The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans

The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans

Werner Herzog (2009)

18 Certificate


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Nicolas Cage gives one of the best performances of his career in this borderline insane film that at one time was labelled a remake of Abel Ferrara's 1992 Bad Lieutenant. Cage plays Lieutenant Terence McDonagh, a police officer in post-Katrina New Orleans who develops a drug problem after picking up a back injury. But while supposedly investigating a gang murder, the demands of his drug habit, massive gambling debt, alcoholic father and hooker girlfriend (Eva Mendes) begin to take their toll on his increasingly frayed existence. Director Werner Herzog, here confirming his position as one of cinema's most interesting and unpredictable directors, claims never to have seen or even heard of Ferrara's tortured-cop drama. That's not difficult to believe, as his picture is certainly a livelier, more human and less portentous take on the theme of one man's journey into a kind of personal hell. It's certainly a lot funnier, too.


A cop injures his back while saving a prisoner during Hurricane Katrina, earning himself a promotion but leaving him hopelessly addicted to painkillers and cocaine. As he investigates the drug-related murder of a family, he begins suffering strange hallucinations. Werner Herzog's drama, with Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes and Val Kilmer.

Cast & Crew

Terence McDonagh Nicolas Cage
Frankie Donnenfield Eva Mendes
Stevie Pruit Val Kilmer
Big Fate Xzibit
Heidi Fairuza Balk
Armand Benoit Shawn Hatosy
Genevieve Jennifer Coolidge
Pat McDonagh Tom Bower
Capt James Brasser Vondie Curtis-Hall
Ned Schoenholtz Brad Dourif
Director Werner Herzog
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 May 2010