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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
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The first time Harvey Keitel read the script, he threw it after 15 pages, arguing it was 'a piece of junk'. When he started reading it again, he arrived to the whole nun part, and was so captivated by her story that he understood the movie would be a unique experience. See more »
During the conversation with the Jersey Girls when the Lieutenant asks the Jersey Girl driver to simulate a sex act, she briefly looks directly into the camera with a slight laugh. See more »
[after giving the Lieutenant drugs]
Shit's gonna kill you, man!
What the fuck are you? A drug counsellor... or a drug dealer? If you don't deal your own product, what kind of businessman are you?
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'Bad Lieutenant' is not an easy film to watch. The lead character on the surface has no redeeming virtues - he's corrupt, he's sexually and morally deviant, he is really and truly on the slide. A nun's rape is supposed to awaken his conscience in some way and affect him so deeply that he almost gets to be a decent citizen, but for the bleak and empty ending.
All this would be so much hogwash if it wasn't for the stunning lead performance of Harvey Keitel, certainly taking his acting talent right to the edge to give us a nothing-held-back portrait of his character. There are several scenes of great power (and one or two which are deeply repellent); certainly this isn't a film you can easily forget when you've seen it.
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