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Movie : Bad Lieutenant

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“You tell aunt Wendy to get the fuck out of the bathroom”.  “Call me. I’ll throw her the fuck out”.This is some of the opening conversation we hear in a car between a father and his two young sons as he drives them to school. He’s a cop and wants to get to where he’s going and he doesn’t want to fuck around. His day consists of collecting drug money, getting high, hanging with his women, laying bets on baseball and doing some cop work on the side. Working a case of a nun who was brutally raped. Things are not going well for the Lieutenant. Basically we follow him as his spins out of control, feeding his addictions and whatever is left of his policing skills.

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Abel Ferrara pulls no punches here. He uses a gritty New York background (which is perfect), sprinkles in some good acting support, gives us a bare bones story line and then turns Harvey Keitel loose to come unglued. Harvey is the show. He is an uncensored mess. Not pretty, not likable and certainly not everyone’s taste (my gal’s favorite part was when the cop was put out of his misery). Keitel is fantastic. In the moment, real, truthful, raw and sick. He did his homework and  released it for us to witness. He has a couple human moments in the film but the addictions over ride whats left of anything healthy. His black hole trumps everything decent

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BL is a dark ride, nothing pretty. The life style is not glamorized in any way. Harvey is at the top of his game. It might not appeal to everyone (it won’t) but if you want to see an actor take it to the edge you might dig it CB did.

“I’m sorry. I did so many bad things”. Yes you did Harv.

55 comments on “Movie : Bad Lieutenant

  1. Array
    June 28, 2020

    It’s a film? I just assumed it was a recruitment video.

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  2. deKE
    June 28, 2020

    I need to watch this one. Love those movies were people are right off the rails. lol
    Slick writeup fella.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 28, 2020

      Keitel is the definition of “off the rails”.
      Thanks deKE.

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      • deKE
        June 29, 2020

        Watched it with the Boss (my wife) last night and within 10 minutes of viewing, she said where did you hear about this !!
        lol
        Told her my good pal CB wrote it up and who does not love a crazy cop on the crazy train flick now and again.
        U get the full monty on this one hahaha
        Great movie thanks for the heads up! lol

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 29, 2020

        Yeah, my Boss (Gal) watched it with me also. She’s a trooper. Now when she gets on my case I say “At least I’m not as bad as Harvey Keitel”. That settles her down.
        If you can get by the obvious deprivation there is a good film. Yup its the “full monty’s” monty. Harvs the man. Thanks for throwing me under the bus with the Boss deKE. She’ll never trust that CB guy again.

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      • deKE
        June 29, 2020

        Hahaha
        All good it killed some time on a Sunday night

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 29, 2020

        Thanks. I’ll get over to your station this week. Got busy with some good company in last few days.

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      • deKE
        June 29, 2020

        All good buddy

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  3. Jim S.
    June 28, 2020

    I remember this coming out but now that you describe it I don’t recall having seen it. Another one of Scorsese’s gang. Very subdued in ‘Irishman’ but a whack job in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ I’ll add this to the list.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 28, 2020

      A little harsh for some tastes Doc. Perfect title.

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      • Jim S.
        June 28, 2020

        Speaking of Tarantino – not that we were – but speaking of Tarantino, I notice that CB has never done a piece on him. Didn’t come up alphabetically yet? Or not a big fan? “Pulp Fiction” was iconic and I would love to read CB’s take on something like that or “Reservoir Dogs.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 28, 2020

        ‘Reservoir Dogs’ has been in the works for a long time same as Jackie Brown’ love both those films. I seen Dogs at a film festival and half the house walked out.

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      • Jim S.
        June 28, 2020

        Well at least you weren’t stuck in the middle with them.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 28, 2020

        That scene ruined that song for a lot of people.

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      • Jim S.
        June 29, 2020

        Yeah, maybe at first. But then I forgot about it. Tough scene. We can save more for your piece on that one. Tarantino likes his violence, that’s all I gotta say.

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  4. hotfox63
    June 28, 2020

    Saw this many years ago. A nice sick movie about a lost soul who loses completely the ground under his feet and so his death is inevitable, almost as if he had conjured up exactly this end because he no longer wants to continue this decayed life.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 28, 2020

      Yes. the character is is in the depths of addiction and it can only end one way. He did his homework. Probably took Keitel a few weeks to get the character out of his system.

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      • hotfox63
        June 29, 2020

        I like Harvey Keitel as an actor, and I can imagine that it wasn’t easy for him to play this broken guy close to breakdown. I saw him recently in “Smoke”. A wonderful film that touched me, even if I don’t smoke since 25 years.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 29, 2020

        ‘Smoke’ is a “wonderful film”. Shows the range Harvey has. He is always so truthful in what ever role he plays. Never seems to be acting. Thanks for the reminder Fox. I’ll watch that again soon.

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      • hotfox63
        June 29, 2020

        I can recommend “Smoke” to you, CB. The movie has an extraordinary story (Paul Auster, screenwriter and co-director), great cast and a touching mood.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 29, 2020

        Thanks Fox

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  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    June 28, 2020

    Great film CB!

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  6. Yeah, Another Blogger
    June 28, 2020

    I’ve avoided this one. Too violent for me, I think. But maybe I’m wrong about that.

