IMDb > Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) More at IMDbPro »The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (original title)

Photos (See all 42 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans -- Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans -- In New Orleans, a police lieutenant investigates the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.


User Rating:
6.7/10   63,640 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 9% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writer (WGA):
William M. Finkelstein (screenplay)
View company contact information for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
11 December 2009 (USA) See more »
The only criminal he can't catch is himself.
Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
(832 articles)
Werner Herzog Announces First German Rogue Film School
 (From Twitch. 23 November 2015, 3:30 PM, PST)

10 Most Shocking Video Game Scandals Of All Time
 (From Obsessed with Film. 11 November 2015, 9:08 AM, PST)

Queen of the Desert | AFI Film Festival Review
 (From ioncinema. 11 November 2015, 9:00 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Moments of brilliance See more (212 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Nicolas Cage ... Terence McDonagh

Eva Mendes ... Frankie Donnenfield

Val Kilmer ... Stevie Pruit

Xzibit ... Big Fate (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner)

Fairuza Balk ... Heidi

Shawn Hatosy ... Armand Benoit

Jennifer Coolidge ... Genevieve

Tom Bower ... Pat McDonagh

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Captain James Brasser (as Vondie Curtis Hall)

Brad Dourif ... Ned Schoenholtz

Denzel Whitaker ... Daryl

Irma P. Hall ... Binnie Rogers

Shea Whigham ... Justin

Michael Shannon ... Mundt
Joe Nemmers ... Larry Moy

J.D. Evermore ... Rick Fitzsimon (as JD Evermore)
Tim Bellow ... G (Gary Jenkins)

Lucius Baston ... Midget
Lauren Swinney ... Antoinette

Nick Gomez ... Evaristo Chavez
William M. Finkelstein ... Dave Jacobs (as William Finklestein)

Sam Medina ... Andy

Lance E. Nichols ... Jeremiah Goodhusband

Tony Bentley ... Hurley
Jeremy Aaron Johnson ... Yasco
Bernard Johnson ... Dub (as Bernard Bunchy Johnson)
Matt Borel ... Bernie

Gary Grubbs ... Chief of Police

J. Omar Castro ... First Narcotics Detective

Kerry Cahill ... Second Narcotics Detective

Noel Arthur ... Renaldo Hayes

Douglas M. Griffin ... Sergeant

Lauren Pennington ... Woman (as Lauren Whitney Pennington)

Dane Rhodes ... Bettor
Jedda Jones ... Civilian Aide

Don Yesso ... Client

Trey Burvant ... Dealer

Robert Pavlovich ... Dr. Milburn

Marco St. John ... Eugene Gratz

David Joseph Martinez ... Juan Michel
Danielle Elaine Mcallister ... Kim

Kyle Clements ... Lawrence

Deena Beasley ... Maimouna (as Dorinda Deena Beasley)

Deneen Tyler ... Pharmacist (as Deneen D. Tyler)

Roger J. Timber ... Security Guard (as Roger Timber)
Joshua Joseph Gillum ... Host (as Joshua Gillum)

Sean Boyd ... Lt. Stoyer

Katie Chonacas ... Tina
Brandi Gerard ... Yvonne (as Brandi Coleman)
Michael Zimbrich ... Waiter
Trenton Perez ... Boy

Stephanie Honoré ... Girl
Katrell Dixon ... Witness #1

Stiggidy Steve ... Witness #2 (as Stephen Lewis)

Armando Leduc ... Jeff (as Armando L. Leduc)

Jillian Batherson ... Assistant to D.A.
Joel Davis ... First Announcer (voice)
John Wilmot ... Second Announcer (voice)
Wilfred Alexander ... Store Employee #1
April Gordon ... Store Employee #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Arnona ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Dewayne Bateman ... CSI / Forensic (uncredited)

Scheryl W Brown ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Joseph Cintron ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Thomas C. Daniel ... A 'John' (uncredited)
Sean Shyboy Davis ... Cop #1 (uncredited)

Antonio Echeverria ... Street Guy (uncredited)

Geraldine Glenn ... Family Member (uncredited)
Russell M. Haeuser ... A 'John' (uncredited)
Topher Jones ... Undercover Detective (uncredited)

Ted Jordan ... Detective (uncredited)
Rose Lamarche ... Accident Victim (uncredited)
Raymond Lapino ... Patient in Wheelcar (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Jessica Luebe ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Brandy Moon ... Duffy's Wife (uncredited)
Lorin Moore ... Promotion Reporter (uncredited)

