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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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Scarlett
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The Judge
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Sister Felicia
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Deputy Jackson
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Deputy C.B.
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Bull Hardwick
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Ornell
J.C. Sealy ...
Rhonda Hebert (as J.C. Seally)
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Cletus
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Sherry
Mark Krasnoff ...
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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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A small town sheriff. A big city murderer. See more »


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

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7 September 2002 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$92,471 (Spain) (7 November 2003)
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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 »

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

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Do The Romp
Performed by Junior Kimbrough
Remix by Chris Young
Published by Big Legal Mess Publishing BMI
Administered by Wixen Music Publishing BMI
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
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Sleazy Sleuthing--Cajun Style
2 June 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is a solid bit of detective fiction with a Cajun noir flavor to it. Lots of shady characters trying to manipulate folks in order to keep sleazy secrets hidden get in the way of a sometimes earnest but morally mixed-up Louisiana sheriff.

If you like Raymond Chandler's stories, this should prove pleasing. Yes, the film is paced slowly, but as the sheriff in hot water finally realizes the only way to regain his honor (and perhaps his job) is by solving the case, the action picks up. Billy Bob Thornton gives another perfect performance, and Patricia Arquette is stronger than ever. Very nice directorial touches balance storytelling and artistry very well.

A good evening's entertainment.


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