In Armageddon, what tool was Harry Stamper referring to when he said

"unpack The Judge"

after the drill bit broke?


"The Judge" is nothing more than a really large drill bit. There's no real reason I could figure out as to how it got that name, but that's what they unpack and put on the end of the rig.

  • I think it was just for dramatic flair. The other option must have been some variation on "get me the biggest drill bit!"
    – Waddler
    Mar 20 '15 at 15:44
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    They shoulda called it "The Jury" or "The Hammer" or something. "Get me the Hammer of Grapthar!" :oD Mar 20 '15 at 15:53
  • @JohnnyBones "Oh what a savings" Mar 20 '15 at 19:47

The "Judge" is a large, high-tech drill bit with multiple spinning parts.

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Interestingly, in the original script they were going to call it "The Terminator". I would assume that this ran into a rights issue.

HARRY: Go to the Terminator.

Chick grabs Harry's mysterious METAL CASE. Harry pops open the metal case, revealing THE TERMINATOR, a super high-tech bit.

HARRY: I designed you. I built you. You are the enemy of all subterranean shit. You are the king. It's showtime.

Harry passes it to Bear, who screws it onto the drilling pipe, Rockhound scoops up a COLLECTION OF DOWNHOLE ROCK CHIPS.

HARRY (CONT'D): Hit it, Chick.

The DRILL PIPE turns. Sediment comes WHOOSHING out of the hole and — THE DRILL PIPE descends like a bitch.

  • Given the repeated references to "dropping the hammer", I'm guessing that's why he called it The Judge.
    – user7812
    Jun 30 '15 at 20:47

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