Sarge: Season 1, Episode 0

The Badge or the Cross (22 Feb. 1971)

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After his wife is murdered, a veteran cop quits the police department and becomes a priest. Several years later he is assigned to a parish where he meets the man who killed his wife--and ... See full summary »

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Al Matteo
Nico Minardos ...
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Carol Swanson
Stewart Moss ...
Father Terrence
Sallie Shockley ...
Valerie
Larry Gates ...
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Ramon Bieri ...
Chief Dewey
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Rector
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After his wife is murdered, a veteran cop quits the police department and becomes a priest. Several years later he is assigned to a parish where he meets the man who killed his wife--and discovers that the killer was gunning for him instead. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A cop turned priest hunts down the killer of his wife
15 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An unlikely plot deals with a cop, whose wife is murdered, and who then becomes ordained a Catholic priest, gets assigned to a poor parish with special needs in the district where he was a cop, and who somehow attempts to track down his wife's murderer. The cop-priest struggles to get his priorities straight--avenging the death of his wife as a cop or serving God in the role of a priest.

In my opinion, the best part of the movie is the "Mass" music. A minor subplot entails some youth pressuring the young, but stern monsignor to allow them to have a "folk mass" just once. Of course, the cop-priest intervenes; that is, up to the point the "folk mass" becomes a "rock mass." As music director at my church, I've completed the Mass music, written out the musical score, and used the music during services. Other than that, the movie--to me--was a time waster. The film offers little in the way of suspense or drama. It was nothing significant or exciting. But perhaps, I got distracted by the music??? There was a follow up to the movie, one that was equally uneventful, something about a plot to murder a number of priests. There wasn't even any good music to save the the sequel.


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