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The Badge (2002)

A sheriff (Thornton) begins an investigation into the death of a local trans individual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his ... See full summary »

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Robby Henson

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Robby Henson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 J.C. Sealy ... Rhonda Hebert (as J.C. Seally)
Ron Flagge Ron Flagge ... Gooch
Huey Alexander Huey Alexander ... Cletus
Deana Carter ... Sherry
Mark Krasnoff Mark Krasnoff ... Squeegee
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A sheriff (Thornton) begins an investigation into the death of a local trans individual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his investigation causes him to be rejected by others, forcing him to seek help from the people he once despised. Written by Jason Smith and Clavain

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A small town sheriff... A big city murder See more »


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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For what it's worth, Mona's dead body on the morgue table is a woman's, not a man's. The crests of the iliac, the hip bone, are pronounced, as they are in a woman's pelvic girdle. What this means is that the body was born female and couldn't have been a genotypic male with added breasts, which is the explanation offered by the M.E. See more »

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Near the beginning, when the body is being examined, it breathes just before being covered up. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Darl Hardwick: I'm beginnin' to think I liked you a lot better when you used to smoke all that reefer and we'd fuck in your Pinto.
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In the German end credits, Julie Hagerty's name is spelled "Julie Haggerty". See more »

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Lonesome Road
Performed by Junior Kimbrough
Remix by Grassy Knoll
Published by Big Legal Mess Publishing BMI
Administered by Wixen Music Publishing
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records and Sixty One Sixty Eight.com
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Sleazy Sleuthing--Cajun Style
2 June 2003 | by EdExtractSee all my reviews

This film is a solid bit of detective fiction with a Cajun noir flavor to it. Lots of shady characters trying to manipulate folks in order to keep sleazy secrets hidden get in the way of a sometimes earnest but morally mixed-up Louisiana sheriff.

If you like Raymond Chandler's stories, this should prove pleasing. Yes, the film is paced slowly, but as the sheriff in hot water finally realizes the only way to regain his honor (and perhaps his job) is by solving the case, the action picks up. Billy Bob Thornton gives another perfect performance, and Patricia Arquette is stronger than ever. Very nice directorial touches balance storytelling and artistry very well.

A good evening's entertainment.


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