The Badge

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

The Badge
Poster of the movie The Badge.jpg
Directed byRobby Henson
Written byRobby Henson
Produced byJohn Morrissey
StarringBilly Bob Thornton
Patricia Arquette
William Devane
CinematographyIrek Hartowicz
Edited byMichael J. Duthie
Music byDavid Bergeaud
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 was originally intended to be distributed by Propaganda Films, but the production company went bankrupt during the film's post-production.[1][2] It was later released on DVD by Lionsgate Films.[3]


La Salle Parish, Louisiana sheriff Darl Hardwick investigates the controversial local murder of a transsexual woman,[4] 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 Scarlett, the victim's widow. Hardwick heads 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.[1][3]


The Badge holds a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]


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  1. ^ a b Brennan, Patricia (2 September 2002). "'The Badge' Finds a Home With Starz". LA Times. Retrieved 15 December 2002.
  2. ^ Cox, Dan (21 November 2001). "The End of Propaganda". LA Weekly. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b Chaw, Walter (5 February 2017) [2004]. "The Badge (2002) - DVD". Film Freak Central. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  4. ^ Powrie, Phil; Davies, Ann; Babington, Bruce (2004). The Trouble with Men: Masculinities in European and Hollywood Cinema. London and New York: Wallflower Press. pp. 202–203. ISBN 978-1-904764-08-3.
  5. ^ "The Badge". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 December 2020.