The Badge

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Billy Bob Thornton stars as Darl, a homophobic Louisiana sheriff assigned to investigate the murder of a local transsexual. Ever so gradually shedding his animosity toward the gay community, Darl finds himself shunned by his own friends and coworkers. But worse is still to come, as his investigation threatens to expose a far-reaching coverup by several high-ranking city and state politicians. Patricia Arquette costars as Scarlett, a stripper-prostitute who was once married to the murder victim. Originally slated for theatrical release under the title Behind the Badge, this film was reportedly shelved because of its marked resemblances to the like-vintage Billy Bob Thornton feature Monster's Ball. The Badge finally saw the light of day courtesy of the Starz! pay-cable TV service on September 7, 2002.


Critic Reviews for The Badge

All Critics (6) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (4)

  • Depois da interessante primeira hora, o roteiro se acovarda e evita se aprofundar nos polêmicos temas que vinha abordando. Além disso, os buracos na trama e os personagens unidimensionais comprometem a história.

    Oct 8, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • That Thornton transcends the material time and again is ultimately just the type of thing that shines light on the need for the material to be transcended.

    Feb 12, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Predictable though enchanting..may be anomalous, it may unusual and it may be irresolute in parts, but it's definitely a well-performed and captivating piece of film

    Jan 2, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Badge

  • Oct 13, 2007
    (2002 Director Robbie Henson) Good movie stars Billy Bob Thornton with a very interesting role played by Patricia Arquette. Role by William Defoe as the local Southern (Louisiana) corrupt Judge.
    Teresa S Super Reviewer

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