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Bad Lieutenant (1992)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  November 1992 (Brazil)
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While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.

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Cast

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Beat Cop
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Cop #1 (as Paul Calderone)
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Cop #2 (as Leonard Thomas)
Robin Burrows ...
Ariane
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Victoria Bastel ...
Bowtay
Paul Hipp ...
Jesus
Brian McElroy ...
Frankie Acciarito ...
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Lieutenant's Wife
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Lieutenant's Daughter
Dana Dee ...
Lieutenant's Baby Girl
Anthony Ruggiero ...
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J.C.
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Storyline

A police Lieutenant goes about his daily tasks of investigating homicides, but is more interested in pursuing his vices. He has accumulated a massive debt betting on baseball, and he keeps doubling to try to recover. His bookies are beginning to get agitated. The Lieutenant does copious amounts of drugs, cavorts with prostitutes, and uses his status to take advantage of teenage girls. While investigating a nun's rape, he begins to reflect on his lifestyle. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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drugs | lieutenant | nun | gambling | police | See more »

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Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for sexual violence, strong sexual situations & dialogue, graphic drug use | See all certifications »

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November 1992 (Brazil)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,000,022 (USA)
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Trivia

For its video release, the British Board of Film Classification insisted that 1 minute and 47 seconds of footage be excised. The cuts were largely made in the scene where Harvey Keitel takes drugs with Zoe Lund. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Large tells LT is told to meet in front of MSG at the corner of 33rd and 8th. During the last shot where he gets shot, he is indeed in front of MSG, which is at 32nd and 7th, not 33rd and 8th. See more »

Quotes

Beat Cop: I told you once before that this guy will come by your house and blow up your house up with your wife and kids and everybody in it. You know that, right?
The Lieutenant: Good, good. I'll give him an extra ten grand for his trouble. I hate that fucking house.
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Soundtracks

LET'S GET HIGH
Written by Adams / Van Lierop / Praga Khan (as Somora)
(P) 1991 Be's Songs
Performed by Lords of Acid
Used by permission of Antler / Subway Records & Caroline Records
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Nothing bad about this movie
13 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Gritty, raw, disturbing, and powerful. Just a few words that describe Abel Ferrara's provocative Bad Lieutenant. It chronicles the downward spiral of a drug addict cop investigating the rape of a nun. It contains one of the best performances ever captured on film by Harvey Keitel. Ferrara's masterpiece is a story of the evils of man and one mans quest for redemption. You'll never forget this movie.


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