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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
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 trans individual 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 and Clavain

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A small town sheriff... A big city murder See more »

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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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 »


Near the beginning, when the body is being examined, it breathes just before being covered up. 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 »


My Soul's in Louisiana
Written and Performed by Otis Taylor
Produced and Arranged by Kenny Passarelli
Published by Shoe Lace BMI
Courtesy of Northern Blues Music, Inc.
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Engaging but slightly problematic
25 January 2003 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed "The Badge"; when it appeared on the shelves of the video store where I work, I was a little curious about how a film with Billy Bob Thornton and Patricia Arquette wound up on cable. But oh well. After seeing the film, I have to admit that it does fit more properly on a small screen where its flaws are minimized. Robby Henson - the writer/director - has a tendency to use stylish jump cuts, amateurish wipes (no one except George Lucas should EVER use wipes anymore), and sped-up shots that are at odds with the appealingly lackadaisical tone of his story. However, the acting is excellent, especially by Thornton; had the film been released in theaters, it wouldn't have been unrealistic for Lion's Gate to push him for an Oscar. That said, Arquette is also good - am I the only one who thinks she's an underrated actress? "The Badge" reminded me over and over of "The Big Easy" - which is most certainly a compliment - and while it's not the equal of that film, it does a fine job of standing on it's own two feet.

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