Bad Lieutenant (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Abel Ferrara Starring: Harvey Keitel

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Product Overview


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 217286378
UPC 012236111146
UPC 14 00012236111146
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
Rating Rating
Good Vs. Evil
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 Summary
Summary 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "No one can kill me. I'm blessed."---Lt. (Harvey Keitel)
Quote "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
Sight and Sound "...[A] terrifyingly powerful film....Visually visceral....It's narrative heart is palatably spiritual..." 02/01/1993 p.40
New York Times "?A film that would seem outrageously, unforgivably lurid if it were not also somehow perfectly isncere?.Keitel gives the Lieutenant role his all?" 11/20/1992 p.C15
Chicago Sun-Times "...[The film] takes spirituality and morality more seriously than most films do. And in the bad lieutenant, Keitel gives us one of the great screen performances in recent years..." 01/22/1993 p.37
Total Film "...Uncut, unique and uncompromising..." 08/01/2003 p.122
A.V. Club "Ferrara's tale of sin and redemption has a raw, unvarnished power that's embodied by Keitel's performance, and the years have preserved it as an equally potent street-level look at a city." 07/29/2009
Abel Ferrara
Harvey Keitel
Cast & Crew
Harvey Keitel - Star
Frankie Acciario - Star
Victor Argo - Star
Peggy Formley - Star
Frankie Thorn - Star
Zoë Tamerlis - Star
Stella Keitel - Star
Brian McElroy - Star
Leonard Thomas - Star
Abel Ferrara - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00012236111146
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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