Bad Lieutenant

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Overview

If police lieutenant Harvey Keitel's life could get any more sordid, he could probably sell tickets. The least of his vices is gambling, which has gotten him in Dutch with the mob. He abuses his body with drugs and his soul with hookers, and now he's turned to exploiting teenage girls for sex. Keitel is forced to reassess his life while investigating the rape of a nun. Director Abel Ferrara co-wrote the screenplay with Zoe Lund, who as Zoe Tamerlis starred in Ferrara's cult classic Ms. 45. A soundtrack tune by ...
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Overview

If police lieutenant Harvey Keitel's life could get any more sordid, he could probably sell tickets. The least of his vices is gambling, which has gotten him in Dutch with the mob. He abuses his body with drugs and his soul with hookers, and now he's turned to exploiting teenage girls for sex. Keitel is forced to reassess his life while investigating the rape of a nun. Director Abel Ferrara co-wrote the screenplay with Zoe Lund, who as Zoe Tamerlis starred in Ferrara's cult classic Ms. 45. A soundtrack tune by rapper Schoolly D, which was included in the initial release of Bad Lieutenant, featured a sample from Led Zeppelin which was used without permission; the song has since been excised from the soundtrack.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Abel Ferrara and Director of Photography Ken Kelsch; Retrospective Documentary Featuring Exclusive Interviews with the Cast and Crew; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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Bad Lieutenant is like a diseased '90s version of Mean Streets: same lead (Harvey Keitel), same city in turmoil (New York), same striking visual energy, same Catholic guilt. Of course, Abel Ferrara's movies have never had the same sense of humanity as Martin Scorsese's, and Bad Lieutenant is the ultimate extension of that comparison. The "bad" lieutenant is so lost in excess of every kind that he has become basically an anti-human. Ferrara has made a strange career of examining such bottom-feeders; his filmography includes such classic exploitation titles as Driller Killer, Ms. 45, and King of New York. What elevates Bad Lieutenant above the others is Keitel and his shockingly open, courageous -- some would say foolhardy -- performance. In 1992, Keitel was making quite a diverse career statement, starring in this movie, Reservoir Dogs, and...Sister Act. Ferrara's ability to build the tension surrounding the lieutenant is impressive, but none of it makes for pleasant viewing. It's a lurid, over-the-top cult film masquerading as an arthouse movie, and it's hard to imagine a motion picture that could polarize reactions more. At times, that reaction seems to be exactly Ferrara's idea. Bad Lieutenant has been issued in two versions -- one rated NC-17, and one rated R.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • UPC: 012236111146
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 30,154

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harvey Keitel Lieutenant
Frankie Thorn Nun
Zoe Tamerlis Zoe
Anthony Ruggiero Lite
Victoria Bastel Bowtay
Eddie Daniels Jersey Girl
Bianca Bakiia Jersey girl (passenger)
Robin Burrows Ariane
Victor Argo Bet Cop
Paul Hipp Jesus
Paul Calderon Cop One
Leonard Thomas Cop Two
Bo Dietl Detective Bo
Vincent Laresca JC
Minnie Gentry Elderly Woman
Iraida Polanco Momacita
Frank Adonis Large
Frank Acciarto Lt.'s Son Number 2
Penelope Allen Doctor
Gene Canfield Irish Cop
Stephen Chen Korean Store Owner
John Clohessy Radio Announcer
Nicholas de Cegli Limelight Guide
Peggy Gormley Lt.'s Wife
Stella Keitel Lt.'s Daughter
Ed Kovens Monsignor
Brian McElroy Lt.'s Son
Bob Murphy Play by Play Announcer
Jaime Sanchez Priest
Technical Credits
Abel Ferrara Director, Screenwriter
Stephanie Carroll Set Decoration/Design
Joe Delia Score Composer
Mary Kane Producer
Ken Kelsch Cinematographer
Charles Lagola Production Designer
Zoë Lund Screenwriter
Diana Phillips Production Designer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Anthony Redman Editor
Randall Sabusawa Co-producer
David Sawaryn Costumes/Costume Designer
Zoe Tamerlis Screenwriter
Patrick Wachsberger Executive Producer
Ronna Wallace Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    A fantastic film about loss, sin, nothingness, and redemption. U

    A fantastic film about loss, sin, nothingness, and redemption. Unflinching, yes, but all the more profound therefore.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant: Must have a stomach for extreme bad behavior by an officer of the law.

    This movie is all Harvey - all the way, every scene. A great acting job and it took a lot of nerve to totally disrobe in front of the cameras for such a long scene. You could just see the downward spiral of this lieutenant, thinking he was above it all.
    Two things that did not make much sense to me were: where were his supervisors, and why didn't his family intervene at some point? He did not seem to be accountable to anyone at any time, even when there were a few scenes where he was part of an investigative team.
    Maybe the producers of the movie just wanted to showcase Harvey's skills as an actor in a movie with very little plot. You knew he would not last on the streets with that behavior for long, so maybe in the end it was an attempt at suicide, to make it not look like a suicide.

    Great performance, just not my kind of movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Need Help

    Look, I saw this movie many years ago and loved it. I finally bought the VHS movie the other day (rated R) but many of the original scenes were deleted to my disappointment. Are there any still available which are uncut? Please help!

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