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Bad Lieutenant (1992)

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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)
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Ariane
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The Nun
Victoria Bastel ...
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Jesus
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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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Taglines:

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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Release Date:

17 December 1992 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Teniente corrupto  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,000,022 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Martin Scorsese has called this one of his ten favorite films of the nineties. See more »

Goofs

When the Lieutenant stops the Jersey girls he is talking to them through the open driver's side window. When the camera angle changes it is clear the window is rolled up. See more »

Quotes

The Lieutenant: You raped a holy thing. You destroyed that young girl. And she forgives you. Ya hear that? She forgives you. You fucking heroes. Ya like holding her down and shoving your dick into her? While she couldn't do nothing about it. Did you like that? Watch this motherfucker! Watch this you cocksucker! Look at that! You can't do a thing about that can you? Can you? Look at me! Can you? Can you fuckface? Can you? There, move. Move you cockscker. Move. I'd like to blow your fucking face apart.
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Connections

Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BAD LIEUTENANT
Words and Music by Abel Ferrara
Performed by Paul G. Hipp & Abel Ferrara
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Don't expect a nice story, and you won't be disappointed.
28 February 1999 | by (Morrisville, PA) – See all my reviews

Nasty Film, shows the downward spiral of a dirty cop as his drug and gambling addictions take him deeper and deeper into despair. There is no compassion for this man, and indeed, he asks for none. The conclusion to the film is really the only ending that could have been believable, but still no compassion. While this film is not one to watch for entertainment value, it is a good one to watch for plot and character acting value. Don't expect a nice story, and you won't be disappointed.


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