Bad Lieutenant (1992)

“I’m sorry, Lord. I’ve done so many bad things.” Truly bleak, depraved and ultimately fascinating, Bad Lieutenant was directed by Abel Ferrara (The Driller Killer) and features (arguably) Harvey Keitel’s finest performance as an unnamed, drug-addled New York City police lieutenant searching for a couple of low-lifes who raped a nun (Frankie Thorn). The uncompromising film follows this total degenerate as he rapidly sinks into the depths of addiction. Not for the squeamish (rated NC-17 for sexual violence, strong sexual situations & dialogue and graphic drug use)! Talk about a loser, this guy even bets his life on Darryl Strawberry coming through for him in the World Series! Think this sleazeball couldn’t possibly sink any lower? Wait until the disturbing traffic stop scene. Believe it or not, the film is ultimately about forgiveness and redemption. Keitel excels in this role, which was reportedly first offered to Christopher Walken. In 2009, Werner Herzog filmed a “remake” titled The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans starring Nicolas Cage. The script for Bad Lieutenant was cowritten by Zoe Lund, who starred in Ferrara’s equally disturbing Ms. 45 and also appears as a drug addict in this film.

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