Rated R · 121 minutes · 2009

Crime drama
Other than the name, this has nothing to do with the Harvey Keitel police drama in which he showed off his junk. Nicolas Cage is at his gonzo best as Terence, a New Orleans cop who, after getting injured on duty, suffers from major back pain. He gets addicted to painkillers and other drugs, and this starts to have a nasty effect on his daily routine. Cage here makes up for all of the crap he’s participated in over the last five years; this is his best performance of the decade. Director Werner Herzog gives Cage many moments to go batshit, and Cage does so with glee. (His stare-down with a couple of iguanas is a classic.) Eva Mendes (Cage’s co-star in Ghost Rider) is very good as Terence’s hooker girlfriend, while Xzibit gets his best acting work yet as a drug dealer. This is one of the year’s craziest movies.
Official Site: www.badlt.com
Director: Werner Herzog
Producer: Edward R. Pressman, Randall Emmett, Alan Polsky, Gaby Polsky, Stephen Belafonte, Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and Elliot Rosenblatt
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Alvin Joiner, Fairuza Balk, Shawn Hatosy, Jennifer Coolidge, Tom Bower, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Irma Hall, Denzel Whitaker, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham and Lucius Baston


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Memphis Flyer Crazy, For You The latest Bad Lieutenant isn't good or bad. It just is. by Chris Herrington 01/21/2010
The Coast Halifax Cage indulges in lunacy in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Tragic and absurdist, this film travels through drugs, violence, sex, gangsters and hallucinations. by Mark Palermo 12/10/2009
Charleston City Paper Crack Is Whack There was a point in time when remakes and reboots weren't as prevalent as they are now — in 2009 the offerings included Star Trek, Fame, Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine, The Taking of Pelham 123, and James Cameron's epic mash-up of two films, Dances With Wolves and The Smurfs and the Magic Flute — sorry, Avatar. We're just kidding about the last one. Sort of. by Kevin Young 12/09/2009
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Colorado Springs Independent The big sleazy Even if you're a film buff who loathes remakes, the announcement of the filming of Bad Lieutenant had to be easier to take. You only needed to consider the filmmakers involved to be certain that this version would be very different. by Scott Renshaw 01/28/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans, Edge of Darkness, When in Rome and more. 01/28/2010

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