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Release Date: November 20th, 1992

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 1998

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 Hunter, Vickie Bastel, Robin Burrows

Director: Abel Ferrara

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Bad Lt. Productions

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It is boldly NC-17, but unlike most exploitation cinema, Ferrara can’t seem to help himself from making the film a personal, frightened psychic diary, a pitiful shriek for help, and a powerful statement about how even the damned can achieve a moment of fleeting grace. show more

  • 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

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

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