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Bad Lieutenant -- A disturbing character study of a corrupt N.Y.C. cop's slide into insanity
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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Zoë Lund (written by) &
Abel Ferrara (written by)
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Release Date:
17 December 1992 (Argentina) See more »
Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.
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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  (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)
Location Management
Andy Clark .... assistant location manager (as Andrew Clark)
Tony Kono .... location manager
Jonathan H. Shaw .... location assistant
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
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
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
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 NC-17 for sexual violence, strong sexual situations & dialogue, graphic drug use
96 min | 91 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (cut) | Chile:18 | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1994) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1993) | France:16 | Germany:16 | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 (IFCO) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | USA:NC-17 (certificate #31693) | USA:R (certificate #31982) (cut)

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: During the conversation with the Jersey Girls when the Lieutenant asks the Jersey Girl driver to simulate a sex act, she briefly looks directly into the camera with a slight laugh.See more »
[crying to a hallucination of Jesus Christ]
The Lieutenant:I'm sorry, Lord. I've done so many bad things.
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What are the differences between the R-rated version and the NC-17 version?
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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Good movie, 9 May 2001
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

What more can I say? Keitel gives an astounding performance. Then again, when has he let us down? I was able to find some interesting parallels to "Mean Streets." Aside from the use of "Pledging my Love" by Johnny Ace, it explores the theme of Catholic guilt and how one's temptation and hunger for evil can weaken spiritual judgments. The climactic scene is great, in which Keitel (literally) comes face to face with Jesus. I wasn't a big fan of "Mean Streets" and think this film better explores its Catholic themes. One may perceive this film to be sinful, and it received tons of controversy. It's very rare that a movie is able to show rape of a nun, and get away Scott-free with the MPAA. I think the NC-17 rating was mostly on account of the explicit nudity and sex. I don't know why the hell people are trying to scare viewers by regarding this movie as "graphically violent." About all we really see are aftermaths of violence. However, the language is extremely blunt, and that's about the only warning I can give. Of course, religious activists might protest its use of footage of Jesus on a cross and the aforementioned rape scene, but they simply have to look closer at what message Ferrara is trying to bring out. Cinema is an art form often misjudged by the prudish. The scene where Keitel pulls the two young girls over is classic, and I loved its darkly humorous element.

"Bad Lieutenant" is an impressive character study, and though it occasionally gets meandering and repetitive and seems to be missing something (which I might be able to identify on a second viewing), it's a moving story with terrific acting. I wasn't too thrilled with the other Ferrara pieces I've seen, "King of New York" and "The Funeral," but I was younger and I think I just had trouble understanding the subtle messages he delivers in his films. Of course, he specializes in gritty urban dramas like this, being a Bronx native what do you expect, so something like "Bad Lieutenant" naturally wouldn't appeal to general audiences. It's unpleasant, though somewhat humorous, but life can be the same way. You can't spend your whole life watching "The Wizard of Oz." Every once in a while, you have to take a break and watch graphic character studies like this and learn a little something. After seeing this movie, I'm curious about checking out some more of Ferrara's work, because I know he has talent.

I can tell this a movie I will have to watch again, because it's not easily understood the first time around, but I'm sure there's hidden messages that just flew over my head. I still think the film could've had more substance, but it's still an impressive work.

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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