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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.



(screenplay) (as William Finkelstein)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Big Fate (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner)
Armand Benoit
Pat McDonagh
Captain James Brasser (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Ned Schoenholtz
Binnie Rogers
Larry Moy


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.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$245,398, 22 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,697,956, 28 February 2010
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Veteran television writer William M. Finkelstein's first feature film screenwriting credit. See more »


After blackmailing Renaldo Hayes and asking him to shave points in Lousiana's upcoming game with Texas, Terence meets with his bookie and bets on Lousiana - he should have said he was betting on Texas, which did end up being the winning bet. See more »


Terence McDonagh: [Hallucinating] What are these fuckin' iguanas doing on my coffee table.
Stevie Pruit: There ain't no iguana.
Terence McDonagh: ...Yeah, there are.
Stevie Pruit: There ain't no iguana.
Terence McDonagh: What the fuck is that?
[taps it]
Terence McDonagh: Fuckin' iguana.
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Follows Bad Lieutenant (1992) See more »


Arranged by Brian Leake
Published by Standard Music Library (PRS)/Henning Music (BMI)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music Library
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The Nicolas Cage we loved is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
24 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I just watched this at London Film Festival & went in expecting to hate it as I loved the original. But I have to say, the film is excellent, certainly Cage's best film & best performance since Leaving Las Vegas. Herzog has done a brilliant job & the film stands on it's own, apart from the Ferrara film. I won't spoil bits by mentioning them, but the film has several stand-out memorable scenes worth the price of admission alone. Herzog has always said that training for making films is 'life' not a stuffy film studies class etc. If you're familiar with his work or sensibilities, you'll get even more insight into how cool this guy is after watching this film. I look fwd to watching it again when it releases and getting the DVD!!

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