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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (original title)
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Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

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After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The only criminal he can't catch is himself.

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Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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11 December 2009 (USA)  »

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$245,398 (USA) (20 November 2009)

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$1,697,956 (USA) (26 February 2010)
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Werner Herzog: The voice of the client leaving a message on Frankie's answering machine. See more »

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Nicholas Cage's character bets several times on college football games featuring Louisiana. The state has several universities with football programs, however there is no Louisiana University. There is a Louisiana State University (LSU) but they are never referred to as simply "Louisiana". See more »

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Terence McDonagh: [to the pharmacist about his prescription] Excuse me, could ya tell me how much longer that's gonna be?
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Terence McDonagh: HELLO, MISS! I'm a lieutenant in the police department! I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION! CAN I GET MY PRESCRIPTION, PLEASE?
Pharmacist: Do you see I'm on the phone?
[McDonagh runs behind the counter]
Pharmacist: Hey, hey... You can't come back here!
Terence McDonagh: YOU GOT ME WAITING THIRTY MINUTES TO MAKE A FUCKING PERSONAL PHONE CALL!
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Cage back on form!...
30 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

Very well made with a few quirky effects… I loved 'Iguana-cam' particularly (you'll know what I mean if you've seen it). But the thing that stands out most about this picture is the performance of Nicolas Cage as Terence McDonagh; they say for every three duds there's one outstanding one… and believe me, this is well worth a look! He's really great in this. I also thought Eva Mendes did an excellent job as Frankie Donnenfield. Honourable mentions go to; Val Kilmer, who I thought was underused as Stevie Pruit, Xzibit as gangster, Big Fate and Jennifer Coolidge as Genevieve.

The combination of Cage's excellent performance and the direction of Herzog works a treat (for me). I know the film failed to impress that much at the American box office and I think it may be because it perhaps went a little far in showing McDonah's decline. I did feel the events leading up to the ending seemed a little rushed; having spent so much time showing him reach that point. Over all though, I thought it was rather good and deserved a better reception than it got… (For me), RECOMMENDED.

My score: 8.3/10

IMDb Score: 6.8/10 (based on 39,833 votes at the time of going to press).

MetaScore: 69/100: (Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes 'Tomatometer' Score: 87/100 (based on 135 reviews counted at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes 'Audience' Score: 52/100 'Liked it' (based on 50,683 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).

You can find an expanded version of this review on my blog: Thoughts of a SteelMonster.


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