MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,680 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 2,663 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

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

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 49 titles
created 07 Nov 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 10 Nov 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 Dec 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 5 months 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... 

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
Betrayed by Love (TV Movie 1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

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

Director: John Power
Stars: Mare Winningham, Steven Weber, Patricia Arquette
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An off beat comedy about an out of work screen writing/artist that complains about being too cool, too talented and way too gay.

Director: Jefery Levy
Stars: Steve Antin, Katherine Helmond, Patricia Arquette
Chrystal (2004)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Twenty 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
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Billy Crudup, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette
Human Nature (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman is in love with a man in love with another woman, and all three have designs on a young man raised as an ape.

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans
Vijay and I (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Wilhelm Wilder (Will) is a talented actor stuck on a New York City children's TV show where he portrays Bad Luck Bunny, a hapless green rabbit. Feeling a failure, he bears his fate with ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Garbarski
Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Patricia Arquette, Danny Pudi
Nightwatch (1997)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ewan McGregor plays a law student who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue. He begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a serial of murders.

Director: Ole Bornedal
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette
Infinity (1996)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Story of the early life of genius and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.

Director: Matthew Broderick
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Force
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
Pretty Smart (1987)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Dimitri Logothetis
Stars: Tricia Leigh Fisher, Lisa Lörient, Dennis Cole
Time Out (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Jon Bang Carlsen
Stars: Allan Olsen, Patricia Arquette, Nina van Pallandt
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)
...
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

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 »

Goofs

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

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 »

Soundtracks

Going Back Home
Performed by Paul Jones Remix by Scott Benzel
Published by Big Legal Mess BMI
Administered by Wixen Music Publishing
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Voyeur in the bayou
12 July 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film never had a chance as a commercial feature, but it should have been seen in spite of some weak parts. Robby Henson, directing his own material, proves he can tell a good story. If one adds to this the atmosphere of crooked politicians in Louisiana, the possibilities are endless.

The film holds one's interest until one realizes who is the person who killed Mona. The director gives a clue while the sheriff is going in a different direction, either voluntarily, or just to tease us. The other thing that is not resolved is the relationship between Darl and Carla, his stranged wife, and with his daughter, who is hanging out with the wrong crowd.

"The Badge" is a much better film than some of the trash that is being shown these days. The film owes a great deal to Billy Bob Thornton, who is the epitome of this rural sheriff. Mr. Thornton acts instinctively; he is a natural and he makes this character his own.

Also notable in the film is Patricia Arquette, who plays Scarlett, the stripper with a heart in its right place. William Devane's character should have been a lot more slimier because that's what we are expecting of him.

Will look forward to the next film by this promising director.


16 of 16 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:
?