From the seedy underbelly of a crime riddled New York City comes the story of a police officer who is almost as morally bankrupt, ethically void and emotionally vacant as the transgressors he is employed to apprehend. Director Abel Ferrara, who has gained a wide- spread cult following for his 'pull-no-punches', sensationalist style of directing, has once again outdone himself in this crude, hyper-real depiction of a depressingly imaginable reality. Following an unnamed cop around the beat (Harvey Keitel), Ferrara destroys any possible belief in law, order and morality. Instead, reality becomes a bleak, hopeless and pessimistic existence where the anti-hero is a hard-drinking, drug-taking, sexually abusing fiend whose only instance of moral repentance comes when he meets a nun who has been raped, yet forgives her attackers. This simple act of compassion alters his view, and drives him to seek justice in the only way he knows how.
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Frankie Thorn, Harvey Keitel, Paul Calderone, Victor Argo
Adult Themes, Coarse Language And Drug Use, High Level Violence