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The Badge (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  7 September 2002 (USA)
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A sheriff (Thornton) begins an investigation into the death of a local transsexual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Darl Hardwick
The Judge
Sister Felicia
Deputy Jackson
Deputy C.B.
Bull Hardwick
Teenage Waitress
John McConnell ...
J.C. Sealy ...
Rhonda Hebert (as J.C. Seally)
Huey Alexander ...
Mark Krasnoff ...


A sheriff (Thornton) begins an investigation into the death of a local transsexual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his investigation causes him to be rejected by others, forcing him to seek help from the people he once despised. Written by Jason Smith

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A small town sheriff. A big city murderer.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Behind the Badge  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Cindy Ingraham who is listed in the credits as "Additional Props" also has the byline on the newspaper article announcing that Judge Pendergast has resigned in the sex scandal. See more »


When Darl is talking with Carla outside her house, the door of Carla's car changes from opened to closed several times. See more »


Sheriff Darl Hardwick: I'm beginnin' to think I liked you a lot better when you used to smoke all that reefer and we'd fuck in your Pinto.
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Crazy Credits

Credits at the beginning of the film use full names for the following people: Audrey Marie Anderson, Marcus Lyle Brown, Bradley Harrison Picklesimer. This differs from the closing credits, which use Audrey Anderson, Marcus Brown, and Bradley Picklesimer. Bradley Picklesimer is mis-credited in both the opening and closing credits and her last name should read Picklesheimer. See more »


I Love You
Performed by Asie Payton
Remix by Jim Waters and Scott Benzel
Published by Big Legal Mess Publishing BMI
Administered by Wixen Music Publishing BMI
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
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Billy Bob Thornton plays Darl, a homophobic sheriff in Louisiana who finds himself trying to solve the murder of a trans-gender lingerie model named Mona. Mona is survived by his / her wife Scarlett, played by Patricia Arqueutte. At first, Darl is apathetic and indifferent about the case, allowing his prejudices to cloud is professional duties. Complication matters is the fact that the office of sheriff is up for re-election, and the Mayor has decided to run another candidate for the job, unseating Darl as he had done to Darl's father years before. The movie has an excellent plot, and benefits from strong performances from William Devane (who plays the Mayor) and of course from Thornton himself.

Badge is more than just a who-dunnit. It is also a glimpse into a part of our society that many people never see. Don't miss "The Badge". 8/10

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