Jay Oliver ... Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Kim Ormiston ... Enticing Prostitute (uncredited)
Misty Ormiston ... Enticing Prostitute (uncredited)
Lyssa Prine ... Nurse (uncredited)
Alex Revan ... Ivers (uncredited)
C. Stuart Rome ... CSI Agent (uncredited)
Jaime San Andres ... Officer Lasseigne (uncredited)
Scott Schlueter ... Undercover Detective (uncredited)
Chaz Smith ... Street Guy (uncredited)
Logan Douglas Smith ... Detective (uncredited)
Terry Lee Smith ... Fallen Police Officer (uncredited)
Antoine Spillers ... Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Corey Stewart ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Sarah J. Thompson ... Award Ceremony Family (uncredited)
Victor Tijerino ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Tranchant ... Lieutenant's Wife (uncredited)
Daniel Vincent ... Police Ceremony Attendent (uncredited)

Michael Wozniak ... Undercover Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
Writing credits
William M. Finkelstein (screenplay) (as William Finkelstein)

Produced by
Stephen Belafonte .... producer
Alessandro Camon .... executive producer (as Allesandro Camon)
Boaz Davidson .... executive producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Randall Emmett .... producer
Avi Lerner .... executive producer
Alan Polsky .... producer
Gabe Polsky .... producer
Edward R. Pressman .... producer
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt .... executive producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
John Thompson .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Peter Zeitlinger (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
Casting by
Jenny Jue 
Johanna Ray 
Production Design by
Toby Corbett 
Set Decoration by
Leonard R. Spears 
Costume Design by
Jill Newell 
Makeup Department
Paul Anthony .... key hair stylist
Margot Boccia .... personal makeup artist: Ms. Mendes
Ilona Herman .... personal hair stylist: Mr. Cage
Ilona Herman .... personal makeup artist: Mr. Cage
Stacy Kelly .... department head makeup artist
Donna Spahn .... department head hair stylist (as Donna Spahn-Jones)
Aimee Stuit .... key makeup artist
Nikki I Brown .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Darryl Lucas .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
René Besson .... executive in charge of production
Cathy Gesualdo .... production manager
Jerry Gilbert .... post-production supervisor
Joseph Lobato .... post-production manager
Sarah Parker .... executive in charge of post-production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bott .... second assistant director
Sherman Shelton Jr. .... second second assistant director
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director
Art Department
Scott C. Bivona .... lead greensman
John Blanchard .... construction foreman
Gail Briant .... lead scenic
William Burck .... propmaker
Andrew M. Casbon III .... scenic forman
Luke Cauthern .... set dresser
Gregory T. Geniusz .... set dresser
Stanford Gilbert .... property master
Lawrence Heap .... set dresser
Troy A. Johnson .... construction buyer
Christina Eunji Kim .... set designer
Vince LeBlanc .... set dresser
Myron Meek .... gang boss
Rachel Nowik .... art department assistant
Pat A. O'Connor .... leadman
Cory Parker .... on-set dresser
Janna Roach .... first assistant prop master
George Sanchez .... painter
Wayne Softley Jr. .... set painter
Brent Stewart .... locations foreman
Chuck Stringer .... construction coordinator
Charles Tatum .... construction utility
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Michael Baird .... supervising sound designer
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Jason Dotts .... additional sound effects recordist
Levent Erdogan .... foley editor
Brent Findley .... sound effects editor
Allie Fitz .... post-production audio coordinator
Jason Gaya .... adr mixer
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Corey J. Grasso .... adr mixer
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Tiffany Lentz .... assistant sound editor
Jay Meagher .... sound mixer
Zach Michaelis .... foley artist
Randy Pease .... boom operator
Walter Spencer .... dialogue editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Larry Barado .... special effects technician
David K. Nami .... special effects coordinator
David Nash .... special effects technician
Jake Whitney .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Angelina Borisowa .... visual effects editor
Stanislav Draganov .... visual effects
Kremena Ganeva .... digital compositor
Kiril Georgiev .... visual effects coordinator: WorldWideFX
Veselina Georgieva .... visual effects supervisor
Delyan Ketipov .... digital compositor
Momchil Kirov .... digital compositor
McMurphy Quito .... visual effects artist
D.J. Shea .... compositor
Chris Ward .... digital intermediate producer
Shane Dufrene .... utility stunts (2009)
Jeff Galpin .... stunts
Lex D. Geddings .... utility stunts
Tony Lazzara .... stunts
Sam Medina .... stunt performer
Russell Towery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tarik Naim Alherimi .... best boy electric
Gerald Autin .... best boy grip
Victor Brunette .... 24 frame video operator
Michael Charbonnet .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Duane Cooper .... grip
Ferdinand Duplantier Jr. .... rigging gaffer
Brad Garris .... electrician
Penelope Helmer .... second assistant camera
Lena Herzog .... still photographer
Werner Herzog .... iguana/alligator footage by
Jerry M. Jacob .... second unit cinematographers
Daniel H. Jacobs .... electrician
Jim Mayo .... technocrane operator
Paul Olinde .... gaffer
Jonathan E. Robinson .... loader
Jonathan Stoll .... grip
Erik Söllner .... assistant camera
Robb W. Turner .... lamp operator
Jason Vowell .... video playback operator
Barry Williamson .... grip
Casting Department
Robin Batherson .... extras casting
Robin Batherson .... location casting
Jason Landry .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Malikka Coston .... key set costumer
