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NC-17| 1 hr. 38 min.

Plot Summary
The Lieutenant (Harvey Keitel) is a corrupt cop steeped in gambling debt who exploits his authority to sexually harass teenage girls, embezzle money and abuse drugs. His troubles come to a head when a mob lackey delivers an ultimatum: pay off his debt, or else. His fate appears sealed. But when The Lieutenant learns that a $50,000 reward is being offered to whoever catches a pair of thugs who raped a nun (Frankie Thorn), he jumps at the opportunity, hoping that he can still redeem himself.

Cast: Harvey Keitel , Frankie Thorn , Zoë Lund , Anthony Ruggiero , Eddie Daniels , Bianca Bakija , Vickie Bastel , Robin Burrows

Director: Abel Ferrara

Genres: Crime drama

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Release Date: January 1st, 1992|1 hr. 38 min.

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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Not only more crazy than “Reservoir Dogs,'' but it also feels more real. [1 Jan 1993, Daily Notebook, p.D1] show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    It's the first film to include both a cameo appearance by Jesus and a full-frontal nude shot of Harvey Keitel dancing in a drugged stupor. [20 Nov 1992, Life, p.4D] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is not a "dirty movie," and in fact takes spirituality and morality more seriously than most films do. And in the bad lieutenant, Keitel has given us one of the great screen performances in recent years. show more

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