Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

November 20th 2009
  • Action/Drama,
  • R,
  • 121 min,
  • First Look Studios
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes, Fairuza Balk, Jennifer Coolidge, Brad Dourif, Michael Shannon , Shawn Hatosy, Denzel Whitaker, Shea Whigham, Xzibit, Tom Bower, Irma P. Hall, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Katie Chonacas, Brandi Coleman, Lance E. Nichols, Brandy Moon, Marco St. John, Jillian Batherson, J.D. Evermore, Tony Bentley, Kyle Russell Clements, Sam Medina
  • Director: Werner Herzog
  • Writer: William Finkelstein
  • Producers: Stephen Belafonte, Nicolas Cage, Randall Emmett, Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky, Edward R. Pressman, John Thompson
  • Co Producer: Melanie Brown
  • Executive Producers: Alessandro Camon, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Avi Lerner, Diego J. Martinez, Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, Trevor Short
  • Castings: Jenny Jue, Johanna Ray
  • Costume Design: Jill Newell
  • D.O.P.: Peter Zeitlinger
  • Editor: Joe Bini
  • Makeup: Stacy Kelly
  • Music: Mark Isham
  • Production Design: Toby Corbett
  • Set Decoration: Luke Cauthern


In Werner Herzog's new film "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs -- while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes).

Together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience. The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking: equally sad and manically humorous.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Mississippi, USA; New Orleans, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Drug use and language throughout, some violence and sexuality
  • Production Companies: Edward R. Pressman Film, Lieutenant Productions, Millennium Films, Nu Image Films, Polsky Films, Saturn Films
  • Production Schedule: 8 July 2008 - 26 August 2008

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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.

Although being promoted as a remake of Bad Lieutenant (1992) during its early production, director Werner Herzog claims that this is not a remake. He says he has never seen the original and therefore does not consider this movie a remake. Additionally, producers seemed to have added "Bad Lieutenant" to the title in order to get a better marketing. Whether remake, re-imagining, follow-up or none of the aforementioned, both movies are clearly connected by the basic plot of following a drug addicted, violent cop during his encounters with crime and sex.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 11 September 2009: Italy
  • 17 September 2009: Greece
  • 8 October 2009: Israel
  • 6 November 2009: Romania
  • 26 November 2009: Russia
  • 2 December 2009: Belgium
  • 8 January 2010: Sweden
  • 14 January 2010: Germany, Netherlands
  • 15 January 2010: Austria
  • 3 March 2010: France