Alexandra Eagle .... costumer
S. Aimee Helms .... set costumer
Meagan McLaughlin .... costumer
Lauren Wade .... assistant costume designer
Ann Walters .... costume supervisor
Jen Wasson .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Prince Bagdasarian .... high definition coordinator
Omar Daher .... assistant editor
Julius Friede .... digital intermediate colorist
David Graubard .... digital intermediate senior systems engineer
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Kurt Tuffendsam .... digital intermediate project manager
Music Department
Selena Arizanovic .... music coordinator
The Filmharmonic Orchestra Prague .... orchestra
Philip Klein .... music preparation
Adam Klemens .... conductor (as Adam Clemens)
Jan Kotzmann .... music engineer
Cindy O'Connor .... assistant to composer
Tyler Parkinson .... electronic pre-recordist
Conrad Pope .... orchestrator
Conrad Pope .... supervising
Petr Pycha .... orchestra contractor
Dennis S. Sands .... music mixer
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Buck Snow .... music engineer
Clifford J. Tasner .... orchestrator
Ashley Waldron .... music supervisor (as Ashley Miller)
Philip Klein .... orchestration assistant (uncredited)
Mario Klemens .... conductor (uncredited)
Cindy O'Connor .... additional music arranger (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Samuel Wayne Beitz .... driver: honeywagon
Donald Burdett .... driver
Donald Dibartolo .... driver
DTeflon .... driver: cast
Teresa Haney .... transportation
Danny Mortenson .... transportation coordinator
Lauren Von Huene .... transportation secretary
Oranz Walker .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Cristen Aery .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Barbara Babb .... production assistant
Heather Babineaux .... key craft service
Gregory Blohm .... assistant: Mr. Emmett (as Greg Blohm)
Bret Borgeson .... assistant to unit production manager
Devon Boyd .... senior v.p. finance
Christopher Michael Casey .... personal assistant: Randall Emmett
Stephen Cavaliero .... making-of editor
Batou Chandler .... location manager
Benton Collinsworth .... set production assistant
Alexandre Coscas .... assistant: Mr. Lerner
Michael Davison .... assistant: Mr. Cage
Rick Eyler .... business and legal affairs
Chris J. Fanguy .... animal wrangler
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Stacy Fortenberry .... location assistant
Jeff Galpin .... head animal trainer
Stanford Gilbert .... armorer
Rowananne Green .... assistant: Ms. Mendes
Beau Holden .... security: Mr. Cage
Sam Horton .... production secretary
Marcin Janowski .... executive in charge of marketing
Kirk W. Johnson .... production assistant
Todd Korody .... systems engineer
Alan J. Lam .... production controller
John Lavis .... set medic
Lauren Leach .... assistant production coordinator
Rolly Lee .... executive assistant: Mr. Cage
Brooke Lehman .... executive assistant to the producers
Richard Leveckis .... personal chef: Mr. Cage
Ryan Andrej Lough .... assistant: Mr. Rosenblatt (as Ryan Lough)
Joan Mao .... assistant: Mr. Davidson
Lauren McCarthy .... assistant: Mr. Kilmer
Mark Micucci .... post production accountant
Mark Miller .... payroll accountant
James Oliver .... assistant: Alan & Gabe Polsky
Rouslan Ovtcharoff .... production assistant
Nathan Parker .... key set production assistant
Sammy Jack Pressman .... director: making of
Sammy Jack Pressman .... making-of director
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs
Sarah Ramey .... head of development: Edward R. Pressman Film Corp
Jessica Renzi-Bailey .... key assistant location manager
Win Riley .... location scout
Tina Rosen .... senior v.p. finance
Anthony Rossi III .... production coordinator
Amy Sanderson .... script supervisor
James Allen Sheppard .... production assistant
Adam Shott .... assistant: Alan & Gabe Polsky
Anna Gand Sislyan .... financial analyst (as Anna Gand)
Mark C. Stevens .... additional set production assistant
Ray Tamayo .... staff accountant
Tanya Thanadpojanamart .... distribution services
Arturo Lopez Uscanga .... scanning manager
Jonathan M. Warren .... production assistant
Derrick Bentley Wells .... location associate
John M. White .... production assistant
Allen Wong .... first assistant accountant
Jennifer Yeh .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Jacob A. Bloom .... special thanks (as Jake Bloom)
Blanca Camacho .... special thanks
James A. Janowitz .... special thanks (as Jim Janowitz)
Patrick Knapp .... special thanks
Steve Pines .... special thanks (as Steven R. Pines)
Annie Pressman .... special thanks
Lynn Pressman-Raymond .... special thanks (as Lynn Pressman Raymond)
Karen Robson .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans" - USA (original title)
"Bad Lieutenant" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" - USA (promotional title)
"Bad Lieutenant" - Japan (English title)
See more »
Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some violence and sexuality
122 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In a June 2008 interview with The Guardian, Abel Ferrara, who directed and co-wrote the original Bad Lieutenant (1992), said that finding out his movie was being remade was "a horrible feeling", "like when you get robbed", and that those involved in this remake "should all die in hell". He also wondered how Nicolas Cage "can even have the nerve to play Harvey Keitel", and called screenwriter William M. Finkelstein an idiot. Herzog responded that he had never seen the original and had never heard of Ferrara.See more »
Factual errors: Only one of the "iguanas" featured was an iguana. The other lizard was a bearded dragon. The two species are not related and come from opposite sides of the world (iguanids originate in the Americas, whilst the bearded dragon originates in Australasia).See more »
Terence McDonagh:You think fish have dreams?See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Moments of brilliance, 17 November 2014
Author: rooprect from New York City

