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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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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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Victoria Bastel ...
Bowtay
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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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Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.

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

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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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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 25 Most Dangerous Movies". See more »

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When the Lieutenant goes out at night he wears a suit with a red shirt, this can be seen when he is chatting with the girls outside of their car. However, when he enters the church his red dress shirt changes to a red button sweater. See more »

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[to a hallucination of Jesus Christ]
The Lieutenant: You fuck. Where were you?
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SIGNIFYING RAPPER
Written by Schooly-D (as Jesse Bonds Weaver, Jr.)
Performed by Schooly-D (as Schoolly D)
Courtesy of Jive Records / Zomba
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CAN IT BE THAT BAD? YES!!!
12 April 2000 | by (HOUSTON, TEXAS) – See all my reviews

This movie is for the serious Keitel fan, and no one else, unless that is... you are into seeing the perverse and low life scum-bags of this earth at their very worst. If not, please do not waste your time! Watching this senseless man in this senseless film will leave you with a terrible pit in your stomach for days. The filth which it displays for the human capacity is the utterly unfathomable, almost sacrilegious! I am not the squeamish type but I for one, was left with a negative morose feeling for about 3 days following the film. This depicts a cop that has no respect for himself, his wife, his children or anyone else for that matter. This is what the criminally insane are made of! Beware! Oh, and Harvey....I knew you were strange, but why in the world did you do this film??


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