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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7 September 2002 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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For what it's worth, Mona's dead body on the morgue table is a woman's, not a man's. The crests of the iliac, the hip bone, are pronounced, as they are in a woman's pelvic girdle. What this means is that the body was born female and couldn't have been a genotypic male with added breasts, which is the explanation offered by the M.E. See more »


On the way to New Orleans the camera is visible in the window of Darl's truck. 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

In the German end credits, Julie Hagerty's name is spelled "Julie Haggerty". See more »


I'm Leaving
Performed by Junior Kimbrough
Remix by Chris Young and Jon Silver
Published by Mockinbird Blues Publishing BMI
Administered by Wixen Music Publishing
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
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Gritty Crime Drama about Tolerance and Forgiveness
5 August 2003 | by (Hardwick, Vermont) – See all my reviews

Patricia Arquette and Billy Bob Thorton are at their best in this gritty, quasi-noir crime drama set in Louisiana. Thorton's character is similiar to the one that he played in Monster's Ball. This role however was more sympathetic but not as complex. Arquette is good at playing characters that live on the edge but still manage to be morally strong and honest. She also has an extremely potent sex appeal that is simultaneously mature and girlish. The story is a coplex one with lots of twists and turns. There are secrets in the small town of LaSalle Parrish and they are artfully revealed by the director whose style is a little clunky but engaging nonetheless. I recommend this movie. It's message of tolerance is very important and could not have been more clearly stated.

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