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The Investigator (2013)

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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
Wade Williams ... James
Chris Stein ... Crusader
Nicole Abisinio ... Stephanie
Rebecca Galarza ... Brenda
Fernando Martinez ... Man on Staircase
Saad Joseph Gerges ... Detective Dubach
J. Elijah Cho ... Koogan (as Jonathan Cho)
Ylian Alfaro Snyder ... Police Officer
David Sanborn David Sanborn ... Paul
Kibwe Dorsey ... Mr. Howard
Robert Romano Robert Romano ... Robert
Dayton Sinkia ... Derek
Jeph Cangé ... Figgy


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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Everyone can relate to this movie
17 September 2013 | by debbieitmsSee all my reviews

If you have ever been challenged by life. If you have ever asked the questions Why me? If you have ever asked the questions;

Where am I going? or What is my place in this world? Then you will relate well to the story and the characters in this movie. This movie will inspire you and touch your heart. The humor in the movie incited laughter throughout the audience several times while watching the film. Baseball fans will especially enjoy this movie! A great movie for teens, educators, parents and anyone who is facing the struggles of life. A highly recommended film that already has positively impacted many people who have watched this film.

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