkButton: Although Dredd tried to remain stoic and even blamed the guy for his incompetence, you could tell he was pissed when a thug committed first degree murder on a street judge. As well as the satisfaction, that the punishment for such a crime was death.
* {{BFG}}: For part of the second half of the film, Dredd ends up using [[spoiler: Fargo's]] really huge shotgun.
* BigGuyRodeo: Rob Schneider does this to Rico's ABC robot.
* BigNo: Twice. Dredd exclaims this when [[spoiler: former Chief Justice Fargo]] is mortally wounded, and [[spoiler: Judge Griffin]] lets one out just before the ABC robot rips his limbs off.
* BondOneLiner: After Dredd executes a perp who committed a crime punishable by death, he says, "Court's adjourned."
** [[StuffBlowingUp "Happy motoring."]]
* BornAsAnAdult: An intended occurrence for the new Janus Project clones, but Rico lets them out a little early.
* BrickJoke: During his teaching stint, Dredd offers any cadet the Lawmaster prototype if they can get it to work. He end up using it as part of his escape.
* BriefcaseBlaster: The gun Rico uses to shoot the prison warden in the throat.
* BumblingSidekick: An action movie from TheNineties, featuring Rob Schneider. Hmm...
* ButtMonkey: Fergie.
* CainAndAbel: Rico and Joseph Dredd.
* TheCaligula: Judge Griffin is seemingly based on Judge Cal from [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd the original comics]]. His actions as Chief Judge and overall demeanor suggest he is actually insane.
* CatchPhrase: Dredd has a few lines which he repeats on a few occasions.
** "I knew you'd say that."
** "I am the law!"
** "Court's adjourned."
* CavalryBetrayal: The Aspen Penal Colony transport pilot thinks the Capture Team will rescue him.
* ChekhovsGun: The [[spoiler: signal flare]] function on the Lawgiver pistol.
* ClearMyName: Dredd, accused of an unlawful murder, must expose the true culprits and reattain his status as a Judge.
* ClearTheirName: To a lesser extent, Fergie expects Dredd to let Justice Department know of Fergie's innocence and let him off the hook. Leads to a few humorous moments, such as Dredd winding up in a shootout in the Hall of Justice and, upon bumping into Fergie again, being asked if he told them Fergie can go free.
* CloningBlues: Rico and Dredd are revealed to be genetically engineered by Justice Department in the BackStory. The restart of these genetic experiments makes up a major portion of the rest of the plot.
* CloneDegeneration: This is the implied reason why Rico not only looks nothing like Dredd and became AxCrazy. It was more clearly seen when Rico hatches the first set of clones early.
* CollapsingLair: No real reason is given as to why the cloning facility starts falling apart in huge showers of sparks and falling equipment during the film's climax. It doesn't ''actually'' collapse, but it clearly sustains massive and mounting damage, which somehow doesn't feel appropriate considering all it gets are a few shots to the walls.
* CoolGun: The lawgiver.
* CrimeOfSelfDefense: Dredds' arrest of Fergie as he tries to escape by hiding in the food-vendor droid and receives a five-year sentence:
--> '''Fergie:''' Five years!? No! I had no choice!
--> '''Dredd:''' You could've gone out the window.
--> '''Fergie:''' Forty floors?! That's suicide!
--> '''Dredd:''' Maybe... but it's legal.
* DarkActionGirl: Dr. Hayden.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Hayden vs Hershey.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Rico, courtesy of Dredd.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Dredd sentences Fergie to a five-year stint in the Aspen penal colony for {{h|ollywoodHacking}}acking an food dispenser droid to save himself during a block war in his new neighborhood, Dredd reasoning that Fergie is a habitual criminal (having only just returned from a six month stay in Aspen). His fellow Judge even [[WhatTheHellHero questions the sentence]].
** When coming across a DUI, Dredd shoots the offender's car. With a ''[[StuffBlowingUp Hi-Ex]] round''.
* DramaticGunCock: When Dredd picks up Fargo's shotgun, he does this.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: While Dredd is on the run from the law and infiltrating the Justice Department headquarters, he knocks out a Judge and steals his uniform.
* EnemyRisingBehind: Rico does this while in a body bag and kills an unsuspecting technician.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first thing Dredd says in the film is the memetically hammy "I AM THE LAW".
* EvilIsHammy: The one person in the entire movie who manages to out-ham Sylvester Stallone's Dredd is Armand Assante's Rico.
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: The Angel Family. As part of this adaptation, they're also a CannibalClan.
