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The Investigator (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Family, Sport | 13 September 2013 (USA)
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A veteran police detective becomes a criminal justice teacher and baseball coach at a local high school, leading him to the most important investigation of his life. Inspired by true events.


Curtis Graham
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Credited cast:
Brandon Larracuente ... Baseball player
Richard A. Romano ... Officer Romano
Nicole Abisinio ... Stephanie
Jeph Cangé ... Figgy
Wade Hunt Williams ... James (as Wade Williams)
Fernando Martinez ... Man on Staircase
Rebecca Galarza ... Brenda
Saad Joseph Gerges ... Detective Dubach
J. Elijah Cho ... Koogan (as Jonathan Cho)
Kibwe Dorsey Kibwe Dorsey ... Mr. Howard
Dayton Sinkia ... Derek
Robert Romano Robert Romano ... Robert
Arthur L. Braddy III ... Blake
Payton Dunham Payton Dunham ... Peter
Charlotte Wilson Langley ... Undercover police officer


Twenty year veteran investigator Sergeant James Buanacore (Wade Hunt Williams) starts the most important investigation of his life when a drug bust goes tragically bad. The death of the apparent suspect forces James out of the job he loves and into retirement. When James' wife Stephanie (Nicole Abisinio) has a miscarriage, he is devastated and begins to wonder about and question his previously strong faith. Depressed and angry, James isolates himself until his brother (David Sanborn) encourages him to take a job as a criminal justice teacher and baseball coach at a Christian high school. With his cop mentality challenging his students, James struggles through experiences with an unsupportive principal, a guidance counselor with a secret, and rebellious students. But when his best option seems to be quitting, a student challenges him to begin the investigation that will change his life, and those of his students, forever. Written by Rich Romano

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Finding the truth is all that matters.


Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some drug material and a scene of violence

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Did You Know?


Peyton Dunham, Wade William and Christopher Ratledge stayed at the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport during the filming near Sarasota/Tampa bay area, Florida. See more »

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A Diamond in the Rough
23 February 2017 | by djp-54931See all my reviews

What a surprise to find out The Investigator was written by Ray Romano's brother and based on his life! I thought his script for this story was cleverly put together. Although I'm a sports fan, I think the baseball tangent perhaps was emphasized a bit more than needed and there should have been more footage of the investigation. That concept is not new; both Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell eloquently documented their investigations on the topic of Jesus Christ. However seeing a class full of screw offs transform into keenly focused and highly motivated historical detectives was precious. The acting was solid. The sports action was fairly realistic (something you don't see much). And the cinematography didn't scream "low budget production". I thoroughly enjoyed this film and I highly recommend it.

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Release Date:

13 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Investigation See more »

Filming Locations:

Sarasota, Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,690, 15 September 2013

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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