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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 and redemption.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... LT
Brian McElroy ... LT's Son (#1)
Frank Acciarito ... LT's Son (#2) (as Frankie Acciarito)
... LT's Wife
... LT's Daughter
Dana Dee ... LT's Baby Girl
... Beat Cop
... Cop #1 (as Paul Calderone)
... Cop #2 (as Leonard Thomas)
Anthony Ruggiero ... Lite
... JC
Robin Burrows ... Ariane
Victoria Bastel ... Bowtay
G. Elvis Phillips ... Young Cop
Stephen Chen ... Korean Store Owner
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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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Abel Ferrara said a scene that epitomized the movie for him, even though he never got around to filming it, was one where the Lieutenant robs an electronics store, leaves, then gets a call about a robbery at the electronics store. He responds in an official capacity (they don't recognize him), takes a statement, walks out, and throws the statement in the garbage. "And that to me is the Bad Lieutenant, you know?" Ferrara said. See more »

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Just as the lieutenant is leading the boys into the train station near the end of the film, a cab driver (obviously not a paid extra) is seen waving to the camera. See more »

Quotes

[crying to a hallucination of Jesus Christ]
The Lieutenant: I'm sorry, Lord. I've done so many bad things.
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Soundtracks

SIGNIFYING RAPPER
(uncredited)
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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deeply unpleasant movie with a star performance
19 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

'Bad Lieutenant' is not an easy film to watch. The lead character on the surface has no redeeming virtues - he's corrupt, he's sexually and morally deviant, he is really and truly on the slide. A nun's rape is supposed to awaken his conscience in some way and affect him so deeply that he almost gets to be a decent citizen, but for the bleak and empty ending.

All this would be so much hogwash if it wasn't for the stunning lead performance of Harvey Keitel, certainly taking his acting talent right to the edge to give us a nothing-held-back portrait of his character. There are several scenes of great power (and one or two which are deeply repellent); certainly this isn't a film you can easily forget when you've seen it.


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