MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,235 this week

The Badge (2002)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 2,610 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 14 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


Related News

Billy Bob's Country Girl
| WENN
Billy Bob's Film Saved by Cable Film Channel
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 09 Mar 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 07 Nov 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 16 Feb 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Badge" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Badge (2002)

The Badge (2002) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Badge.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chrystal (2004)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Sixteen years after the accident that claimed his son's life and permanently injured his wife, a man returns to his home in search of redemption.

Director: Ray McKinnon
Stars: Lisa Blount, Billy Bob Thornton, Kamron Ross Stacey
Levity (2003)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The film philosophical approach at redemption. The protagonist Manual Jordan has gotten parole from a life sentence for the murder of Abner Easley, and returns to the city he lived in to ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Solomon
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Kirsten Dunst
Trouble Bound (1993)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Upon getting out of prison, a man who took the rap for some thief buddies gets together with them again, and tells them he's not interested in doing things with them any more. They stick a ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Reiner
Stars: Michael Madsen, Patricia Arquette, Sal Jenco
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Single Woman is a distinct, lively portrait of Jeannette Rankin (the first American woman elected to Congress; also a suffragist, peace activist and reformer) that takes us from her ... See full summary »

Director: Kamala Lopez
Stars: Patricia Arquette, Karen Black, Traber Burns
Short | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the late 1800s, somewhere in the West, two cowboys, the laconic Tar and the prolix Slope, sit by a daytime campfire eating beans. Their cattle are somewhere nearby. Slope begins to ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Lester
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Mickey Jones, Scott Christensen
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Valentine Casey is a Marshal in the desolate Tucson territory of the early 1900s. On Christmas Eve, his outlaw family pays him a disturbing visit. He must confront the sins of his past. He ... See full summary »

Director: Dwight Yoakam
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Luke Askew, Dwight Yoakam
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A romantic comedy about two trashy couples traveling to Reno to see a monster truck show.

Director: Jordan Brady
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron, Patrick Swayze
Corn (2004)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Emily returns to her family's sheep farm in rural Pennsylvania after an affair with the politician who has fathered her baby. Doubted by the community she has returned to, she questions her... See full summary »

Director: Dave Silver
Stars: Jena Malone, Pamela Gray, Peter McRobbie
Betrayed by Love (TV Movie 1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An FBI agent and his pretty informant become lovers, which leads to tragedy.

Director: John Power
Stars: Mare Winningham, Steven Weber, Patricia Arquette
Homegrown (1998)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Life is good for Jack, Carter and Harlan, three inept ne'r-do-wells who help run master dope-grower Malcoms flourishing marijuana plantation somewhere in northern California. But then ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, Kelly Lynch
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A comedy about manure salesmen in 1960s heartland America.

Director: Michael Polish
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Téa Leoni, Mark Polish
Goodbye Lover (1998)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ben and Sandra are hot and provocative lovers, but Sandra is unfortunately married to Ben's younger brother Jake, and soon Jake will find out about Ben.

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A small town sheriff. A big city murderer.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Behind the Badge  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Soundtracks

Thirty Two ND Time
Written and Performed by Otis Taylor
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Highly enjoyable, solid thriller.
8 October 2002 | by (Kimberling City, MO.) – See all my reviews

Disregarding what others have said about "The Badge" I went into it because I love Billy Bob and had kept track of it during filming, when the original title had been "Behind the Sun". Seeing that the film went straight to cable really didn't surprise me, espescially seeing as how this isn't really for mainstream audiences, but then again, neither was "Monster's Ball". Anyhow, I'm rambling so let me get to the point here. "The Badge" didn't go to theaters because certain people felt that Billy Bob's character (Darl) was too similar to his character Hank in "Monster's Ball". Whatever the reason, I don't really care. At least I got to see it and I AM thankful for that.

"The Badge" tells the story of a Louisiana Parish Sheriff who normally doesn't appreciate gays, but has to put aside his predjudices and personal beliefs to solve a murder of a transexual. Sound strange? Well, it is and it isn't. That depends on what kind of person you are. Personally, I found the movie to be quite accurate in showing the deep south for what it really is. The politics were espescially accurate and it was pretty brave of Robby Henson to delve into that matter as deep as he did. Obviously, this movie isn't just about politics, but the southern and small-town mentality as well. How do I know? Well, I was raised there, so I have a good understanding of how things work down there.

Another thing: While some of the characters have been called "comic book" or "stereotypes", they're pretty accurate as well. Much like in Sling Blade, I felt like I knew some of these people. I also found the plot turns and acting to be very well executed. As far as that goes, no one gives a bad performance here.

All that said, "The Badge" is definitely worth a look.


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was she or wasn't she? agathawords
where can you buy soundtrack or blues players. r-scottiii
The Song in the club sevari
Can Someone TEll Me ashleyroo-1
Song at the end no_fancy_name
who was SHERRY in the film... dohcdx
Discuss The Badge (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?