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The Badge (2002)

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 ... See full summary »

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Sheriff Darl Hardwick
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The Judge
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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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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 »

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When Darl is talking with Carla outside her house, the door of Carla's car changes from opened to closed several times. See more »

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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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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 »

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14 October 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Anyone who contributes to the blab that Mr Thornton's characterisation of Darl was too close to his equally excellent characterisation of Hank in Monster Ball is not really contributing, or thinking very deeply. I have said as much before and I will say again here; Mr Thornton is the very best character actor in the US today and one of the best in the world.

It is no surprise to find a great actor tackling scripts that are well out of the main stream, this shows a thinking caring actor who is prepared to take risks and give more credibility to the work than to the star spin offs.

This movie is not a great one, but it is a very worthwhile experience that is, at least, thought provoking and contains some very fine acting from most of it's cast. The only real problem was the writer/director combination. This is not to say that the writing or the direction was bad, on the contrary, the direction particularly was very sound and the writing was fine though a little too "formular" in its shape. It's nearly always a mistake to direct ones own work, like reading ones own poetry, it becomes very hard to let a line go in an instant, when one is aware of how long it took to birth it. The Badge is fine and has some real strengths, its weakness lies in the denouement where there is the sense of a rather obvious ball being suddenly rushed to the goal post before time runs out for the some what staged final scene.

This work is worth the effort on many fronts, B.B.Thornton is excellent and that woman! what a sterling performance she gives in a very difficult role and against all kinds of odds. If you have not seen this movie and are thinking about it, then do it and do it now!


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