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 cowriter 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.
- Hookers and Blow: There's several scenes of the Lieutenant getting strung out with a couple of prostitutes. It's a lot more sleazy and grimy than the trope is usually presented, however. In the scene with Zoe Lund, that's real Heroin being injected into her.
- Karma Houdini: The nun's rapists. Even considering the fact that the nun forgives them, the Lieutenant smokes drugs with them and then puts them on a bus for parts unknown, and gives them the cigar box with thirty grand in it.
- Leave the Camera Running: The final scene keeps going after the main event occurs.
These tropes are inherent spoilers. Highlight at your own risk.