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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:
... Terence McDonagh
... Frankie Donnenfield
... Stevie Pruit
... Big Fate (as Alvin 'Xzibit' Joiner)
... Heidi
... Armand Benoit
... Genevieve
... Pat McDonagh
... Captain James Brasser (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
... Ned Schoenholtz
... Daryl
... Binnie Rogers
... Justin
... Mundt
... 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>

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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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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$245,398, 22 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,697,956, 28 February 2010
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1.85 : 1
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When arriving at the RTA with the alligator a string/wire can be seen moving the animals leg. See more »


Terence McDonagh: [a dog is barking in the distance as Terrence approaches the house] Hey! What's wrong?
Genevieve: Your father's mad at me 'cause I can't take care of his fucking dog...
Terence McDonagh: Well why does he need you to take care of it?
Genevieve: Cause! He's goin' back into AA. He says he can deal with anymore responsibilities bsides he said he's gotta stop drinking. I mean, it ain't like I don't wanna take care of it... but I leave at seven o'clock in the morning to go to work!
Terence McDonagh: Let me talk to him.
Genevieve: I try to be a good wife to him, ...
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Written by Eddie Miller, James Pebworth, Robert Yount
Performed by Johnny Adams
Published by Roschelle Music Publishing/Sony ATV Acuff Rose Music Publishing (BMI)
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Courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation
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A waste of a good cast
10 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL – NEW ORLEANS, started off as a type of cop thriller – based in New Orleans following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina …

Nicholas Cage (Raising Arizona, Face Off, Con Air) plays dirty cop Terence McDonagh investigating the murder of an immigrant family who were involved with drugs, his life takes a turn for the worse when injuring his back whilst saving the life of a prisoner – his injuries giving him so much pain that he turns to stealing drugs from criminals to feed his constantly growing habit

This film lost it's way early on in the story and never recovered in that every time that the tension built up to a climax the director would go off on some zany weird tangent that had nothing to do with the story – trying, but failing to emulate the style of the Coen brothers.

Ultimately this was a very poorly directed movie that didn't know where it was going or what it was trying to achieve, and a surprising bad film from quite a revered Director Werner Herzog

Although it should be said that there was such a strong cast and noteworthy performances by Eva Mendes (Frankie Donnenfield) as the love interest, Brad Dourif (Ned Schoenholtz) as a bookie, Jennifer Coolidge (Genevieve) as the Mother and Val Vilmer (Stevie Pruit) as the violent cop – there was really nothing that could save this film.

With the twists and turns in the plot – this film could have gone in any of ten directions – and I'm pretty sure that any of the other nine directions would have made a better movie.

The title of the movie suggests that this is one of a series of BAD LIEUTENANT films - Note to self: Don't bother watching any more of this series

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