Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.
Mr. White as a cop living on the mother fucking edge. Blow. Bo fuckin' Dietl. A smart bet. Baseball. A street pharmacist. Crack is whack. Naked dancing. Flaccid Harvey. A convenience store shakedown. A despicable-horrific-sad-face act of violence. Darryl fuckin' Strawberry. Stealing from the dead. Chicks in penguin suits. A nude nun. Jersey bad girls. A serious question. Extreme-chicken-chokin'. Fuck you cassette player! Holy communion. Yummy wafers! Sad confessions. Not giving a flyin' fuck who you snort coke in front of. Nightclub action. Playing dumb. Uncontrolable laughter. An empty threat. China fuckin' White. Real fuckin' justice. Holy fuckin' hallucinations. Some real good shit. The way Harvey says cocksucker. The bus. Checking out for good. Harvey fuckin' Keitel blows it out…
Bad Lieutenant is a crime drama that follows the story of a cop who, while investigating a nun's rape, tries to straighten out his life. Ferrara builds an excellent character study on an unlikeable man who leads a life of corruption (by abusing his authority as a lieutenant) and who finds himself cornered with his addictions (drug and gambling) that threaten to destroy his life.
Instead of trying to establish a real 'story', director Abel Ferrara insvests in a controversial study on a man who tries to find redemption after a life of corruption and bad choices, in a detailied examination of a man's nihilist life, a cop who abuses of his social position to lead a semi anarchist life.…
For some reason I've always remembered Bad Lieutenant as a 70s film. There's something about its detachment and struggles with morality that harks back to early Scorsese, especially with Harvey Keitel in the lead role. It becomes more than a mere homage to Mean Streets as Abel Ferrara mirrors Scorsese by weighing down Keitel's boots with Catholic guilt and having him commit a series of unforgivable sins.
The Lieutenant in question is more than a corrupt cop, he's a pervert, a drunk, and a drug addict. He's the sort of guy John Doe and Jigsaw would have a field day with as sin oozes from every pore of his body like thick black tar. His actions are not mere indulgences,…
Less a narrative than an examination of the depths of redemption, Bad Lieutenant takes an unlikable asshole and asks us how much we can take before we want him dead. Harvey Keitel's Lieutenant is a complete monster, a walking pharmacy cabinet, and, besides a strikingly inane suburban side-life, has nothing redeeming about him. We're treated to increasingly detestable episodes that showcase his brutality, hubris, and utter nihilism until there's seemingly no deeper he can sink.
The showcasing of his banal domestic life seems to be director Abel Ferrara's indication that most, if not all, of LT's woes are of his own causing. He mistakes self-destruction for pride. He thinks himself untouchable, even as he becomes more and more erratic. It…
This is one of Ferrara's greatest films, bar none. It's as much a remarkable character study as it is portrait of a city. Both suffering from a moral and spiritual crisis. Harvey Keitel has never been better. He plays a corrupt New York City police detective with a serious drug and gambling addiction who, while investigating a nun's rape, tries to change his ways. That alone won't be enough. He'll have both look inward and outward to find forgiveness. Ferrara knows this. Christian faith and symbolism are very important to the film. But Ferrara doesn't offer easy answers. Rightly so given how complex a character his protagonist truly is. The finest American film of the '80s.
Managed to bring this to a screening at my local (student) film club, on 35mm even, and counting me we were 15 people there. Good times.
Good times were not what Harvey Keitel's cop was going through. Penned by Ferrara himself, together with Zoe Lund, star of Ferrara's earlier Ms. 45, this is a pure, unadulterated downward spiral into the deepest darkest corners of a rotten soul. Keitel pours every inch (yes, literally) of himself into the part, and his cathartic climax is brutal. He's never better than here, in my view.
He's not backed up by much, though, the rest of the cast are more extras than anything else, although the "drug buddy" pretty much nails it.
The pacing isn't all that either, and if it's fun you're looking for, you want Herzog's "remake", not this.
The ending has never sat right with me, and the women tonight really didn't care for it.
the first part of this movie is pretty good, but after a while the storyline is somewhat lost..... well the main character is somewhat lost as well so it's probably not a coincidence.
harvey keitel does a nice job acting, but when he cries he sounds like chewie from star wars.
"Show me how you suck a guy's cock"
A very entertaining watch and a very good character study.
soll natürlich schockierend sein, ist generell ein guter film, zeitweise arge längen
This drug-riddled tale of debauchery rivals most other crazy crime-ridden downfall films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Scarface, Blow, and Trainspotting. While those can more easily be grouped together due to their blood-pumping scenes, this film takes a different route by slowly dragging you through a few days in the life of a hopeless man trying to find redemption after the rape of a nun.
I was truly surprised that Ferrara was doing cocaine during the shoot and the writer was a notable heroin addict. After coming off of the King of New York, it is surprising that he would choose to turn up the notch by going full blast into an even darker tale in NYC (which…
The best baseball movie? Or the best baseball movie?
Bad Lieutenant is a powerful catholic film that features a tour de force by Harvey Keitel. He's willing to go there in a raw performance as a crack addicted "bad" cop. This dark tale is is one of a downward spiral and ends in animalistic howls, distanced violence, tragedy, yet with redemption.
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One of the very few Abel Ferrara films that has managed to elevate itself beyond a small fringe audience. Despite the controversy and NC-17 rating, it captured a fairly large audience and secured some solid reviews. Harvey Keitel's performance forms into the equivalent of a "primal scream." So realistic it often feels like Keitel has become his character. It is a brutal and tragic performance.
Years of navigating the rough streets of NYC as a cop have taken more than a toll on Ferrara's Lieutenant. We never know if our protagonist was ever a good guy, but a number of things indicate that he might have been. The story begins with an aging cop who is addicted to gambling, drugs,…
Never bet on the Dodgers.
Made in 1992, this bleak neo-noir feels more like a 70's Scorsese film. Harvey Keitel plays a pitiful and corrupt NYC detective consumed by drugs, gambling and women. Cursed with arrogance and bereft of faith, he stubbornly lives his life as he sees fit, until the rape of a nun and escalating gambling losses on a National League playoff series cause him to realize that he's hit bottom.
Keitel's staggering performance lays the character bare, and the script (by actress-model Zoe Lund, who would perish from her own addictions before the decade was out) pulls no punches... this is a potent, brutal and enervating film that works well despite seeming occasionally familiar and predictable.
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