Bad Lieutenant (1992)
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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
Nov 20, 1992 Wide
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Members of the gutter-al elite will be the sole survivors.
Bad Lieutenant is finally a pulp parable of sin, addiction, and redemption, a movie that, like its subversive hero, revels in the pleasure -- and danger -- of going too far.
Abel Ferrara's uncompromising Bad Lieutenant is a harrowing journey with a corrupt N.Y. cop sinking into the lower depths.
There's an undeniable formal elegance in the way Ferrara, who coauthored the script with Zoe Lund, frames and holds certain shots, and Keitel certainly gives his all.
Ferrara allows his star to dictate the pace, and is rewarded with a performance of extraordinary, terrifying honesty.
When Abel Ferrara calls something bad, better believe it: he means business.
As a memorable, manic journey into an individual's deepest heart of darkness, Bad Lieutenant is intriguing
The combination of Keitel, New York City, and the Catholic Church reminds of Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets. Yet Bad Lieutenant is much more disturbing and in your face, and successfully portrays the destruction of the soul.
One of the landmark independent films of the 1990s is given a first-rate, informative, and cleaned-up DVD. The film is a masterpiece, but not for the faint of heart.
Keitel's performance is perhaps the needed counterpoint to Christopher Walken's ice-cold overlord in Ferrara's visionary crime opus King of New York
Keitel is onscreen for pretty much the entire movie and clearly relishes the opportunity of playing someone not so much teetering on the abyss as leaping off with a grand piano manacled to each ankle.
Quite possibly Ferrara's finest hour, with an almost unbearably sincere performance from Keitel.
Though hardly a film for all sensibilities, Bad Lieutenant has the courage of its own convictions, and follows them to the bitter end.
The highlight of Ferrara's career--sublime.
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