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


To The Left To The Right
Performed by T-Model Ford
Remix by Michael T. Diamond
Published by Big Legal Mess Publishing BMI
Administered by Wixen Music Publishing BMI
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
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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.

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