* FiveBadBand:
** TheBigBad - Chief Justice Griffin
** TheDragon - Rico
** DarkChick / EvilGenius - Dr. Ilsa Hayden, the medical doctor who beats up judges...
** TheBrute - ABC Warrior Robot.
* FutureFoodIsArtificial: Perhaps the one thing that best reflects the original tone of the comics, a droid promoting "recycled food", proclaiming, "Eat recycled food. It's good for the environment and okay for you!"
* FutureSlang: Some dude screams "'''HOLY DROKK!!!'''" after seeing that a Judge's gun is rigged to electrocute anyone other than a Judge. Given its use in the original comic, this counts as a PrecisionFStrike.
* FutureSpandex: Judges wear a lycra/spandex bodysuit undergarment under their body armor.
* AGodAmI: Metaphorically. Rico being a product of a genetic engineering project, sees himself as being above humanity and wishes to rule over Mega-City One.
* HamToHamCombat: Dredd vs. Rico
--> '''Dredd''': You betrayed the law!
--> '''Rico''': '''''[[ChewingTheScenery LAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!]]'''''
* HandBlast: The ABC Warrior robot was armed with machine guns built into its hands.
* HandCannon: The Lawgiver II gun used by the Judges.
* HollywoodLaw: Dredd is convicted on the strength of evidence that his defense was not informed of, which is implied to be against the Justice Dept.'s standard practices. Additionally he's convicted on the basis of only DNA evidence despite the fact that there's a psychotic Judge who happens to share Dredd's DNA and the Judges (who are fully aware of this) never make an effort to check Rico's location. (Though in their defense, all of them but Griffin thought Rico was ''dead'', and that Dredd was merely following in Rico's footsteps.)
* HookHand: Mean Machine Angel has an artificial arm with several hook and blade attachments.
* HurricaneOfPuns: All of them having to do with law/police terms.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Fergie restates his innocence to Dredd while on the transport to the Aspen Penal Colony and calls his sentencing a mistake, Dredd responds, "The Law doesn't make mistakes", to which Fergie asks Dredd to otherwise explain how ''he's'' being shipped to the penal colony, as well.
* ImAHumanitarian:
--> '''Fergie:'''I'm free, you're toast!
--> '''Judge Dredd:''' Actually, ''you're'' toast. I forgot to mention it. Your new friends [The Angel Family]? They're cannibals!
* IWillTearYourArmsOff: Rico orders his ABC robot to rip off Griffin's limbs (and save the head for last) [[spoiler: when he doesn't approve of Rico's takeover of the Janus project]] and threatens to do the same for Judge Hershey if Dredd refuses to join him.
* IntrepidReporter: Vartis Hammond, who is very critical of Judge Dredd and the Justice Dept.
* IronicName: Heavenly Haven is the name of the shithole of a block where the Block War takes place.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: When Rico's lawgiver runs dry of standard rounds, Dredd simply disarms him and switches to signal flare.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner
* LanternJawOfJustice: Love him or hate him for removing the helmet, but Stallone had the perfect jaw for this role.
* LargeHam: [[WorldOfHam Ham permeates the entire movie]] and even makes it pretty enjoyable. Armand Assante and SylvesterStallone particuarly wallow in HamAndCheese and Stallone, when asked about the movie, actually said they should have made it even Hammier.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: Chief Judge Griffin is quite insistent that Dredd's shuttle crash killed everyone aboard, so insistent that when a recovery team finds survivors, Griffin gives an implicit order to kill them.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: The Judges' guns record the shooter's DNA whenever a shot is fired, so each death can be traced back to the relevant Judge and trial. They also store palmprint records, so if a non-Judge tries to use the weapon, it delivers an incapacitating shock[[note]]This is different from the comic version, which explodes when picked up by a non-Judge and will not fire for any Judge other than its owner.[[/note]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: Fargo tells Dredd of his true lineage as a clone just before he dies.
* MaskOfPower: Dredd is arguably at his most {{Badass}} when his helmet is on (mostly in the opening scene, where he deals with a block war single-handed). Whenever it's off, he seems to suffer from BadassDecay.
* MonumentalBattle: ''Inside'' the Statue of Liberty.
* MoralDissonance: For being the ultimate, bred-for-the-purpose Judge with justice and fairness at the top of his moral code, Dredd sure doesn't seem to consider it particularly troubling to shotgun a few completely innocent guards who just happened to be unlucky enough to have a crooked master, or to cause others following him on hoverbikes to crash into the scenery. Or to crash one of said hoverbikes into a building (presumably containing at least some innocent people) and exploding ''several floors'' of it.
* MuggedForDisguise: After being removed from the force, Dredd jumps a fellow Judge for his uniform so he could better infiltrate the Hall of Justice.
* MythologyGag: The smiley face graffiti seen on the Statue of Liberty is a reference to the original comic's story "Un-American Graffiti", in which this was a signature part of a character's graffiti tag.
