He's the kind of cop who steals drugs off a dead man's body, the kind of father who'd rather feed his drug habit than his family. His badge means nothing to him other than the right to act like the very criminals he's supposed to be chasing and the fierce anger beneath his personality is only fuelled by his addiction to heroin, crack and alcohol. But when a beautiful young nun (Frankie Thorn) is raped on the altar of a local church, the 'Bad Lieutenant' (Harvey Keitel) is drawn to her case and into a final desperate attempt to find the true depths of human sin and the power of mercy.
Even Harvey Keitel couldn’t save this one.
- Bad Lieutenant review by CW
Harvey Keitel always commands the scene in any movie he is in. I’ve tried to see all of his movies. I saw Bad Lieutenant years ago and remembered it as grim and trashy. Still, I wanted to see it again because of him. Worthless. He plays a vile, corrupt strung out drug addict thief, a totally corrupt detective with no redeeming qualities. He either totally nails the look and behaviour of an addict (speed, crack, cocaine, heroin) or he had a lot of practice to get that tooth grinding demented look. Harvey Keitel must have it written into his contacts that he always gets at least one nude scene. I can’t think of any movie where he doesn’t get one. At times his acting in Bad Little is very good but I do not recommend this movie.