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7 September 2002 (USA) See more »
A small town sheriff. A big city murderer.
A sheriff (Thornton) begins an investigation into the death of a local transsexual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Billy Bob Thornton ... Sheriff Darl Hardwick

Patricia Arquette ... Scarlett

William Devane ... The Judge

Sela Ward ... Carla Hardwick

Julie Hagerty ... Sister Felicia

Marcus Lyle Brown ... Deputy Jackson

Ray McKinnon ... Deputy C.B.

Tom Bower ... Bull Hardwick

Audrey Marie Anderson ... Teenage Waitress
John McConnell ... Ornell
J.C. Sealy ... Rhonda Hebert (as J.C. Seally)

Ron Flagge ... Gooch
Huey Alexander ... Cletus

Deana Carter ... Sherry
Mark Krasnoff ... Squeegee

Jerry Leggio ... Henry

Jena Malone ... Ashley Hardwick

Rick Dial ... Doc
Dalphanie Brown ... Glena
Elaine West ... Darleen

Carol Sutton ... Pharmacy Lady

Michael Arata ... Gov. Joe Breraton
David Dahlgren ... Estill Sims
Michael P. Cahill ... Lee Atwood (as Michael Cahill)

Marco St. John ... Big Six Rayburn

Don Yesso ... Cash Haden

Hill Harper ... Gizmo
Marva Moncrieffe ... Psychic

Thomas Haden Church ... David Hardwick

Michael Hitchcock ... Luna
Eben French Mastin ... Bouncer
Bradley Picklesheimer ... Tiffany (as Bradley Picklesimer)
Eric Zudak ... Frat Boy #1
Brandon Grimes ... Frat Boy #2
Njema Williams ... Gator

Sally Kemper ... Astrid (as Sally Auzine)
John Wilmot ... John Doe (as John Wilmont)

Lin Ciangio ... Strip Club Waitress

Randy Austin ... Sweatsuit Guy

Ritchie Montgomery ... Trucker
Allen Henderson ... Trooper
John Cade ... Cop
Jimmie Adams ... Band on Stage - Drums / Vocals (as The Don Rich Band)
Lynn Blanchard ... Band on Stage - Bass Guitar (as The Don Rich Band)
Don Rich ... Band on Stage - Vocals, Keyboards / Accordion (as The Don Rich Band)
Mike Steen ... Band on Stage - Trumpet / Trombone (as The Don Rich Band)
Mark Templet ... Band on Stage - Vocals / Guitar (as The Don Rich Band)
Rusty Walker ... Strip Club D.J.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clay Gann ... Bartender #2 in the strip club
Cyd Casados ... Mona (uncredited)

Chris Fry ... Sugar Cane Farmer (uncredited)
Kyle Jason Louque ... Protester (uncredited)
Ann Mills ... Churchgirl (uncredited)
Eric William Pierson ... Squirelly Boyfriend (uncredited)

Directed by
Robby Henson 
Writing credits
Robby Henson (written by)

