Bad Lieutenant ★★★ 1992 (NC-17)
Social chaos and degeneration characterize story as well as nameless loner lieutenant Keitel, who is as corrupt as they come. Assigned to a case involving a raped nun, he's confronted by his own lagging Catholic beliefs and the need for saving grace. From cult filmmaker Ferrara (“Ms. 45”) and filled with violence, drugs, and grotesque sexual situations. Tense, over-the-top, urban drama is not intended for seekers of the subtle. Rent it with “Reservoir Dogs” and prepare yourself for a long tense evening of top-rated Keitel and screen-splitting violence. “R” rated version is also available at 91 minutes. 98m/C VHS, DVD . Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frankie Acciario, Peggy Gormley, Stella Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Leonard Thomas, Frankie Thorn; D: Abel Ferrara; W: Zoe Lund, Abel Ferrara; C: Ken Kelsch; M: Joe Delia. Ind. Spirit '93: Actor (Keitel).