Bad Lieutenant details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Zoe Tamerlaine Lu, Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Leonard Thomas, Robin Burrows, Frankie Thorn, Victoria Bastel, Paul Hipp, Zoe Tamerlaine Lund|
|Collections:||American Indie, Bad Taste, Crazy Cops, Cult Classics, Decades: 90s, Hidden Gems, Incredible Indies, New York, New York|
|1hr 36 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Harvey Keitel delivers his greatest performance in this bleak dramaBy Philip Concannon from London , 05 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Few actors have proved as willing to accept challenging, risky roles as Harvey Keitel. Other actors have achieved more fame, won more awards and made bigger hits, but none have been as courageous.
'Bad Lieutenant' is the film in which Keitel went deeper than ever before. As the lieutenant of the title he blurs the lines between cop and criminal. His married life is a sham, he drops the kids at school but can't wait to get them out of the car to get his first fix. When he breaks up a robbery he takes the cash for himself. He is under no illusions, he knows he is bad but is too far down the road to change.
This film is not an easy watch. The lieutenant slips deeper into degredation, drinking, stealing, taking drugs. In one of the films most disturbing scenes he pulls over two teenage girls and subjects them to what can only be described as verbal rape.
And yet, when a local nun is raped the lieutenant sees this as his chance for redemption. This will divide viewers, how bad can a man be and still deserve salvation?
The film is directed by Abel Ferrara but it's Keitel's picture. This is not acting, this is a man stripped to his soul for the camera. Ferrara wisely give the whole film over to his leading man whose shockingly brilliant display helps paper over some of the cracks in the narrative. As the lieutenant slips towards his nadir, Keitel reaches his zenith.
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Dont waste your timeBy a customer , 23 Feb 2012This film is total boredom from start to finish. Outdated, poorly filmed and with no story to identify whats actually going on.
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Sleaze with a capital SBy Bassman71 (695 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 27 Jan 2012Abel Ferraras controversial film about a NY cop on a downward spiral with gambling, drinking and drug-taking whilst going about his job.
Harvey Keitel is incredible portraying sleaze with a capital S and its quite a hard watch at times as his cravings and debauchery seem to have no ends.
The whole thing feels very real too with the dialogue having an improvised feel to it but I did think the inevitable end was rather abrupt although maybe that was the whole idea.
The original bad cop.By gingerspike (432 reviews) from Grimsby , 16 Jan 2012Hadn't seen this film for years. Thought i'd go back to it after watching the great Werner herzog version recently. To be honest I prefer Herzog (with Cage in the lead role), but that is not to say this isn't a great film, as it is. It's a great story, played out excellently by Harvey Keitel as the crooked, hooked cop. It's a raw and dark tale of drugs, sex, gambling, religion and redemption. Abel Ferrara created an original, gripping, uncomprimising and bleak film.
Still bad after all these yearsBy a customer , 16 Jan 2012Havent seen this film for years, so watched it again with great interest. It still a great film, as its shocking and gripping and the storyline is great.
Not sure if female audiences would like it; dont think the missus would.
But the sheer darkness of the movie coupled with graphic displays and characterisation made it an excellent movie for me.. though realise it wont be to everyone's taste!!
Keitel is on formBy Markdini (15 reviews) from London , 03 Jan 2012Harvey Keitel delivers a performance that seems all to real. The story may drag on in parts. But the over all message of the film is not clouded. Dealing with drugs, rape, gambling and any other vice one can think of.
Redemption is not an easy theme in cinema but Abel Ferrara manges to bring it to screen. Not perfect , flawed in some areas the film still is enjoyable.