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  7. J.
    June 28, 2020

    Ho-ho! Bad Lieutenant! I picked a good time to stop by! (hope you’ve doing grand, CB). I was obsessed with this for a while way back… I hadn’t seen a flick as dark as this. Or at least not one where the main character was so lost. So utterly doomed. It’s brilliant, though… and Harvey is so utterly convincing.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 28, 2020

      A guest appearance by the elusive J. Man it’s good to hear from ya. I wouldnt of wanted to be living with Harv when he was in the midst of this character. What a performance. Hanging out with J and CB down at the pub.

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      • J.
        June 29, 2020

        Ha! Yeah, I don’t reckon he’d have been good company!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        June 29, 2020

        We could have let him have a last piss up and then took him to rehab.

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  8. Tommy
    June 29, 2020

    I’d like to see this one – it slipped through the cracks at a busy time. I don’t mind violence – even nasty violence – when it’s part of the story, but when it’s gratuitous or when it’s the main focus of the movie, I’m not interested. I’m not really a Tarantino fan for that reason. Your writeup makes it sound like this film is about Keitel’s performance, though…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      June 29, 2020

      Yeah I drifted from Tarantino’s work. I liked the first few a lot. With this film it’s more his F … upped lifestyle. “Feeding the addiction hole” and all the wonderful things that brings. Yeah Tommy, Keitels performance is the hook. The character is not going to win any nice guy awards but Harv gets a CB award for living the role. Some people act , he is.

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  9. badfinger20 (Max)
    July 5, 2020

    This sounds great CB. I’m a big Keitel fan..ever since I saw him in Taxi Driver. Don’t know how I missed this one…I love off the rails.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 5, 2020

      You “love off the rails” this is a train wreck.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 5, 2020

        We are there man. This will be in queue.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 5, 2020

        I wouldn’t want to be jumping on any train Harv was running. Scary!
        Speaking about “queues”. Curious about you Hanns album choice. Dont tell me. I’ll wait.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 5, 2020

        Only one hint without telling you…it’s a double album with a lot of variety.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 5, 2020

        Hmmm? My wheels are turning. I’m thinking ABB . A lot of variety of good music.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 5, 2020

        They are on my list but no not them…it’s a classic studio album though!

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  10. badfinger20 (Max)
    July 8, 2020

    Man… when you are watching it’s like…how much lower can the dude get? Within the first ten minutes, it’s like a toboggan ride to hell and then you keep going.

    Yes, he went as bad as you could go.

    They did try redemption at the end but yea…he needed what he got.
    I could have told him anyway…don’t bet on my Dodgers…they will disappoint you every time.

    That was a different kind of film for sure. Rarely do you get someone with no redeeming qualities whatsoever…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 8, 2020

      You pulled the trigger. Yeah dont bet on the #$*&^$ Dodgers.
      “Gambler, Thief, Junkie, Killer , Cop” and a few other things. Some realyy good subtles scenes. I remember one where he goes into the kids room. and then backs out like he didnt want to poison her. Another when he met his bookie for the last time and the guy was looking at Havvey and couldnt believe a guy could be that messed up.
      Yeah different is the word. Thing is Max I dint catch Keitel acting once, he was totally believable. What a performance. I think if they would have gave him any “redeeming” qualities it would have been false. Total out of control addict. You get a CB participation ribbon for watching that one fella. Yu are now in a very small club.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 8, 2020

        You are right…he was THAT guy. That is about as bad as you can go. Those two teenage girls? They will never take Dad’s car again that is for damn sure.

        I like dark and this was most definitely dark. I mean…cussing your kids, Crack, threesome, more crack, and for the topper nun rape…and that is the beginning.

        Hey man I appreciate the review…I enjoyed watching it…variety is the spice of life.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2020

        No problem Max. I dont know what’s next up on the takes. Maybe something lighter like ……
        Looking forward to you pick this week.. Any more hints? Dont make it easy.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 8, 2020

        Well this album was brought up in a famous criminal murder case. Nothing to do with the artists.
        The real name of the album is not what people call it.

        You didn’t want too easy…there you go. I’ll tell ya if you want to know…you know I don’t mind.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2020

        Dont tell me. I know my crime a little bit, and some sawed off nut bar comes to mind.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 8, 2020

        Yep you probably have guessed it!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2020

        Not that hard knowing your tastes and a fondness for a certain band.

        Liked by 1 person

      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 8, 2020

        Yea man it started when I was 8 in 1975… I’m going to post someting probably Friday about how I got my music tastes like I did…and asking everyone to comment how they got their start down their musical journey.
        Hell dude…one wrong move in my development and I could have been blogging about the inner beauty of Osmonds music (My sisters favorite).

        I got the idea from Deke and you the other day when we were talking about it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 8, 2020

        You’re ear would have blocked all the wrong sounds out for Max and set you right.
        I’ll save my comments for your take. I got book-ended by my older and younger sisters. Hermits hermits on one end and Donny and his brothers on the other.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        July 8, 2020

        Whew…between Peter Noone and Donny…thats tough! I’m looking forward to seeing the comments. I was saved by a brother and sister who both were my cool cousins…they showed me the right way.

        Liked by 1 person

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