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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
"The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  11 December 2009 (USA)
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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)
Captain James Brasser (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Joe Nemmers ...
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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£532,700 (UK) (28 May 2010)

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Nicolas Cage claims that he was never under the influence of anything throughout filming, in contrast to Leaving Las Vegas (1995) in which he got genuinely drunk to play an alcoholic. See more »


When Big Fate and his crew shoot up the three guys who are after The Lieutenant's money, you can clearly see one of the bodies on the office floor move a finger when the iguana approaches him. See more »


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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Written by Andy Forest, Chaz Leary (as Charles Harold Leary), Roberto Luti
Published by Running Board Music LLC (ASCAP)
Performed by Chaz Leary (as Washboard Chaz)
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The Nicolas Cage we loved is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
24 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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