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->'''[=McDonagh=]:''' Shoot him again!
->'''Midget:''' What for?
->'''[=McDonagh=]:''' His soul's still dancing!

''[The] Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'', made in 2009 by Creator/WernerHerzog, follows Terrence [=McDonagh=] (played by NicolasCage), a police officer in post-Katrina UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, as he investigates the deaths of five Senegalese immigrants connected to a drug ring. While tracking down drug kingpin "Big Fate", [=McDonagh=] engages in his vices of gambling, drugs and sex (sometimes at the same time), getting high off of everything from marijuana to prescription painkillers and betting heavily on football games.

The film is openly inspired by the 1992 crime drama ''Film/BadLieutenant'' by Creator/AbelFerrara (which was set in UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}}). Both films showcase the same basic character, but the two movies are different enough that Herzog rejected the label of "remake" being applied to his film. Ferrara's Lieutenant and [=McDonagh=] are also somewhat dissimilar, with the Lieutenant having actual feelings of regret and remorse about his actions, while [=McDonagh=] just indulges in his habits more and more, using his position to get him whatever he wants.

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!This film provides examples of:

* AntiHero: [=McDonaugh=]. He's on the side of good and working to solve the murders, but he comes ''this'' close to almost being a villain in his own right. He's corrupt, a drug and gambling addict, steals from other cops and suspects, tortures people he interrogates, and blackmails female suspects to have sex with him. He still loves his family and girlfriend, and draws the line at point blank murder. The circumstances that caused him to become a drug addict in the first place are also somewhat tragic.
* BabiesEverAfter: At the film's end, [[spoiler:we see that Frankie is pregnant]].
* BadCopIncompetentCop: The NOPD. Most of the other detectives aren't anywhere near as bad as [=McDonagh=] (except, perhaps, Stevie), but they do cover for him and some of them are even complicit in his crimes.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: [[spoiler:How [=McDonagh=] gets rid of the gangsters an angry real estate mogul has set on him.]]
* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: The chief roadblock to cracking the case.
* BlackComedy: In case you didn't realize: it's a comedy. Probably.
* ChewingTheScenery: NicolasCage plus massive amounts of drugs equals this.
* ClusterFBomb: More so than the Ferrara version.
* CoitusUninterruptus: See the trope page for a the {{squick}}y details.
* CreatorCameo: The screenwriter, William Finkelstein, appears as one of the gangsters sent to kill [=McDonagh=] by Frankie's disgruntled client.
* CrimeAfterCrime: Terrence [=McDonagh=], this is your life.
* DaChief: Captain Brasser.
* DevilInPlainSight: [=McDonagh=].
* DirtyCop: Oh, ''so'' dirty.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The opening five minutes of the movie, in which [=McDonagh=] taunts a helpless prisoner stuck in rising water before rescuing him (thus throwing out his back), establish two things about him - he's an asshole, and more importantly he will do literally ''anything'' that comes to mind.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [=McDonagh=] finally draws the line at [[spoiler:flat-out murdering Big Fate]].
* FixingTheGame: [=McDonagh=] catches a star college quarterback buying pot and blackmails him into shaving points on his next game. [[spoiler:The quarterback can't bring himself to do it and fakes an injury to get out of the game, but his team still fails to beat the spread anyway.]]
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: See exhibit A on the right side.
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: [[spoiler:How [=McDonagh=] gets Big Fate.]]
* FunctionalAddict: [=McDonagh=], although he's always in danger of stepping over the fine line between "functional" and "non-functional."
* GainaxEnding: The film ends with [[spoiler: [=McDonagh=] and the guy he saved in the film's beginning hanging out in an aquarium, with [=McDonagh=] high as a kite and wondering if fish have dreams. The scene before it establishes that the guy is going to help [=McDonaugh=] with his addiction so it's not completely oblique, but the aquarium thing still comes out of nowhere.]]
* TheGamblingAddict: [=McDonagh=].
* GoodCopBadCop: [=McDonagh=] and Stevie play this while interviewing potential witnesses. (Except they're not playing: Stevie really was going to start beating that guy up.)
* HandCannon[=/=]RevolversAreJustBetter: [=McDonagh=] carries the legendary .44 Magnum.
* HardboiledDetective: [=McDonagh=].
* TheHedonist: [=McDonagh=], whose pursuits mostly consist of getting high and getting laid. When they say he's "bad," they're not kidding around.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: [=McDonagh=]'s friend Frankie.
* HookersAndBlow: And pot...and crack...and smack...
* InNameOnly: Herzog outright stated that ''Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'' was neither a sequel nor a remake of 1992's ''Film/BadLieutenant''. Didn't stop Ferrara from screaming that everyone involved in this film should die.
* KarmaHoudini: [=McDonagh=] spends the entire movie taking advantages of every single person and changing allegiances as soon as he can see a benefit, but in the span of 15 minutes he [[spoiler: arrests the bad guy, gets the despots after him killed, pays off all his gambling debts, gets promoted to Captain, gets his girlfriend, father and step-mother clean from their personal addiction, has a baby on the way and ''hasn't changed one bit''.]] If that's not evading karma, I don't know what is.
* KavorkaMan: Cage plays [=McDonagh=] like RichardNixon mixed with Creator/LaurenceOlivier's version of Theatre/RichardIII, yet he still has Creator/EvaMendes and Creator/FairuzaBalk falling all over themselves to get him into bed.
* KillerCop: [[spoiler:Stevie.]]
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The ending.
* MushroomSamba: "What are these fucking iguanas doing on my coffee table?"
* MyGirlIsASlut: See HookerWithAHeartOfGold.
* NiceShoes: [=McDonaugh=] clearly has a thing for [[http://images.celebritymoviearchive.com/members/thumbs/f/Fairuza%20Balk%20-%20The%20Bad%20Lieutenant%20Port%20of%20Call%20New%20Orleans_2.jpg Heidi's motorcycle-cop boots]].
* TheOner: When arresting a suspect who's holed up in his house, [=McDonaugh=] orders his unit to keep their guns trained on the front door. Then the camera follows him as he circles around through the neighbor's adjacent house, enters through the back door, puts his gun right against the back of the suspect's head, and marches him out right through the front door.
* PoliceBrutality: [=McDonagh=] loves to stick his HandCannon in people's faces and there's a scene where he [[spoiler:deprives an elderly woman of oxygen]] in order to get her nurse to talk.
* QuickNip: [=McDonagh=] does this all the time. At one point, he lights up a joint while interviewing a suspect...with half his squad standing just behind the door.
* RabidCop: Stevie. [=McDonagh=] starts turning into one over the course of the film.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: [=McDonagh=]'s operating principle. Things get hairy when he starts abusing people whose relatives can say ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections
* TheTheTitleConfusion
* TitleDrop: A partial example, or an entire one if you go by the film's original title.
-->'''Chavez:''' Are you still working with the police department?
-->'''[=McDonaugh=]:''' Port of call still New Orleans.
* {{Unishment}}: [=McDonagh=]'s punishment for using excessive force against [[spoiler:an elderly woman on oxygen]]? He's temporarily reassigned to the evidence room, which just allows him to steal whatever drugs he likes without having to go looking for addicts to rob.
* XanatosSpeedChess: [=McDonagh=] starts playing this toward the end of the movie. Especially impressive, since he was high on at least three different controlled substances at the time.

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