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Bad Lieutenant [Blu-ray]

  • NC-17
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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 Zo Tamerlis (under the alias Zo 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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  • Credits
    Harvey Keitel, Frankie Acciario, Victor Argo, Peggy Formley, Frankie Thorn, Zo Tamerlis, Zoe Lund, Zo Lund, Zoe Tamerlis, Zoe Tamerlaine Lund, Stella Keitel, Brian McElroy, Leonard Thomas
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] terrifyingly powerful film....Visually visceral....It's narrative heart is palatably spiritual..."
    Sight and Sound

    "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

    "...[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..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Uncut, unique and uncompromising..."
    Total Film

    "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."
    A.V. Club

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