Bad Lieutenant (Blu-ray) NC-17

Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: NC-17
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 5, 2010
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Audio Commentary with Director Abel Ferrara and Director of Photography Ken Kelsch
    • Retrospective Documentary Featuring Exclusive Interviews with the Cast and Crew
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by , &

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"No one can kill me. I'm blessed."-
  - Lt. (Harvey Keitel)
"Vampires are lucky--they can feed on others. We gotta eat away at ourselves...We got to eat away at ourselves until there's nothing left but appetite."
  - Zoë (Zoë Tamerlis) while shooting up heroin

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh77%

Total Count: 47


User Ratings: 16,121
As emptily defiant as a bit of graffiti on the base of a dustbin. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 23, 2018
…A film that would seem outrageously, unforgivably lurid if it were not also somehow perfectly isncere….Keitel gives the Lieutenant role his all…
New York Times
Nov 20, 1992
...[A] terrifyingly powerful film....Visually visceral....It's narrative heart is palatably spiritual...
Sight and Sound
Feb 1, 1993
Rating: A+ -- Alongside "Reservoir Dogs" Able Ferrara's 1992 tour-de-force crime drama provides the epic showcase for Harvey Keitel's impressive acting abilities. Full Review
Sep 27, 2010
It's a powerhouse performance in a film of jabbing intensity and wit. Full Review
Rolling Stone
Jan 8, 2019
...Uncut, unique and uncompromising...
Total Film
Aug 1, 2003
Members of the gutter-al elite will be the sole survivors.
Hollywood Reporter
Apr 9, 2008

Product Description:

Harvey Keitel stars as a nameless New York cop, hopelessy addicted to drugs, gambling, and sex, in this intense, hallucinatory portrait of sin and redemption by Abel Ferrara. The film follows the lieutenant as he makes his way to various crime scenes, concerned only with taking bets from his fellow cops on the outcome of the ongoing National League playoffs. As his bad decisions drive him deeper into debt, his life becomes a surreal hell, with a constant intake of crack, coke, heroin, and booze eroding what remains of his sanity. An investigation into the rape of a nun (Frankie Thorn) leads to his spiritual breakdown at the church crime scene, where he sees Jesus and the road to his salvation. This gutsy, highly original tale is one of Ferrara's most perfectly realized films and a pinnacle in the career of Keitel, whose performance transcends the screen in its sheer bravery.

Plot Synopsis:

Abel Ferrara's BAD LIEUTENANT is a bleak character study of a corrupt New York City detective who investigates the rape and torture of a nun even as his own life crumbles around him.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: November 2, 1992.
  • Shot on location in Manhattan and the Bronx, New York, and Jersey City, New Jersey. The film was photographed in a mere 20 days.
  • The film is based on a song written by director Abel Ferrara called "The Bad Lieutenant" that, in turn, is based on an incident in which a nun was raped in Spanish Harlem in 1982. Bo Dietl, the policeman who caught the real-life rapists, plays a bearded cop in the movie.
  • The screenplay was cowritten by Zoë Tamerlis (under the alias Zoë Lund). Tamerlis also plays the lieutenant's drug-shooting mistress and debuted as an actress in Ferrara's 1981 rape-revenge cult hit, MS. 45.
  • The part of the lieutenant's daughter is played by Harvey Keitel's real daughter, Stella Keitel.
  • Keitel has a full-frontal nude scene in this film. In 1993 he appeared in Jane Campion's THE PIANO, in which he also had a full-frontal nude scene. This was a highly succesful period of Keitel's career, thanks to these two critically praised films and RESERVOIR DOGS. Around this time the press began to pay homage to his fearlessly "naked" style of acting.
  • Keitel commented about the role, "I wanted to play this part because I have a deep desire to know God. Knowing God isn't just a matter of going to confession and praying. We also know God by confronting evil, and this character gave me the opportunity to descend into the most painful part of myself and learn about the dark places."
  • Director Abel Ferrara says of his star: "Harvey Keitel is a national treasure. His performance is just awesome."
  • Rap star Schoolly D's "Signifying Rapper" originally appeared on the soundtrack in the film but was later removed for video releases after legal disputes resulting from Schoolly's unauthorized use of a Led Zeppelin sample in the song.
  • There are R and unrated versions of this film available, with the unrated version being substantially more powerful and disturbing.

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  • UPC: 012236111146
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