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Bad Lieutenant (1992)

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 overview, first billed only:
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LT
Brian McElroy ...
Frank Acciarito ...
LT's Son (#2) (as Frankie Acciarito)
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LT's Wife
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LT's Daughter
Dana Dee ...
LT's Baby Girl
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Cop #1 (as Paul Calderone)
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Cop #2 (as Leonard Thomas)
Anthony Ruggiero ...
Lite
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JC
Robin Burrows ...
Ariane
Victoria Bastel ...
Bowtay
G. Elvis Phillips ...
Young Cop
Stephen Chen ...
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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 | Thriller

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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,454, 22 November 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,000,022

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,527,895
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1.85 : 1
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Harvey Keitel was criticized in an extract from User Reviews for his extreme emotional outbursts at various points in this movie as follows: "In the scenes where Keitel is supposed to be "exploring the depths of this evil soul" and "wrestling with this man's self-hatred" (to quote some of the more overzealous reviewers), he scrunches up his face and makes a sort of howling/whining noise, akin to the noise an injured dog might make. Is this supposed to be a career defining performance? Looked more like someone who got kicked out of drama school to me." See more »

Goofs

When the Lt. stops the car with the two rapists inside, a passerby seen through the driver side window points at the car and can be heard saying "They got a camera." See more »

Quotes

The Lieutenant: Show me how you suck a guy's cock.
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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 Hipp (as Paul G. Hipp) & Abel Ferrara
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I know there is no plot however...........
9 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

All right let's get this out of the way. This is not a great picture. In fact I will bet 98 percent of the public would find it absolutely repulsive. Make that 99 percent. Hell, even I didn't understand it the first time I saw it. But what I realized the second time was brilliant method acting. And that ladies and gents is what makes this film shine. There is no solid plot, no supporting characters, and no reason to feel anything but disgust for Harvey Keitel. However, you find me another actor who could have dug as low as Keitel did or take as many chances and I will bet you that it will take more than the time to cook a frozen cardboard pizza. It is hard to view a soiled life like Keitel was leading without being on the road yourself which wouldn't be pretty. The backdrop of a baseball series and Keitel losing chunks of money made it even crazier. Again I have to say absolutely great acting. Keitel has so many good scenes that this may be a career role for him. I give him a multitude of credit for taking the chance to play a totally unlovable character. Watch this movie at your own risk and know going in that this is an outlier in the sense of normal movie making. Don't bother grabbing a flashlight or even a spotlight and trying to find a plot. There isn't one. Just sit back and watch Keitel spiral down like a squirrel who missed the branch.


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