Bad Lieutenant


I've done so many bad things," wails Harvey Keitel, crumbling under the strain of his guilt at the climax to Abel Ferrara's burrow into depravity. Keitel's lieutenant ain't kidding: he's a violent, drug-chugging alcoholic and compulsive gambler with a twist of sexual perversity. That's a good day's work in anyone's book.

Lieutenant spends his time jacking up on crack or jacking off on women until the brutal rape of a young nun offers him a glimmer of redemption. With no plot to speak of, this is all about Keitel stripping his soul bare on screen in an overwhelming depiction of suffering. Uncut, unique and uncompromising.

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