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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
Fernando Martinez ... Man on Staircase
Kibwe Dorsey Kibwe Dorsey ... Mr. Howard
Chris Stein ... Crusader
Wade Williams ... James
Saad Joseph Gerges ... Detective Dubach
J. Elijah Cho ... Koogan (as Jonathan Cho)
Rebecca Galarza ... Brenda
Dayton Sinkia ... Derek
David Sanborn David Sanborn ... Paul
Jeph Cangé ... Figgy
Kevin White ... Carl Genaro
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:

$93,690, 15 September 2013, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 4 April 2018
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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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Excellent Christian-based film
26 September 2014 | by jakehSee all my reviews

I throughly enjoyed this film and it makes a good companion to "God Is Dead," (also an excellent faith-based movie in this genre-type). The acting is well done as is the writing. The storyline is believable (it is from a true story) and flows smoothly while raising and answering questions about Christianity and Jesus Christ. In addition, "The Investigator" shows how a life change can work to the good in ones life if one only has faith. If you enjoyed "God Is Dead," then you most certainly will like this film. It's good to see more Christian-themed films entering the market. God knows we need them, especially at this time of world trials and tribulations. Linda's review, above, is excellent and I can't improve on her review with mine, but it's my two cents worth...

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