DirectorRobby Henson Initial DVD releaseJanuary 14, 2003 Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateSeptember 7, 2002 (2002-09-07) CastBilly Bob Thornton (Sheriff Darl), Patricia Arquette (Scarlett), Sela Ward (Carla Hardwick), William Devane (The Judge), Marcus Lyle Brown (Deputy Jackson), Ray McKinnon (Deputy C.B.) Similar moviesSummer's Blood, Love Camp, Zandalee, Walking Tall, The Last Stand, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine
A sheriff (Billy Bob Thornton) investigates a womans death and an apparent political cover-up.
The Badge is a 2002 mystery-thriller film, directed by Robby Henson and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Patricia Arquette and William Devane.
A sheriff (Thornton) begins an investigation into the death of a local transsexual 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.
La Salle Parish 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 parishs 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 victims widow (Patricia Arquette), and begins down a somewhat reckless path to an understanding of the victims world, reconciliation for past sins, and a series of dark truths within the parish itself.