Bad Lieutenant

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Released 1992

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Director:
Abel Ferrara
Released:
1992
Rating:
NC-17
Bad Lieutenant is a enthralling character study about a police officer who attempts to change his ways while investigating a very touching case. For one NewYork City police Lieutenant, (Harvey Keitel) life is spiraling out of control. His debts from gambling on baseball games has grown to an insurmountable amount. His drinking and drug use is completely out of control, often stealing to get his fix. He is crossing lines sexually, and exhibiting completely inappropriate behavior, headed downhill fast. But when a nun (Frankie Thorn) is raped, and the once upon a time devout catholic is called on to investigate the crime, the Lieutenant has an awakening of sorts and begins to try and change his ways. Already up to his neck in the wreckage he caused, only time will tell if his path of destruction will veer off or end in the worst way. Abel Ferrara directs this gripping, gritty drama that showcases Harvey Keitel as a tormented, out of control soul wanting to ultimately do the right thing.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is not a "dirty movie," and in fact takes spirituality and morality more seriously than most films do. And in the bad lieutenant, Keitel has given us one of the great screen per...

  • 90

    Variety

    Abel Ferrara's uncompromising Bad Lieutenant is a harrowing journey observing a corrupt NY cop sink into the depths, with an extraordinary and uninhibited performance by Harvey Kei...

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Ferrara has his saving graces, too, the chief one being raw talent, which he continues to display while telling even the most far-fetched story.

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