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Bad Lieutenant (1992)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  17 December 1992 (Argentina)
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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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Beat Cop
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Ariane
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The Nun
Victoria Bastel ...
Bowtay
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Lieutenant's Wife
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Lieutenant's Daughter
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Lieutenant's Baby Girl
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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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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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Much of the shooting for this film was done handheld, in unauthorized shooting locations to be finished speedily and cheaply. See more »

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At the end when the Lieutenant enters the bus terminal he leaves his car behind the street sign, however when he returns the car has moved forward. See more »

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The Lieutenant: Leave it to the Catholic Church. Girls get raped every day, and now we're putting up 50 Gs just 'cause these girls wear fuckin' penguin suits.
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WE DID IT BEFORE, WE'LL DO IT AGAIN
Written by Cliff Friend (as C. Friend) and Charles Tobias
Published by Warner Bros. Inc & Tobias
Performed by Peter Yellen & Greg Hollister
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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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