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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)
Captain James Brasser (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
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>

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,697,956 (USA) (26 February 2010)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes had previously played love interests in Ghost Rider (2007). See more »


When Lieutenant McDonagh is driving with the witness to Biloxi he crosses the Mississippi River over the GNO bridge going the wrong direction. The view of the twin smoke stacks (also visible in Get Shorty) indicate he is heading to the west bank of the river. The only non-circuitous route back to the east bank would be via ferry routes that were not restored at that time and run through St Bernard Parish. See more »


Terence McDonagh: You don't have a lucky crack pipe?
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References 2000 Jahre Christentum (2000) See more »


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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Love it or hate it, it's a bad ass black-comedy that's hilarious because it's mostly real......
27 August 2010 | by (Pale Blue Dot) – See all my reviews

-No spoilers here...

A darkly-twisted, hilariously-unhinged,, satirically-farcical story of one man doing what's right... for himself.

A lot of debate is centered around whether this film is connected to Abel Ferrara's Film from the 1980's. Save some time and trust me on this, the answer is NO, IT IS NOT CONNECTED TO IT AT ALL..

Many people are divided about this reinvention of the cops and robbers, good guy bad guy genre... Some love it, some don't.. et all.

It is one of those films that, while obviously you have to see it for yourself, I believe many will use as a benchmark to judge another persons sense of humour... Maybe even intellect.

It's just that good!!!

For me, it's a seriously clever and uniquely funny crossover between the independent and mainstream style of cinema.

I have not seen NicCage act better or as well for a long, long time. You do not need to be a follower of the cult of Herzog to enjoy this film either.

It's instantly accessible to anyone with a twisted laugh and an evil grin... Mua..Hahaha... All jokes aside, if I was ever PC it would be high on my list of guilty pleasures(Luckily that's never been a problem, though). It's one of the few films out of thousands I've seen that I make an effort to recommend to people I don't even know...

-Take time out and enjoy the great Werner Herzog directing hilariously good fun out of the darkest corners in our reality...

If you don't like it, at least you'll know you're one of them... :)

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