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Bad Lieutenant -- 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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17 December 1992 (Argentina) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Intense, subtle, and in some ways unique- Bad Lieutenant is the sleeper of 1992 See more (173 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harvey Keitel ... The Lieutenant

Victor Argo ... Beat Cop

Paul Calderon ... Cop #1 (as Paul Calderone)

Leonard L. Thomas ... Cop #2 (as Leonard Thomas)
Robin Burrows ... Ariane

Frankie Thorn ... The Nun
Victoria Bastel ... Bowtay

Paul Hipp ... Jesus
Brian McElroy ... Lieutenant's Son (#1)
Frankie Acciarito ... Lieutenant's Son (#2)

Peggy Gormley ... Lieutenant's Wife

Stella Keitel ... Lieutenant's Daughter
Dana Dee ... Lieutenant's Baby Girl
Anthony Ruggiero ... Lite

Vincent Laresca ... J.C.
G. Elvis Phillips ... Young Cop
Stephen Chen ... Korean Store Owner
Shawn McClean ... Korean Store Hood #1
John Steven Jones ... Korean store hood #2
Fernando Véléz ... Julio
Joseph Micheal Cruz ... Paulo
Frank Adonis ... Large
Lambert Moss ... Veronica
Nicholas De Cegli ... Limelight Guide
Larry Mullane ... Detective Larry
Michael A. Fella ... Detective Mike
Michael N. Ciravolo ... Detective Michael

Zoë Lund ... Zoe

Bo Dietl ... Detective Bo

Gene Canfield ... Detective Gene
Heather Bracken ... Nurse

Penelope Allen ... Doctor (as Penny Allen)

Eddie Daniels ... Jersey Girl - passenger
Bianca Hunter ... Jersey Girl - driver (as Bianca Bakija)
Ed Kovens ... Monsignor
Jaime Sánchez ... Priest
Minnie Gentry ... Elderly Woman
Iraida Polanco ... Mamacita
Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo ... Radio Announcer #1 (voice)
John Clohessy ... Radio Announcer #2 (voice) (as John Cloghessy)
Bruce Murray ... Radio Announcer #3 (voice)
Bob Murphy ... Play-by-play announcer (voice)
Warner Fusselle ... Play-by-play announcer (voice)
Phil Neilson ... Left Turn (as Phil Nielson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Macdonald ... Man in crowd (uncredited)

Darryl Strawberry ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Abel Ferrara 
Writing credits
Zoë Lund (written by) (as Zoe Lund) &
Abel Ferrara (written by)

