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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

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Director: Werner Herzog

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer


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Abel Ferrara's cult crime drama Bad Lieutenant is given a sister film with this Werner Herzog-helmed production that takes its inspiration from the original, but focuses on new characters and plotlines. Nicolas Cage steps into


Abel Ferrara's cult crime drama Bad Lieutenant is given a sister film with this Werner Herzog-helmed production that takes its inspiration from the original, but focuses on new characters and plotlines. Nicolas Cage steps into Harvey Keitel's mold of a corrupt and drug-addled police officer, with the scummy setting moving from New York City to New Orleans. Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, and Xzibit co-star in the Nu Image/Millennium Films picture.

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Is it possible to write a raving two-star review? With this bewildering chimera of a movie, Werner Herzog has proven that he is incapable of making a boring film. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans succeeds brilliantly as failure, as Herzog and the terrifically inept Nicolas Cage manipulate the conventions of the police genre for their own personal amusement, foregoing the standard tedium of inflated narrative tension and score-driven suspense in favor of moments of delirious dissonance and peculiar humor. The film's relation to its predecessor, Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, is never quite clear, other than the presence of a police protagonist with a penchant for cheap sex, expensive drugs, and gambling on sports. Cage hobbles through the title role of Lieutenant Terence McDonagh like a crackhead Quasimodo, ingesting a chemical mélange of substances to stave off the pain of a chronic back injury as he tries to solve the brutal slaying of a Senegalese family in New Orleans. Cage visibly sheds charisma as the film progresses, devolving from a cocky showboat cop into a squawking dope who desperately projects false bravado and periodically erupts with awkward bursts of incoherent gibberish. Herzog gleefully feeds his scene-chewing star, adding to the already hallucinatory atmosphere of New Orleans with some incongruous iguanas, one alligator carcass, and the incomparable Brad Dourif. Val Kilmer makes an appearance, confirming rumors that he is still alive, and Eva Mendes smolders quite adequately as McDonagh's requisite prostitute/girlfriend. Herzog drives the preposterous plot off the rails early, and then begins discarding seemingly essential narrative elements like ballast from a sinking ship. For instance, while McDonagh is in the midst of a heated interrogation, trying to locate an elusive suspect, the wanted man simply walks into the police station and surrenders. Later, a key witness to the crime vanishes from McDonagh's custody, and is quickly forgotten. Herzog shreds the potboiler drama like wrapping paper, unveiling absurd little gifts like a twitching close-up of the aforementioned iguanas, an obnoxious arcade machine that mechanically chants, "Insert more coins! Insert more coins!" -- and 2009's most quotable movie line: "Shoot him again! His soul is still dancing." As the convoluted delta of assorted plotlines empty into a glimmering gulf of a finale, Herzog manages to skewer both the Hollywood happy ending and the Bush administration's response to Katrina. If Herzog's goal was to craft a compelling police drama, then he failed miserably, but if he intended to create a magnificent cinematic mess, then mission accomplished!

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Alchemy / Millennium
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]

Special Features

Bad Lieutenant: port of call New Orleans digital photography book; photos by Lena Herzog; The making of Bad Lieutenant: port of call New Orleans; Theatrical trailer; Alternate trailer; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Terence McDonagh
Eva Mendes Frankie Donnenfield
Val Kilmer Stevie Pruit
Xzibit Big Fate
Fairuza Balk Heidi
Shawn Hatosy Armand Benoit
Jennifer Coolidge Genevieve
Tom Bower Pat McDonagh
Vondie Curtis-Hall Capt. James Brasser
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
Tim Bellow G (Gary Jenkins)
Lucius Baston Midget
Lauren Swinney Antoinette
Nick Gomez Evaristo Chavez
William M. Finkelstein Dave Jacobs
Samuel Medina Andy
Lance E. Nichols Jeremiah Goodhusband
Tony Bentley Hurley
Jeremy Aaron Johnson Yasco
Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson Dub
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 Whitney Pennington Woman
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
Dorinda Deena Beasley Maimouna
Deneen D. Tyler Pharmacist
Roger Timber Security Guard
Joshua Gillum Host
Sean Boyd Lt. Stoyer
Katie Chonacas Tina
Brandi Coleman Yvonne
Michael Zimbrich Waiter
Trenton Perez Boy
Stephanie Honoré Girl

Technical Credits
Werner Herzog Director
Stephen Belafonte Producer
Joe Bini Editor
Alessandro Camon Executive Producer
Tony Corbett Production Designer
Boaz Davidson Executive Producer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Randall Emmett Producer
William M. Finkelstein Screenwriter
Mark Isham Score Composer
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Jill Newell Costumes/Costume Designer
Gabe Polsky Producer
Alan Polsky Producer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Johanna Ray Casting
Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt Executive Producer
Trevor Short Executive Producer
John Thompson Producer
Peter Zeitlinger Cinematographer


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