The Badge

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The Badge
Poster of the movie The Badge.jpg
Directed byRobby Henson
Produced byJohn Morrissey
Written byRobby Henson
StarringBilly Bob Thornton
Patricia Arquette
William Devane
Music byDavid Bergeaud
CinematographyIrek Hartowicz
Edited byMichael J. Duthie
Emmett/Furla Films
Millennium Films
Nu Image Films
Propaganda Films
The Turman-Morrissey Company
Distributed byMillennium Films
Gold Circle Films
Starz! Network
Lions Gate Films
Release date
  • September 7, 2002 (2002-09-07)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Badge is a 2002 mystery-thriller film directed by Robby Henson and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Patricia Arquette and William Devane.


La Salle Parish, Louisiana sheriff Darl Hardwick (Billy Bob Thornton) investigates the controversial local murder of a transsexual, with the highly sensitive matter being concealed as much as possible by the parish's most influential figures, such figures even going so far as to frame Hardwick for statutory rape involving a local waitress. With his career as sheriff at an end, Hardwick takes a personal stake in the investigation after becoming acquainted with the victim's widow (Patricia Arquette), and begins down a somewhat reckless path to an understanding of the victim's world, reconciliation for past sins, and a series of dark truths within the parish itself.


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