* NeckLift: The ABC robot does it to Judge Hershey.
* NonIndicativeName: Fergie's new home, Heavenly Haven, turns out to be an utter shithole that's in the middle of a block war.
* TheObiWan: Chief Justice Fargo mentored Judge Dredd.
* OffhandBackhand: Dredd to another Judge who was trying to arrest him.
* OfferedTheCrown: Dredd is asked to become the new Chief Justice, but turns this down because he prefers paroling the city streets.
* OppositeSexClone: There are both men and women among the [[spoiler:Rico clones]].
* OutrunTheFireball: Dredd and Fergie must do this when they infiltrate the city via an incinerator vent which spews out a fireball every thirty seconds.
* OutscareTheEnemy: The way Block Warlord deals with one of his underlings considering surrendering to Dredd.
-->"You want to be afraid of somebody, be afraid of ME!"
* PercussiveMaintenance: When the [[CoolBike new Lawmaster prototype]] isn't starting, Dredd gives it a solid thump and it comes online. It failed again eventually, but by that time Dredd was able to jack one of the more reliable models.
* PreciousPhoto: Hershey finds two in Dredd's locker. One of Dredd as a baby with his parents, [[spoiler: which turns out to be fake]] and one of Dredd and Rico.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "Court's adjourned." (In a separate instance)
* ThePurge: Rico and Ilsa manage to massacre more than a hundred street Judges due to [[spoiler:Griffin]]'s knowledge of Judge procedures, security measures and scrambled radio frequencies.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Rico's orders to Dredd after the ABC robot grabs Judge Hershey.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The ABC robot.
* TheReveal: Not only was Rico a Judge, but he's also [[spoiler:Dredd's twin brother whom Dredd judged years ago.]]
* SentryGun: Several of these are kept trained on Rico in his cell in the Aspen Penal Colony.
* TheStarscream: Rico ultimately turns on [[spoiler:Chief Judge Griffin]] when he no longer needs him.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: Done to the page quote, c/o Series/AttackOfTheShow. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueYUwcZV-n0 Roll that beautiful ham footage.]]
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: At the story's climax Dr. Ilsa Hayden shows skill in martial arts, despite not having shown or explained to have possessed combat training in the first place. But really, [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts it should have been obvious.]]
* TailorMadePrison: Rico's prison cell keeps him behind a force field with automated guns trained on him at all times.
* TakeMyHand: Judge Hershey to Dredd, while he's hanging from the top of the Statue of Liberty.
* TakeTheWheel: Dredd to Fergie during the aerial chase as he's about to jump to another vehicle.
* TapOnTheHead: Dredd renders another Judge unconscious in such a manner in a locker room.
* TerroristsWithoutACause: the criminals perpetrating the block war don't really seem to have any good reason for doing so. They even start shooting at the other guys completely out of the blue, spurred simply by Fergie's arrival.
* {{There Should Be a|Law}} '''''[[ThereShouldBeALaw LAAAAAAWW]]''''':
-->'''Dredd:''' Emotions, there oughta be a law against them.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "That's ''Judge'' Bitch!"
* TooDumbToLive: The rookie street Judge who [[LeeroyJenkins recklessly charges into a room with armed thugs]] and gets killed for it at the beginning.
* TruthInTelevision: Despite sharing identical DNA, Fargo, Dredd and Rico look nothing alike, besides skin and hair (for Dredd and Rico anyway) colour. In reality, clones tend not to resemble their "parent" too much, since your appearance is determined only partially by your DNA, it's also determined by the life you lead and the conditions you're exposed to in the womb. Of course, [[WatsonianVersusDoylist the real reason]] is that it would have been too difficult to have Stallone play three characters, one in heavy age makeup, all of which have face-to-face interaction, and also, having them all look the same would have tipped viewers off to TheReveal that Dredd and Rico were Fargo's clones way too early. This is handwaved by Fargo stating that DNA was taken from all the members of the council, not just himself.
* UnkemptBeauty: Hershey after she survives the destruction of her Lawmaster. It's one of the few things in this film that the fandom doesn't seem to have any real problem with.
* UnPerson: "Let him be stricken from our hearts and our memory... forever."
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Griffin's motivation is simply to restart the Janus project so that he can build up Justice Department to cope with the massive crime rate. However, his actions (forcing Fargo out, getting Dredd out of the way, his choice of [[TheDragon dragon]] and murdering of the council) are essentially evil.
* WorldofHam: Nearly everyone seems to enjoy shouting their lines in the cheesiest and most over-the-top way possible.
* WretchedHive: Mega-City One boasts extraordinarily high unemployment and crime rates.
* YouOweMe: Hershey keeps a running tally in regards to Dredd.
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