is a film made in 1992 by Abel Ferrara
, concerning a nameless New York police lieutenant
(played by Harvey Keitel
) as he went about his daily business of solving homicides while simultaneously indulging in his drug habits and prostitution and worrying about how to pay off his baseball gambling debts, all the while using his position as a weapon to get away with everything. During the investigation of a nun's rape, the Lieutenant begins to reflect on his lifestyle, wondering if he can change it.
The film inspired The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
, a movie that features a similar main character, yet is still quite different.
Bad Lieutenant provides examples of:
- The Atoner: The Lieutenant is gradually revealed as this.
- Author Appeal: The Lieutenant sometimes visits the apartment of a thin girl who shoots heroin. She was played by Zoe Lund (née Tamerlis), who was the co-writer of the screenplay, and was a heroin advocate. She is also given writing credit on "Port of Call New Orleans", although by that time she was already deceased. From heroin.
- Creator Cameo: Zoe Lund. She had previously worked with director Ferrara, having played the titular role in Ms 45.