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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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Big Fate (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner)
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Genevieve
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Captain James Brasser (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
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Larry Moy
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$245,398 (USA) (22 November 2009)

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$1,697,956 (USA) (28 February 2010)
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Star Nicolas Cage and director Werner Herzog have strong connections with F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922). Cage's performance in Vampire's Kiss (1988) was heavily-influenced by Max Schreck's in Nosferatu (1922) and Cage's company Saturn Films went on to produce a movie about the making of Murnau's Nosferatu called Shadow of the Vampire (2000). Werner Herzog directed a remake of the 1922 Nosferatu with Klaus Kinski called Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). Nosferatu was based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker and Cage's uncle Francis Ford Coppola directed Dracula (1992). See more »

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The film is set "six months" after Hurricane Katrina, putting the action in the movie occurring sometime around February 2006. In the film, Terence McDonagh continually bets on college football games, though in reality the football season is over by the time the action supposedly takes place. See more »

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Terence McDonagh: You know we got your boy, G, right?
Deshaun 'Midget' Hackett: Man, I don't know no G.
Terence McDonagh: He knows you. It's amazing how much you can get done when you've got a simple purpose guiding you through life. My purpose is to find out who shot up this apartment on Josephine. I know the guy that was living there was from Senegal. I know he was selling heroin. I know whose territory he was stepping on. And I know who went over to the apartment to straighten him out. I found out all that in the past few days. Where's Big Fate, son?
Deshaun 'Midget' Hackett: I...
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Features Doggone Tired (1949) See more »

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A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE
Arranged by Brian Leake
Published by Standard Music Library (PRS)/Henning Music (BMI)
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music Library
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One of Cage's best performances, ever!!!
30 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Nicolas Cage's best performances. Extremely impressive. Didn't know this movie existed until it showed up on Encore and was it ever worth watching. Herzog and Cage give us a character that I both identified with and hated. The script is brilliant and has no correlation with the earlier movie which starred Harvey Keitel. It is an original which stands on its own. The plot is complex. Cage's character, Sargant Terence McDonagh, is established immediately as capable of heroic acts and is promoted to lieutenant. We learn that McDonagh is not all good guy in stages. First we learn about the drug addictions and later about the gambling addiction. This is one of those movies which will be recognized for its true brilliance about 30 years from now, like Scarface is now.


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