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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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Cast

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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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The Nun
Victoria Bastel ...
Bowtay
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Jesus
Brian McElroy ...
Frankie Acciarito ...
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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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Taglines:

Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,000,022 (USA)
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Trivia

For its video release, the British Board of Film Classification insisted that 1 minute and 47 seconds of footage be excised. The cuts were largely made in the scene where Harvey Keitel takes drugs with Zoë Lund. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the scene where LT is shooting heroin with the redhead, you can see the shadow of a crew member slip into the shot in the lower-right part of the screen. See more »

Quotes

[to a hallucination of Jesus Christ]
The Lieutenant: You fuck. Where were you?
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Connections

Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1993 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BAD LIEUTENANT
Words and Music by Abel Ferrara
Performed by Paul G. Hipp & Abel Ferrara
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Nothing bad about this movie
13 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Gritty, raw, disturbing, and powerful. Just a few words that describe Abel Ferrara's provocative Bad Lieutenant. It chronicles the downward spiral of a drug addict cop investigating the rape of a nun. It contains one of the best performances ever captured on film by Harvey Keitel. Ferrara's masterpiece is a story of the evils of man and one mans quest for redemption. You'll never forget this movie.


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