Since making his screen debut in 1967, Harvey Keitel has emerged as one of America’s most intriguing actors. And while he continues to deliver the goods, it’s arguable that the 1990s was the decade in which he truly peaked. Mark Fraser looks back at 10 of his finest moments.
1. Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara, 1992)
As the title of the film suggests, this New York police lieutenant (Keitel) is as morally corrupt and spiritually tormented as they come – that is until he finds some kind of absolution in the form of letting two youths, who brutally rape a nun, go. Aside from being an insanely compulsive gambler and womaniser, he also consumes copious quantities of alcohol and narcotics (including cocaine, heroin and crack) while stealing police evidence to help fund his self-destructive addictions. A towering performance that is chock full of soul crushing – and at times embarrassingly self-pitying – angst.
Written and compiled by Mark Fraser
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