Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans


Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Critics Consensus

Befitting its unorthodox origins, this Bad Lieutenant benefits from Werner Herzog's typically fearless direction and a delightfully unhinged Nicolas Cage in the title role.



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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 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. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Nicolas Cage
as Terence McDonagh
Eva Mendes
as Frankie Donnenfield
Val Kilmer
as Stevie Pruit
as Big Fate
Shawn Hatosy
as Armand Benoit
Tom Bower
as Pat McDonagh
Brad Dourif
as Ned Schoenholtz
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Captain James Brasser
Irma P. Hall
as Binnie Rogers
Joe Nemmers
as Larry Moy
J.D. Evermore
as Rick Fitzsimon
Tim Bellow
as G (Gary Jenkins)
Lauren Swinney
as Antoinette
Nick Gomez
as Evaristo Chavez
Lance E. Nichols
as Jeremiah Goodhusband
Matt Borel
as Bernie
Gary Grubbs
as Chief of Police
J. Omar Castro
as First Narcotics Detective
Kerry Cahill
as Second Narcotics Detective
Noel Arthur
as Renaldo Hayes
Jedda Jones
as Civilian Aide
Don Yesso
as Client
Robert Pavlovich
as Dr. Milburn
Marco St. John
as Eugene Gratz
Kyle Clements
as Lawrence
Deena Beasley
as Maimouna
Deneen D. Tyler
as Pharmacist
Roger Timber
as Security Guard
Sean Boyd
as Lt. Stoyer
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Critic Reviews for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (125) | Rotten (22)

  • Violent and uneven.

    Apr 4, 2011 | Full Review…

    Lisa Rosman

    Us Weekly
    Top Critic
  • Is redemption possible for this bad lieutenant? At one point, he orders that a dead man be shot again because "his soul is still dancing." If you find God in that line, then welcome to your movie heaven.

    Feb 2, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • I'd rather rot in a New Orleans jail than watch it again. And yet its epiphanies are outrageously sharp, it is beautifully shot by cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger and the ending is a joy.

    May 27, 2010 | Rating: 4/5
  • For me, Ferrara and Keitel will always be the bad lieutenant, but Werner Herzog is probably the only director qualified to take this on, and his bizarre reboot has a fascination all of its own.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Cage does bad so good. Hereâ(TM)s hoping he keeps the crazy coming.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • In fusing European experimentalism and Hollywood boldness, Herzog has created a genuine oddity, a furious and unforgettable hybrid which may well prove to be 2010's most purely enjoyable moviegoing experience.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

  • Sep 29, 2012
    This movie for me never really got going, It's all over the place and there isn't really any main plot the film sticks to, After reading reviews saying how brilliant this was I felt kind of let down but this is just my opinion, The only good thing to take away from it was Cages performance was very well done he played a good solid part but apart from that it's a hard film to get into.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2012
    I'll start off by saying this is a very odd movie. It has some very off-putting tonal shifts, often jumping between trippy, serious, and humorous. Nicolas Cage plays a detective in New Orleans who slowly becomes addicted to painkillers, crack, and cocaine which he takes to suppress the pain from a previous accident that he got from getting a prisoner out of a flooded prison. For one reason or another, the film never shows us exactly how he got hurt. There are some really memorable scenes with Cage, such as when he pulls a gun on a senior citizen and when he does crack with a criminal played by Xzibit. The film falls apart by the ending, which was really bad. The biggest mystery around Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is not its title, but the point of it. I'm not sure what the whole film amounts to, and I'm not sure it amounts to anything. Luckily, Cage is there to save it and he is by far the best thing this film has going for it.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2012
    Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is a dark, edgy crime drama with a convoluted plot that goes to some extreme places. The story involves a police lieutenant that develops a drug addiction, and becomes unhinged during a murder investigate. Nicolas Cage delivers one of the most uninhibited performances of his career, and is joined by Eva Mendes, whose performance is fairly good. However, the story is full of tangents, and it really stretches believability. The directing is also problematic, as there are some rather perplexing shots that are incongruent with the overall style of the film. There are some interesting aspects to Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, but overall it doesn't come together all too well.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2012
    Wow, what a wild ride. Credit Werner Herzog for this one; able to unleash Nick Cage in a way we haven't seen since Leaving Las Vegas, Werner presents a surreal tale of a cop who not only falls from grace, but embraces the fall. There's plenty of imagery to go with the story, and several times I wondered if the whole thing wasn't just a dream within a dream, but by the end you can see that Cage's "Bad Lieutenant" is living a double life - and that he prefers it that way, falling not just under the influence of drugs, but embracing the whole drug world - getting off on his power as a cop to coerce people into supplying his needs. He rides the Tiger - defying the odds and somehow, even though stoned out of his mind, manages either by luck or destiny, to bring down not one, but two drug rings. He rides this wave and survives because, as he stated several times during the film - he simply doesn't care one way or the other. If you do indeed truly embrace the void, Werner seems to be telling us, then nothing is impossible or unlikely. Cage is so delightfully over the top, yet somehow you believe in all the histrionics and quirky mannerisms, whether this is because Werner presents the film partly through a drug filled haze where you aren't sure if what you're watching is real or part of Cage's imagination. The beauty of the film is that it doesn't supply an easy answer. It lays out the action and all its little twists and is so strong in its portrayal that both the happy ending and subsequent "real" one both seem sides of a surreal coin. To say that Werner embraces a Lynchian sensibility in this film wouldn't be far wrong, only the narrative is far more cohesive and alluring than some of Lynch's later work. The surreal passages, from squirming river snakes to singing iguanas all set a tone and have a purpose beyond mere shock value, and are more accessible than Lynch's brand of surrealism. This film isn't perfect, however I have to applaud Werner for taking what could have been another typical cop film and infusing it with a totally new direction. If you are expecting a morality tale here, then you will be disappointed, for there isn't one - and that's a beautiful thing; just as it's beautiful to watch a gifted director walk the tightrope between absurd and relevance.
    paul s Super Reviewer

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