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The Big Easy (1986)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  28 August 1987 (USA)
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Set in New Orleans. Remy McSwain, lieutenant in Homicide finds that he has two problems, the first of a series of gang killings and Ann Osborne, a beautiful attorney from the D.A.'s police ... See full summary »

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Jack Kellom
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Det. Andre DeSoto
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Ed Dodge
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Bobby McSwain
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Lamar Parmentel
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Vinnie 'The Cannon' DiMotti
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Freddie Angelo
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Robert Lesser ...
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Set in New Orleans. Remy McSwain, lieutenant in Homicide finds that he has two problems, the first of a series of gang killings and Ann Osborne, a beautiful attorney from the D.A.'s police corruption task force in his office. He begins a relationship with her as the killings continue only to have charges filed against him for accepting bribes as he stumbles on a police corruption Sting. While this is happening, the criminals insist that none of the crime gangs are behind the killings. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The orchestral music playing on the stereo while Anne is on the phone is from the fourth act of Giacomo Puccini's "Manon Lescaut", which takes place on an arid plain just outside New Orleans. See more »

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When Anne calls Remy to apologize for leaving his apartment so abruptly that morning (when she first met Remy's brother), it looks as though she's calling at dusk or nightfall. The view out her office window is darkened. Yet, when Remy is shown talking to her from his office at the police station, it's bright and sunny outside. The sun is shining brightly and it looks to be high-noon. Not so on Anne's end, where outside it looks to be dusk, or later. See more »

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Lamar Parmentel: New Orleans is a marvelous environment for coincidence.
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You're a cop for God's sake, you're supposed to uphold the law, but instead you bend it and twist it and sell it.
14 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Big Easy is directed by Jim McBride and written by Daniel Petrie Jr. It stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman and Ned Beatty. Music is scored by Brad Fiedel and cinematography by Affonso Beato.

Remy McSwain (Quaid) is a slightly corrupt New Orleans cop, who whilst investigating the murder of a mob man, finds himself under scrutiny by assistant district attorney Anne Osborne (Barkin). The waters start to become muddied when the pair begin to have a passionate affair, just as the can opens and worms spill out everywhere.

It's an odd film at times, a bit too jovial to be considered proper neo-noir, and Quaid's Southern accent takes some getting used too. It's also nearly derailed in quality as conventionality dominates the last quarter of film.Yet judged on its own thriller terms it entertains well enough whilst also having some neat technical touches to help it along. Petrie's script contains spiky dialogue and a number of bravura sequences light up the otherwise standard crooked cop story.

McBride dose good work on this, he opens his film up with a cracker of a camera tracker, and he makes good use of the New Orleans locations. He also has a good sense of prop choices to help the mood, none more so than with a scene involving Mardi Gras costumes, whilst he gets strength for the film by garnering tense and sexy performances out of Quaid and Barkin. Support actors also leave good marks, with Goodman as a cop colleague dominating the screen and Charles Ludlam almost stealing the film as McSwain's dry and near sleazy lawyer. Soundtrack, too, is well thought out, with the Cajun flavours spicing up the sweaty Orleans stew. 7/10


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