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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
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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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

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Barbarian Stomp
Written by O. Lindgreen
Performed by Leroy Jones
Published by Red Hot Music BMI
Courtesy of Louisiana Red Hot Records
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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.


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