Again, is Bad Lieutenant a baseball movie? Read the Top 100 baseball movies of all-time list:
I’ll say yes because it’s the best portrayal of gambling on baseball. And the top 100 baseball movie list had to have at least one film on baseball and gambling because it has much more relevance for the popularity of the game than people perhaps realize. Everyday from April to October, you can make a bet on a baseball game and trust me many people do, which forces them to watch the game which increases the overall appeal and ratings of the game.
Bad Lieutenant is the movie that teaches you why you shouldn’t chase your bets when gambling on sports. Or, perhaps you shouldn’t gamble on sports at all!
As the main character (played brilliantly by Harvey Keitel) drives himself into complete destruction by overindulging on the mainstream addiction tri-fecta – drugs, alcohol and gambling, while also finding God as he attempts to find the man who raped a Nun; What holds the plot together is what will happen between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the phantom NLCS. If Keitel wins his bet, he will live. If he loses the bet, he’s not going to survive.
A film a bit ahead of its time as our main protagonist is a really bad guy. Hence the title. He’s very difficult to like. He’s pre-Tony Soprano and Walter White. But there is sometime fascinating about him as he tries to find meaning in his life, while we try to find it with him while watching.
A movie that’s mostly known for Keitel actually shooting up real Heroin in a scene. Some said that he was a true method actor, which is kind of BS as it is now documented that he did have a major drug problem while filming.
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