The Badge (2002)




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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.
R (for language and sexual content.)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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LionsGate Entertainment


Billy Bob Thornton
as Sheriff Darl Hardwick
Sela Ward
as Carla
Ray McKinnon
as Deputy C.B.
Tom Bower
as Bull Hardwick
Julie Hagerty
as Sister Felicia
Deana Carter
as Sherry
Jena Malone
as Ashley
Hill Harper
as Gizmo
Marco St. John
as Big Six Rayburn
Michael Arata
as Governor
David Dahlgren
as Estill Sims
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Dep. Jackson
Audrey Marie Anderson
as Teenage Waitress
J.C. Seally
as Rhonda
Ron Flagg
as Coach
Marle Krasnoff
as Squeegee
Elaine West
as Darleen
Carol Sutton
as Pharmacy Lady
Michael Cahill
as Leo Atwood
Don Vesco
as Cash Haden
Eric Zudak
as Frat Boy #1
Brandon Grimes
as Frat Boy #2
Sally Auzine
as Astrid
John Wilmont
as John Doe
Lin Giangio
as Strip Club Waitress
Randy Austin
as Sweatsuit Guy
Rusty Walker
as Strip Club DJ
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Critic Reviews for The Badge

All Critics (6)

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.

October 7, 2003
Cinema em Cena

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.

Full Review… | February 11, 2003
Film Freak Central

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

January 2, 2003

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October 7, 2005

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Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Cinema Signals

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February 11, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Badge


the badge is a somewhat thrilling and somewhat entertaining murder mystery film that has a horrible and pointless ending once they find out who the killer is. billy bob thornton and patricia arqutte give good performances but its not enough to save how dull the dialogue is and how dull the entire storyline and outcome is. this film had promise and potential, but it never delivers any good laughs and its very prejudice towards homosexuals.

Adrian Fylonenko
Adrian Fylonenko

Mildly entertaining whodunit flick. Best thing about this movie was seeing the sexy Patricia Arquette in a t-back.

Steve Oh
Steve Oh

[url=""][img][/img][/url] Patricia Arquette has always been a favorite of mine. I guess True Romance was what hooked me on to her. Billy Bob Thornton is always a lot of fun to watch. The film is not a great piece of work, but it does do its job entertaining and keeping you engaged. I had a good time.

M Sarki
M Sarki

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