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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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Ariane
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The Nun
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Lieutenant's Wife
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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 Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for drug use, language, violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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17 December 1992 (Argentina)  »

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Teniente corrupto  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,000,022 (USA)
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Trivia

Director Abel Ferrara originally wanted Baybi Day, one of his leading ladies from The Driller Killer (1979), to appear in this movie but she declined. See more »

Goofs

In the club, when LT is snorting drugs with the tall guy, the Lords of Acid song "Let's Get High" begins to play (at the middle of the song) right before the scene is cut. Then, in the next scene, LT is in a different part of the club and we hear the same song start playing again, but this time it starts from the very beginning. See more »

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[crying to a hallucination of Jesus Christ]
The Lieutenant: I'm sorry, Lord. I've done so many bad things.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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THE BAD LIEUTENANT
Words and Music by Abel Ferrara
Performed by Paul G. Hipp & Abel Ferrara
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Addiction, Corruption, Forgiveness and Redemption
2 June 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In New York, a corrupt and abusive NYPD Lieutenant (Harvey Keitel) is addicted in drugs and gambling and has a great debt with a shark. He takes advantage of his authority to make deals with drug dealers and criminals to get drugs and dirty money and his bookmaker advises him that he owes money to dangerous people. When a nun is brutally raped by two youngsters, the Lieutenant chases the criminals but the nun tells him that she had forgiven the punks. The Lieutenant is affected by her religious principles and asks Jesus to help him.

"Bad Lieutenant" is one of my favorite films by Abel Ferrara with a great story of addiction, corruption, forgiveness and redemption. Last time I had seen this film was on 27 September 2000 and after seeing once again, I realize that "Bad Lieutenant" is a timeless movie that has not aged. Harvey Keitel has one of the best performances of his successful career in the role of a dirty cop that finds redemption in the end. Unfortunately this film is only available on VHS in Brazil. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Vício Frenético" "Frantic Addiction")


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