|Plot Summary of Bad Lieutenant|
Writer-director Abel Ferrara makes very strange, uncomfortable films (King of New York, The Addiction, The Funeral). This 1992 movie depicts a corrupt cop, and they don't come any badder than this. Harvey Keitel's lieutenant builds up massive baseball betting debts, hangs out with prostitutes, tries to make off with a kilo of cocaine, shoots up on screen, investigates a grocery store robbery and takes the money, and (in a scene that makes you both laugh and squirm) uses his position to take advantage of teenage girls. He finally encounters a situation he can't understand or handle when a nun is raped on the altar of a church in Spanish Harlem, and forgives her rapists, whom she knows and won't give up to the police. Keitel gives the role his all, in a painful and ugly movie that compels attention but evokes both disgust and stunned admiration.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Script Analysis of Bad Lieutenant|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Time/Era of Movie:
Crime & Police Story?
Taboo Sex Story?
Kind of story:
Criminal enemy is...
- law enforcement gone bad
- drug dealers
- Full Frontal
- White (American)
- New York
- Dirty, grimy (like New York)
- rude people
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately messy visuals of dead
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- touching of personal anatomy
- seeing breasts
- seeing nude male butt
- seeing full frontal--women
- seeing full frontal--men
Kind of violence:
Unusual forms of death
- A huge amnt of foul language
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