Produced by
Mary Kane .... producer
Diana Phillips .... line producer
Edward R. Pressman .... producer
Randy Sabusawa .... co-producer (as Randall Sabusawa)
Patrick Wachsberger .... executive producer
Ronna B. Wallace .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia 
Cinematography by
Ken Kelsch (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony Redman 
Production Design by
Charles M. Lagola  (as Charles Lagola)
Set Decoration by
Stephanie Carroll 
Costume Design by
David Sawaryn 
Makeup Department
Cydney Cornell .... department head hair stylist
Joe Cuervo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Albert Coleman .... post-production supervisor
Denis Hann .... unit manager
Peter Pastorelli .... production supervisor
Diane Phillips .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noga Isackson .... second assistant director
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... first assistant director
Art Department
Betsy Alton .... art department assistant (as Elizabeth P. Alton)
Annie Ballard .... prop shopper
Damian J. Costa .... lead man
Robert Covelman .... set dresser
Erik Ferrar .... art department production assistant
Matt Galvin .... art department production assistant
Chris Jordan .... assistant props
Diane Lederman .... additional dresser
Michael Saccio .... property master
Rachel Talbot .... art department production assistant
David Weller .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Barosky .... production sound mixer
Geoffrey Bradley .... assistant sound editor
Joe Campana .... assistant sound editor
John Cattigan .... assistant sound editor
Michael P. Cook .... sound editor
Casey J. Crabtree .... foley artist
Denis Dutton .... sound editor
Bill Fox .... assistant sound editor
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (as Albert Gomez)
James Koford .... sound editor
Rachel Lederman .... sound mixer
Yehuda Maayan .... boom operator
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Tom Ruff .... sound re-recording mixer
Allan Schultz .... sound editor
Charles C. Simmons .... foley editor (as Chuck Simmons)
Bess Steele .... foley artist
Randall K. Tomlin .... sound editor
Clancy T. Troutman .... sound editor
James G. Williams .... sound re-recording mixer
David Abrahamsen .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
J.C. Brotherhood .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Glenn Arnold .... grip truck helper
Donald Bialer .... best boy grip
Rick Bruck .... crane technician: "Bertha" crane
Jim Denault .... electrician
Andrea Dorman .... second assistant camera
Robert Kummert .... key grip
Dennis A. Livesey .... first assistant camera
John Paul McIntyre .... grip
Charlie McNamara .... gaffer
John Milcetic .... best boy electric
Adrian Misol .... camera intern
Linda Phillips .... electric truck helper
John Pirozzi .... dolly grip
Steve Sands .... still photographer
Eric Schmidt .... electrician
Tom Zafian .... video playback operator
Laura Zito .... still photographer
Casting Department
Rebecca C. Crespi .... casting assistant
Laura Gillis .... extras casting
Kimba Hills .... casting: Los Angeles
Meredith Jacobson .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita Ellis .... wardrobe supervisor
Melinda Eshelman .... assistant costume designer (as M.A. Eshelman)
Winsome G. McKoy .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Albert Coleman .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Antonio Costa .... assistant editor: New York
Mayin Lo .... assistant editor: New York
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Maria Montoreano .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Ray Morfino .... color timer
Craig Nisker .... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Eric Alan Donaldson .... post-production runner (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William Curtin .... driver
Harry J. Leavey .... driver captain
Vincent Russo Jr. .... driver
Barry Stanton .... driver
Other crew
Jennifer Anderson .... set production assistant
Roni Ben-Nevat .... key set production assistant
Hilary Birmingham .... production intern
Joshua Blum .... baseball advisor (as Josh Blum)
David Burris .... production assistant (as Dave Bunis)
Cyrus Claffy .... craft service
Andy Clark .... assistant location manager (as Andrew Clark)
Jenn 'Waiff' Cobb .... office production assistant
Wendy Damon .... production assistant
Lori Gottlieb .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Grace Griffith .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Bruce Hofert .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Diana Hrabowecki .... production business liaison
Matthew Huffman .... production intern
Karen Kelsall .... script supervisor
Tony Kono .... location manager
Mary Beth Mann .... assistant production coordinator
John Paul McIntyre .... creative consultant
Peter Millerman .... production assistant
Christopher Otto .... assistant: Edward R. Pressman
Marcello Picone .... production intern
Daniel Posener .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Michael Radiloff .... assistant: Edward R. Pressman
Jennifer Roth .... production coordinator
Jonathan H. Shaw .... location assistant
Susan Sloan .... set nurse
Mark Taylor .... assistant production accountant
Michael Tracey .... set production assistant
Tony Trimarco .... production accountant
Max Velez .... production intern
Fred Welsh .... production intern (as Fred Walsh)
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Harvey Keitel (uncredited)
Jon Sperry .... dialect coach (uncredited)

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Rated R for drug use, language, violence and nudity (cut)
96 min | 91 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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This film was shot in 18 days.See more »
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45 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Intense, subtle, and in some ways unique- Bad Lieutenant is the sleeper of 1992, 23 November 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Abel Ferrara has on his hands a small masterwork of one man's existence in the doldrums, and he has such a way of dealing with "the streets" as a perpetually gritty, hellish world in a movie that I didn't disbelieve it for a second. In a sense he can be compared to the likes of Scorsese, however he certainly works in a different frame of honesty in mind in depicting his lead character and those he encounters.

At the core of this extremely well made, unconventional film is the best performance Harvey Keitel delivered in the nineties, a bravado piece of work in which he bares all of the qualities that can make up the badness in the lieutenant. The Lieutenant spends little time with his kids, and when he does is hardly happy, and when he leaves them he goes into the underworld to do coke, crack and heroin, gulps down alcohol like Evian, and tries to cling onto whatever dignity he has left in betting on the Mets in the championship series.

When a startling case occurs - a nun is raped by two street kids - the lieutenant is on the scene, however fogged in his muck, and can't understand how somebody, even a nun, can forgive such a crime. This leads into the third act of the film, and this is where the work propels itself into a higher ground, mature, spiritual, and ultimately fascinating in every aspect. Overall, Bad Lieutenant is a lean, un-abashed first-person singular in a rather sophisticated delivery. We are delivered a character, like Alex in Clockwork Orange for example, who is not even a half-way decent person.

But just by the way Ferrara and Keitel bring us into his world, and the details of his existence, a viewer can start to understand that the film works on other levels besides those of a conventional "all around bad-cop" story.

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