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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
Rebecca Galarza ... Brenda
Fernando Martinez ... Man on Staircase
Wade Williams ... James
Kibwe Dorsey ... Mr. Howard
Jeph Cangé ... Figgy
J. Elijah Cho ... Koogan (as Jonathan Cho)
Chris Stein Chris Stein ... Crusader
Dayton Sinkia ... Derek
Winston Haynes ... Bombers Coach
Robert Romano Robert Romano ... Robert
Keith Fouche Keith Fouche ... Police Officer
Michael Rodriguez Michael Rodriguez ... Crusader outfielder #8


Twenty year veteran investigator Sergeant James Buanacore (Wade 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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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:

$250,000, 15 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 4 April 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 3 March 2017
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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uplifting family friendly film
14 September 2013 | by gatoreverSee all my reviews

my husband and two teenagers attended the st petersburg screening of this amazing film and were all so inspired and moved by the story and the incredible acting. what a blessing to finally have a movie in the theaters that im not uncomfortable viewing with my kids! having the opportunity to meet the director and the producer made the experience all the more meaningful. and although this is a 'Christian' film - the well-portrayed sports sequences make it appealing to a much wider audience than just the religious right. i would highly recommend this movie to anyone who considers themselves a Christian or for families who want true family entertainment.

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