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The Badge (2002)

The sheriff investigates a tipped over truck full of shoes. A cute woman is found dead. Forensics reveals that she died from a .22, not a truck, and she has a dick. As election of governor, sheriff etc. is near, things are tense.

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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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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 »

Also Known As:

Behind the Badge See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,080
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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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Hands on Your Stomach
Written and Performed by Otis Taylor
Produced and Arranged by Kenny Passarelli
Published by Shoe Lace BMI
Courtesy of Northern Blues Music, Inc.
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Not BBThornton's best
28 June 2003 | by meliajanssenSee all my reviews

They should've tried to let the public view this one in the theatres but I guess it wouldn't have made much success considering Monster's Ball totally overshadowed it. There are a lot of similarities between these 2 movies, not just the fact that BBob Thornton is in both, although he was definitely much better in the former. He pulls in a fine one in this movie, as usual but I wouldn't say it's his best role yet. I don't see Patricia Arquette too often so I don't really know how good an actress she is; in this movie, she's passable. William Devane usually plays the villains but this time, he plays a crooked judge but he doesn't really quite have that evil persona that he usually has. I kind of miss that. The other supporting cast members were rather good especially the real murderer. If you're perceptive enough, you'll probably know it's him somewhere along the movie but if not, just watch to the end. The movie might test your patience and seem like it would end in predictability but just sit it out. It's not a great movie but it's a good one.


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