My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
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.
Ferrara's most accomplished realization, but not by half-measures. Not a subtle film. Religious allegories, coupled with copious amounts of drug use. Unrelenting, to its own detriment. This is why this film is adored in some circles, and upsetting to others.
Keitel is balls to the wall here, and gives one hell of a performance.
Gritty portrayal of a corrupted, decaying, malignant... lovable cop.
Plågsam gestaltning av en man på väg mot den absoluta botten. Keitel är grym!
AKA The Ballad of Darryl Strawberry
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Woah. This was intense. I don't think you can 'like' a film or character like this, it's dark and undeniably daring.
Keitel's performance carries the film, as there is no plot to speak of really, just his portrayal of a man that's sunk so low that he's not even graced with a name... he just is a bad lieutenant, he's not a person anymore.
His breakdown after talking to 'the Nun' and his sobbing to a vision of a crucified Jesus is such a powerful scene and some unforgettable cinema.
For the longest time, my dream job was truck driver/detective/wrestler/late night horror movie host...
It's bad lieutenant now, and nothing else.
Completely explicit and unsubtle in all its broad, harsh themes. BAD LIEUTENANT's title is a tragically hilarious understatement, as this is a film where Harvey Keitel's cop is so completely riddled with vice that it's massively encumbering. Though ultimately a film about redemption given extremely reprehensible conditions, BAD LIEUTENANT is inordinately subversive in how extreme it goes in depicting depravity and suffering. Both sides of the coin are shown: the horrific acts Keitel engages in, from frequent drug use, abusing the power of his badge at every turn, manipulating the world around him to his will, etc, as well as the same man breaking down, realizing the full weight of all the sin clouding around him. It's that guilt, borne…
Harvey Keitel sobs in the nude. We see his full peen. I love you Harvey Keitel.
Besmisao ortaka na kokainu. Pokušao sam da razumem ovaj film, ali izgleda da činjenica da se ne drogiram me sputava u ovoj spoznaji. Kajtel jeste briljantan kao raspad, ali bolje srozavanje ličnosti sam video u WAKE IN FRIGHT (1971).
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