Werner Herzog's remake of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant (1993) has the same protagonists: a cocaine-crazed and flipped-out cop - memorably played in the original by Harvey Keitel, in the remake by Nicolas Cage. Herzog, who claims he never saw the original, moved the setting from the streets of New York to New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It is the turf of detective Terence McDonaugh (Cage), who puts his teeth into the murder of five Senegalese illegal immigrants. It looks like a typical case of settling up in the drugs world. His quest for the killer takes him to the seamiest sides of ‘The Big Easy’. McDonaugh, addicted to pain killers, get hopelessly lost during his criminal odyssey. Gambling debts, problems with his girlfriend annex prostitute Frankie (Eva Mendes) and his being suspended don't make his life any easier.


Filmmaker
Werner Herzog
Country
USA
Year
2009
Medium
35mm
Length
121’
Language
English, Spanish
Production Company
Nu Image / Millennium Films, Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation (LA), Polsky Films, Saturn Films
Sales
Nu Image / Millennium Films
Writer
William Finkelstein
Cinematography
Peter Zeitlinger
Editor
Joe Bini
Production Design
Toby Corbett
Sound Design
Michael Baird
Music
Mark Isham
Cast
Michael Shannon