Bad Lieutenant

Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.
Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.
D: Abel Ferrera
Guild/Lt. Productions (Edward R. Pressman & Mary Kane)
USA 🇺🇸 1992
96 mins


W: Abel Ferrera & Zoe Lund
DP: Ken Kelsch
Ed: Anthony Redman
Mus: Joe Delia

Harvey Keitel (The Lieutenant), Frankie Thom (The Nun), Zoe Lund (Zoe)

Abel Ferrera's 1992 contribution to exploitation films was met with controversy upon release, especially in Britain, where it was dubbed a "video nasty".
Harvey Keitel plays a corrupt, drug-addicted detective who uses his status to manipulate the law. Gambling heavily on baseball matches & in deep debt with gangsters, he investigates a case where a nun was raped and sees it as a chance of redemption.
Though Harvey Keitel brings an excellent performance to the screen, not one second of the film makes for a pleasant viewing experience.

Harvey Keitel & Frankie Thom in Bad Lieutenant
Harvey Keitel & Frankie Thom in Bad Lieutenant
Did You Know:
The first time Harvey Keitel read the script, he threw it after fifteen pages, arguing it was "a piece of junk". When he started reading it again, he read the scenes with the nun's rape, and was so captivated by her story, that he understood the movie would be a unique experience.