Bad Lieutenant Movie Review Summary

Actors: Harvey Keitel

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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.
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Plot & Themes

Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of story:    -   rape Criminal enemy is...    -   law enforcement gone bad    -   drug dealers

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Nudity    -   Full Frontal Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   rude people Misc setting    -   church/synagogue

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes 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:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   A huge amnt of foul language

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