Produced by
Alicia Allain .... co-producer
Paul Brooks .... executive producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Chris Edmonds .... associate producer
Randall Emmett .... executive producer
George Furla .... executive producer
Bruce Heller .... co-producer
Rick Hess .... executive producer
Larry Katz .... co-producer
Avi Lerner .... executive producer
Jeff Levine .... executive producer: Golden Circle Films
Trevor Macy .... executive producer
John Morrissey .... producer
Joey Nittolo .... executive producer
Brian Oliver .... executive producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Jeff Rice .... executive producer
Norm Waitt .... executive producer
M. Dal Walton III .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
David Bergeaud 
Otis Taylor (music composed and performed by)
Cinematography by
Irek Hartowicz  (as Ireneusz Hartowicz)
Film Editing by
Michael J. Duthie 
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Clark Hunter 
Art Direction by
Max Biscoe 
Set Decoration by
Frank Zito 
Costume Design by
Pamela Lee Incardona 
Makeup Department
Carol F. Doran .... wig maker (as Carol Doran)
Lynne K. Eagan .... makeup artist: Mr. Thornton (as Lynne Eagan)
Allison Gordin .... key makeup artist
Isabel Harkins .... makeup artist: Patricia Arquette
Paige Reeves .... makeup artist
Donna Spahn .... key hair stylist
Joani Yarbrough .... hair stylist: Mr. Thornton
Production Management
D. Scott Lumpkin .... production manager
David Parmenter .... post-production supervisor (as Dave Parmenter)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Jeffrey Nishimine .... first assistant director
Leonard Reynolds .... second second assistant director
J.B. Tyson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jack Blanchard .... swing gang
Paul Blanchard .... swing gang
Scot Broadus .... property master
David Erwin .... on-set dresser
Holly Goline .... assistant property master
Cindy Ingraham .... additional props
Frits Jetten .... assistant property master
Tim Jones .... assistant property master
Sidney J. Lambert .... on-set dresser (as Sid Lambert)
Daniel Lynn .... additional art director
Karen McGinnis .... art department assistant
Patrick McGuire .... lead man (as Pat McGuire)
John Paterson .... construction coordinator
Larry Spurlock .... lead scenic
Jeff Stone .... art department assistant
Chuck Stringer .... construction foreman
Sarah J. Thompson .... art department buyer (as Sarah Thompson)
Sound Department
Dave Adams .... sound utility
Matthew C. Beville .... adr mixer (as Matthew Beville)
John Boyd .... sound re-recording mixer
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Clark .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Clark .... sound supervisor
Jeff Courtie .... adr mixer
Mick Davies .... boom operator
Antoinette Faragallah .... foley artist
Skip Godwin .... sound mixer (as Skip Goodwin)
Vienna Goodwin .... boom operator
Whit Norris .... sound mixer
Nancy Nugent .... adr recordist
Stephen Parise .... sound effects editor
Scott Reed .... sound services manager
Clifford Rodwell .... assistant sound editor
Colin Rogers .... adr mixer
Colin Rogers .... adr recordist
Colin Rogers .... background sound editor
Craig Schafer .... foley mixer
Craig Schafer .... sound re-recording mixer
Allan Schultz .... dialogue editor (as Alan Schultz)
Trevor Ward .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Special Effects by
David K. Nami .... special effects (as David Nami)
Visual Effects by
Jeffery Almeida .... digital effects producer
Sarah Jackson-Seirafi .... visual effects producer
Ziad Seirafi .... CGI supervisor: titles
Dan Walker .... digial opticals
John Cade .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bates .... electrician
Paul Beard .... electrician
Andrew Bikichky .... first assistant camera
George Billinger III .... camera operator (as George Billinger)
Buddy Carr .... dolly grip
Gilly Charbonnet .... key grip
Brian Davis .... second assistant camera
David C. Edwards .... assistant camera
Chris Ekstrom .... grip
Sean Finnegan .... electrician
Lavelle Higgins .... electrician
Vic Keatley .... best boy electric (as Victor Keatly)
Ian Lench .... first assistant camera: second camera
Mike McLaughlin .... chief lighting technician
Mike 'Chewie' Pappas .... lighting technician (as Chewie Papas)
Forrest Perryman .... swing grip
Daniel Rector .... grip
Michael L. Smith .... grip (as Michael Smith)
Lynda Vincent .... camera loader
Don W. Wegner .... best boy grip (as Don Wegner)
Casting Department
Dee Cothern .... local casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dana Embree .... set costumer
Caroline Eselin .... set costumer
Heather Sladinski .... assistant costume designer
Liz Staub .... set costumer
Andrea Sweet .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Erica Mireles Folsey .... assistant editor (as Erica Acevedo)
David Jaeckin .... color timer (as Dave Jaeckin)
Erica Miralles .... assistant editor
Jack Paulson .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Gus Furla .... music supervisor
Stephen Parise .... music editor
Rick Clark .... music consultant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Butch Chaney .... transportation captain
Bruce Chittom .... transportation co-coordinator
Ricky Damazio .... transportation coordinator
Willie D. Partin .... driver
Eugene Talbot .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
John Bilich .... additional location scout
Gus Bonin .... location scout
Tom Clark .... lawyer
Carol Turley Cohen .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Billy Collins Jr. .... production accountant
Phyllis Comeaux .... assistant: Robby Henson
David Coner .... set production assistant
Jared Day .... Stand-in for Billy Bob Thornton
Sean Donnelly .... assistant to producer
Sean J. Donnelly .... production coordinator
Chris Doss .... executive in charge of finance
Patrick J. Gorman .... production consultant
Patrick J. Gorman .... production legal
Dana A. Hanby .... location manager (as Dana Hanby)
Ben Harrell .... assistant coordinator
Sanford Hatcher .... craft service
Ande Hecht-Endewardt .... post-production accountant: The Audit Trail
Josh Lewis .... office production assistant
K. Lynn Martin .... script supervisor
Michael Messina .... set production assistant
Melissa Morgan .... production assistant
Kathy Chambless Oliver .... assistant production coordinator (as Kathy Chambless)
David Albert Pierce .... production consultant
Brian Pitt .... key set production assistant
Tonia Pound .... set production assistant
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs
Terence Rosemore .... set production assistant (as Terrance Rossmore)
Barry 'Smash' Steadman .... set production assistant
Cheramie Waller .... office production assistant
M. Dal Walton III .... production executive: Emmett Furla Films
Steven Weidenbacher .... assistant location manager
Jared Day .... stand-in: Billy Bob Thornton (uncredited)
Ladd Vance .... production executive: Nittolo Entertainment (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Justice" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language and sexual content
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: On the way to New Orleans the camera is visible in the window of Darl's truck.See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
worthwhile picture, 14 October 2005
Author: dracher from Australia

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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