NC-17 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness and redemption.
ReelViews critic James Berardinelli seems to feel that there isn't enough character development to LT (Harvey Keitel), and that he doesn't have much of a backstory as illustrated in the following extract, "While the first two-thirds of the movie work sporadically as a lurid character study of the Lieutenant, they are incomplete. One of the most obvious unanswered is how he got where he is, what events ignited his moral disintegration, or has he always been like that? Not only does the film make no attempt to probe that issue, it's not concerned about it."
Can I help you?
The Lieutenant: Yeah, I'm in charge of the investigation. I'm just checking security.
The Lieutenant: Yeah. You wouldn't want those guys coming back, huh? For the nun? Or for you?
When LT is getting the $30,000 from the drug dealer, he sits down and watches TV. The audio from the game show on can be heard repeating itself. Towards the end of the scene it repeats, suggesting it was a limited clip, on a loop.
The original theatrical version was released with an NC-17 rating. However, there is an R-rated video version which omits a great deal of critical plot structure.
$47,454 (USA) (22 November 1992)
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