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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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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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Trivia

Director Abel Ferrara originally wanted Baybi Day, one of his leading ladies from The Driller Killer (1979), to appear in this movie, but she declined. See more »

Goofs

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

The Lieutenant: If you think you're not getting on that bus, man, you're dead wrong. Now get on that fucking bus, 'cause your life ain't worth shit in this town!
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Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #9.5 (1996) See more »

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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Don't expect a nice story, and you won't be disappointed.
28 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Nasty Film, shows the downward spiral of a dirty cop as his drug and gambling addictions take him deeper and deeper into despair. There is no compassion for this man, and indeed, he asks for none. The conclusion to the film is really the only ending that could have been believable, but still no compassion. While this film is not one to watch for entertainment value, it is a good one to watch for plot and character acting value. Don't expect a nice story, and you won't be disappointed.


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