Herzog's popularity, and some might say his entire career, came from his long partnership with the incomparable firestorm of an actor Klaus Kinski. In Herzog's own words, their "joint derangement must have converged to create great art". Whether Herzog was referring to Kinski's explosive fury on screen or something more insidious such as the real life allegations that Kinski sexually molested his daughter from age 5 to 19, we don't know. My point is that Herzog had the ability to draw on Kinski's madness & evil to create some very memorable films about precisely that: madness & evil ("Aguirre", "Fitzcarraldo", "Nosferatu"). After Kinski died, Herzog's films were considerably less explosive although he still pushed those dark themes.

Here in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans", once again we get the familiar themes of madness and depravity, and although it doesn't quite strike that horrifying Kinski vein, it has moments of brilliance thanks to an excellent acting job by Nicolas Cage.

We also get, at the core, a well-written story by William Finkelstein who wrote extensively for gritty TV crime dramas like "NYPD Blue", "Law & Order" and "L.A. Law".

It's the story of a rogue New Orleans cop who is investigating a series of murders while he himself flirts with depravity as he battles with drug-related issues and moral degradation. What's important to note is the familiar Herzoggian theme of madness and the thrill of of evil on the human soul. Cage plays a detective who, on the surface, is a cool-tempered & intelligent hero, a likable guy really. But he begins to descend into depravity, and there are 1 or 2 moments of outright sickening behavior (such as falsely arresting, then having sex with a woman in exchange for letting her go). This is not a film for the morally faint of heart. It is intended to morally shock us, and that it does.

But what's interesting is the way Cage's portrayal remains heroic (the good guy), unlike Kinski's villainous portrayals (the monster). In the past, Herzog-Kinski films presented us with a vision of evil which thrilled us in a guilty way, as if we're passing a gory car wreck. Here we have the much more comfortable yet equally challenging perspective of watching a good guy who can't resist the thrill of depravity. So from a safer distance from evil, we can watch the story unfold.

I don't know if it's that subtle thematic difference, or simply the idea that Nicolas Cage is not an alleged incestuous child abuser, that made me enjoy this film in a lighter way. I should note that this film also carries much more humor and playful dark comedy than any of Herzog's other films I've seen. In the 2nd half of the film, Cage's frenetic portrayal of a coked-up, cracked-up drug fiend was done a comedic air... along with some hilarious surreal visuals & music (the break dancing scene had me laughing out loud).

Ultimately, we get a "morality tale" which is very gritty, very comic, very morally disturbing, and yet it doesn't leave us with a sick feeling like certain other films which explore the evil nature of human beings. In fact, with the exception of the disturbing sexual bribe scene, "Bad Lieutenant" could almost be watched as a dark comedy from start to finish. It's a different approach for Herzog, one which would be great to see him explore in the future.

Final note worth mentioning, since Herzog's early films were notorious for having real animal abuse/killing that may disturb some viewers: Yes, there is a scene of a dead alligator with her guts spilled out, and yes it is real. But according to the DVD extras, the alligator carcass was purchased from (presumably) New Orleans animal control because it was a "nuisance alligator eating people's pets and stuff." I think there was an American Humane "no animals harmed" disclaimer at the end of the movie.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (212 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
So very underrated!! tinjo23
Totally surprised with the movie. Well done bornin83
The spoon (spoilers?) Zapti
Anyone else think this was the FUNNIEST FRIKKIN' MOVIE of the year? genie-13
So, WHY is this named after Ferrara's film? pegasusgiraffe
If you hated this... picturemaker11
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Departed The Dark Knight Magnum Force Beverly Hills Cop Pineapple Express
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.