is a 1993 action thriller film
by Stephen Hopkins
starring Emilio Estévez
Cuba Gooding Jr.
, Jeremy Piven
and Stephen Dorff
as a group of friends on the run
from a group of psychopathic drug dealers (led by Denis Leary
) after they witness a murder.
The film was released on DVD on 20 January, 2004.
Wyatt (Emilio Estevez) leaves his
wife and baby daughter at home for a night out with his friends to
see a professional boxing match in modern Chicago.
Frank is joined by MikePeterson (Cuba
) and Ray Cochran (Jeremy
) who shows up in a lavish RV
Ray is "testing out" for his
business. When another friend of the guys cancels Frank invites his
brother John (Stephen Dorff
), and they
all head to thecity for the boxing match.
Stuck in a traffic jam en-route, John gets into a fight with
another driver. Frustrated by the delay, Ray decides to save time
by getting off the crowded expressway and search for a shortcut
through a poor, residential
neighborhood. The four friends are alarmed when they run over
something. John, Mike and Frank get out
to investigate, and find a man named Teddy (Michael DeLorenzo
) lying in the street
hurt, and they take him into the RV. Ray gathers up all the liquor
and empty beer bottles and tosses them to erase any evidence that
the guys had been drinking. Upon examining Teddy for injuries they
found that he had been shot, and with a paperbag of money in his
possession. Mike hears a police car, which the group sees drive
through the intersection ahead a few seconds later. Frank jumps
into the driver's seat and begins pursuing the squad car.
Unable to catch up to the police, their vehicle is suddenly struck
by a car. The impact forces them into a narrow alleyway, leaving
the RV damaged, stuck between two brick walls, and unable to start.
Moments after the crash three unknown men drag Teddy out of the RV
through the back window. The psychotic and ruthless leader of the
gang, Fallon (Denis Leary
), arrives in
the vehicle that struck them. Still inside the RV the four friends
overhear the group talking about their suspicions that Teddy had
stolen money from Fallon. Fallon shoots and kills Teddy and reminds
the rest of the gang that they have a policy to leave no witnesses.
As the group of criminals approaches the RV, Mike breaks the
windshield as Frank sets the RV on fire, and all four escape
through the front window and run.
The film continues with the four friends hiding and trying to
outrun the gang until they think they've gotten away. They head to
a railyard and hide aboard an empty train. Fallon and his gang
search the yard and trains for the guys. While hiding inside the
car of a old train Frank and his friends are frightened by some
sleazy homeless people who were aboard the train already. The
homeless ringleader blackmails them by threatening to alert their
pursuers to their location unless they pay them for their silence.
Ray gives up his watch, Frank gives up his wallet, while John gives
up his pocket change and Mike gives up his gold chain necklace.
retarded member of the other homeless men aboard the train, Buck,
shows interest in Mike's (Purdue) jacket by
stating and repeating that he is a college graduate.
Mike refuses to give up his jacket the homeless man becomes angry
and gets loud. Fallon and his gang were leaving the railyard when
they heard the shouting coming from the railcar. As they open the
car everyone aboard jumps off and starts running. Fallon shoots a guy
wearing the (Purdue) jacket and
it turned out to be Buck, the homeless guy who was wearing Mike's
The homeless guy was in possession of Frank's wallet
when he is killed by Fallon. Fallon recovers the wallet and now
knows who Frank is, his family, and where he lives. Frank and the
guys continue to outrun Fallon and his gang until they eventually
find an apartment building. With an open door Frank and the guys
all run inside. They hold up in the apartment of two overprotective
women, mothers Clarissa and Rita, and call the police minutes
before the criminals catch up with them. Determined to get Frank
and his friends, Fallon and his gang terrorize the building's
tenants. Hearing them terrorize the tenants the enraged women
demand that Frank and his friends leave. One of the women, Rita,
suggests that they head to the roof of the building to escape
Fallon. They flee to the rooftop and Mike, John, and Frank manage
to cross over to the neighboring building's roof with the use a
ladder. Because of Ray's fear of heights, he decides to knock the
ladder off and stay behind and try to negotiate with Fallon,
convinced that Fallon will spare their lives if he buys him off.
However, Fallon pushes Ray off the roof and he falls to his
Escaping into the sewers, Mike suggests that they fight back
against their pursuers and Frank and John agree. Sykes (Peter Greene
, who would later gained fame in
's Pulp Fiction
), Fallon's righthand
man and best friend, catches up with them, and after a brief
confrontation has his .44 Magnum wrestled away and he is shot and
killed by Mike. Frank chooses not to risk their lives anymore, so
they escape the sewer and decide to 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 drowns
While hiding once more in an abandoned building, the three
remaining friends see a bus and try to flag the driver down. The
driver sees them but, thinking they're gang members, decides to
drive off leaving them behind. Searching for help, the guys find a
store and Mike breaks the 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 is shot dead by Mike, but in the process Mike is shot
in the stomach. John goes to help Mike and 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
the silent alarm. Knowing that the three can run no longer, Frank
draws out Fallon, leading him away from the wounded Mike and John.
After a struggle between the two, Frank pushes Fallon off the
stairs, killing him. Afterwards, the police arrive and Frank takes
them to where his friends are. It is suggested that Mike and John's
wounds were not so fatal as they are wheeled away by the medics.
The movie ends with the police investigating the crime scene and
Frank's wallet is recovered by an officer.
for the film titled
Judgment Night: Music
From The Motion Picture
was released the same year on
Score album track listing
All tracks composed by Alan Silvestri
- "Freeway Confrontation" – 2:07 - Played when the group engages
in a fight on the highway.
- "New Passenger" – 4:33
- "Execution" – 5:22
- "Train Yard" – 2:13 - Played while the group was hiding in a
- "Some 'Splainin' to Do" – 5:17
- "Bat Woman" – 2:14 - Played when Frank saw a woman throwing
- "Ladder Crossing" – 9:45 - Played when the group crosses the
- "Ray's Deal" – 3:24 - Heard when Ray made a deal with the
- "Ray Eats It" – 2:05 - Played when Ray fell off of the
- "Hello Ladies" – 1:30 - Played when the goons find them in the
- "Make a Stand" – 3:32 - Played when Mike and the group decide
to make a stand against the goons.
- "Mike Shoots Sykes" – 5:20
- "All I Got Is You" – 4:40
- "Stalk & Talk" – 4:41
- "Final Fight" – 3:34
- "It's Over" – 1:04
- "Frank Takes the Wheel" – 4:02 (Unused) - Should be played when
the group is chasing the police vehicle.
- "I Tried" – 2:36 (Unused) - Should be heard when John is
sobbing and makes a confession to his
- "Judgment Night Theme" – 3:09
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