Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
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…
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Leave it to the Catholic Church. Girls get raped every day, and now we're putting up 50 Gs just 'cause these girls wear fuckin' penguin suits.
- The Lieutenant
With a pretty languid pacing and meandering narrative it's easy to see how this is much more bothered about developing its character than spurring along an actual story. The slow disintegration of this 'bad lieutenant' is shown through drugs and sin as he lives this anarchistic lifestyle, but looming over him almost all the time is a presence, a divine presence emitting itself from the religious imagery. The story follows a corrupt drug-addicted NYPD who, whilst investigating the rape of a young nun, tries…
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.
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).
Just: Harvey Keitel!
Since attracting the wrath of the BBFC with his debut feature Driller Killer, Abel Ferrara has carved out a niche as one of the most difficult and uncompromising filmmakers of our time. His forthright personality off-screen is matched only by the hard-talking, macho nature of his films, which range from the gruesome rape revenge thriller Ms. 45 to the poignant but swaggering China Girl. In Bad Lieutenant, arguably his most audacious work, he gives us a film about guilt, redemption and unbearable human suffering, constructed around one of the greatest performances of the 1990s.
Bad Lieutenant is a slow-burning, often thoughtful character study scripted by Zoe Lund, a model-turned-actress who starred in Ms. 45. It follows the tortured lifestyle of…
Kind of leaning to a 4 but there's a lot of things I'm not sure about so I'm just leaving it in a 3.5
Drugs, sex, gambling, baseball, nuns, and the crucified Jesus. A lot to offer here; especially from Keitel who gives an epic performance that reminds me of early Deniro.
One of the best Abel Ferrera films...only Ms. 45 and King of New York are better... (own on DVD)
One of the most haunting films I've seen. Harvey Keitel gives the best performance of his career.
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