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The film Billy Bob Thornton feared he'd never see has been saved from oblivion by an American film channel. Movie executives turned their backs on The Badge because it was so similar to Thornton's acclaimed role in Monster's Ball. In both, the actor plays a smalltown law man coming to terms with his own bigotry. Director Robby Henson feared his second feature would become a straight-to- video disaster after production company Propaganda Films went bankrupt during post-production and other companies refused to take on the project. But cable channel Starz came to the rescue of the star-studded film, which also features Patricia Arquette, William Devane and Jena Malone, and they plan to air it as a special feature this coming weekend. Henson says, "Everyone is delighted. This is a good film with great performances. It was kind of orphaned for a while and then Starz stepped in and they've been very good for the film."

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