Judge Dredd

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Judge Dredd (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Judge Dredd” is an action sci-fi film released in 1995, directed by Danny Cannon. The movie stars Sylvester Stallone as Judge Joseph Dredd, Armand Assante as Rico Dredd, and Diane Lane as Judge Hershey.

The story is set in a dystopian future where society is governed by a police force called Judges, who have the power to act as judge, jury, and executioner on the spot. Judge Joseph Dredd is a highly respected and feared enforcer of the law in Mega-City One, a sprawling metropolis devastated by crime and overpopulation.

When Dredd is framed for a crime he did not commit, he is wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment in the same massive prison complex he used to oversee. In the prison, Dredd discovers that his long-lost brother, Rico, is the mastermind behind the plot to discredit and destroy him.

Dredd must escape from the prison and prove his innocence while also confronting his own past and the dark secrets of his family.

“Judge Dredd” is known for its futuristic setting, action-packed sequences, and Stallone’s portrayal of the iconic comic book character. The film explores themes of justice, identity, and the abuse of power in a society where law enforcement is both judge and executioner.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics, but it has gained a cult following among fans of the “Judge Dredd” comic series and action sci-fi enthusiasts.

“Judge Dredd” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a sci-fi action film with a dystopian setting and larger-than-life characters. It remains an entertaining and visually striking movie that brings the comic book world of Mega-City One to the big screen with its futuristic visuals and action-packed sequences.

Fun Facts

  • Despite being based on the British comic book character, the film received negative reviews from fans and critics, with some criticizing its departure from the source material.
  • To create the futuristic Mega-City One setting, the filmmakers used a combination of practical sets and visual effects. The cityscape was primarily created using miniatures and matte paintings.
  • The role of Judge Dredd was initially offered to Arnold Schwarzenegger, but he turned it down. Sylvester Stallone was then cast in the lead role.
  • The film’s production faced several challenges, including budget constraints and conflicts between the director and studio executives over the film’s tone and creative direction.
  • “Judge Dredd” features an iconic catchphrase often associated with the character: “I am the law.” Sylvester Stallone delivers this line multiple times throughout the movie.
  • Despite its critical reception, the film did moderately well at the box office, grossing over $113 million worldwide against a budget of $90 million.
  • The character of Judge Dredd has since been rebooted in a 2012 film simply titled “Dredd,” starring Karl Urban. The reboot received more positive reviews and a dedicated fan following.
  • Despite the mixed reception of the film, “Judge Dredd” has gained a cult following over the years, with fans appreciating its campy and over-the-top portrayal of the character.

Additional Details


  • Sylvester Stallone: Judge Joseph Dredd
  • Armand Assante: Rico Dredd
  • Rob Schneider: Herman “Fergie” Fergusson
  • Diane Lane: Judge Barbara Hershey
  • Jürgen Prochnow: Judge Griffin
  • Max von Sydow: Chief Justice Fargo
  • Joanna Miles: Judge McGruder
  • Joan Chen: Dr. Ilsa Hayden
  • Balthazar Getty: Cadet Nathan Olmeyer
  • Maurice Roëves: Warden Miller
  • Ian Dury: Geiger
  • Mitchell Ryan: Vartis Hammond
  • Bradley Lavelle: Chief Judge Hunter
  • Lex Daniel: Brisco, a rookie cadet
  • Scott Wilson: Pa Angel
  • Christopher Adamson: Mean Machine Angel
  • Ewen Bremner: Junior Angel
  • Phil Smeeton: Link Angel
  • Peter Marinker: Judge Carlos Esposito
  • Angus MacInnes: Judge Silver
  • Mark Moraghan: Judge Monroe
  • Al Sapienza: Judge Gellar


  • Director: Danny Cannon
  • Producers: Edward Pressman, Charles Lippincott and Beau Marks
  • Screenplay: William Wisher and Steven de Souza
  • Song: Alan Silvestri

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