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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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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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According to Zoë Lund, "There was a lot of re-writing done on the set. Two other characters were cut, and my character modulated and took on more and more. A lot of things had to be changed and improvised. The vampire speech, which is crucial to the Lieutenant, was written two minutes before it was shot. I memorized it, and did it in one take. The speech is important, because she is acute in knowing the journey the Lieutenant makes. She shoots him up, sends him off, knowing of his passion, she lets him go." See more »

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When Daryl Strawberry hits home run, we see the scoreboard. The score clearly does not match what the announcer then says it is. See more »

Quotes

Beat Cop: I told you once before that this guy will come by your house and blow up your house up with your wife and kids and everybody in it. You know that, right?
The Lieutenant: Good, good. I'll give him an extra ten grand for his trouble. I hate that fucking house.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1993 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

PLEDGING MY LOVE
Written by Don D. Robey (as Robey) / Fats Washington (as Washington)
(P) 1954 Music Corporation of America, Inc.
Performed by Johnny Ace
Used by permission of MCA Records, Inc.
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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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