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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Nicolas Cage
Eva Mendes
Val Kilmer
Fairuza Balk
Directors
Werner Herzog
Screenwriters
Running Time
121 minutes

Bad Lieutenant
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Bad Lieutenant

Plot
Rogue cop Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) investigates a vicious, apparently gang-related murder, while simultaneously satisfying his own apparently insatiable appetite for drugs and reckless gambling, trying to guard a teenage witness of the massacre and looking after his father’s dog.


Verdict
An exhilarating riff on the cop-thriller drama by a director at the top of his game — Herzog is also at his most accessible here — powered by an incendiary performance from Nicolas Cage. A very bad lieutenant, then. And a bloody good film.


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