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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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(screenplay) (as William Finkelstein)
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Big Fate (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner)
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Captain James Brasser (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
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Larry Moy
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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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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) (20 November 2009)

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$1,697,956 (USA) (26 February 2010)
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Nicolas Cage actually snorted baby powder for the cocaine scenes. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Terence McDonagh: Is this the same police force my father was in?
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Referenced in M.K. II (2010) See more »

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Arranged by Otto Jensen / Julien Desabais
Published by Abaco Music Library/Cypress Creek Music
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music Library
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Different enough from the original to make it worthwhile
28 February 2012 | by (Wakefield, England) – See all my reviews

7.5/10. I set myself up to not like this, the original with Harvey Keitel had a lasting impression on me when I watched it all those years ago as a student. However, this version only very loosely resembles the original. I think this was a wise move, to try and re-create it would have been a travesty. Instead we get the role reinvented by Nicholas Cage, and it is a quite stunning performance. Totally OTT - the stoop is so bad I keep expecting Cage to launch into Ricarhd III at any moment, the way he refers to one of the drug gang as "G" followed by a snort several times is just comic genius. The scene in the retirement home left me open mouthed - I didn't know whether to laugh or be shocked, one of the most amazing single scenes in a film I've seen for a long, long time. There is comedy in this and it is no where near as dark as the original, in the end I wanted to hate the film, but I loved it!!


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