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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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Patrolman (as Edward St. Pe)
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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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Der große Leichtsinn  »

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$17,685,307 (USA)
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The film's title was suggested by star Dennis Quaid. See more »

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Later in the final gunfight, DeSoto fires his shotgun twice without pumping it. See more »

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Sgt. Guerra: Sorry boys, but you know I have to pat everyone down.
Ed Dodge: [as DeSoto begins placing various weapons on the table] Andre here scared of the dark!
Det. Andre DeSoto: Dark, Hell! It's a jungle out there...
Det. Andre DeSoto: [after emptying his pockets of three pistols, two knives, brass knuckles, a black-jack, and a baton] If that don't work, I piss on 'em.
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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TELL IT LIKE IT IS
Performed by Aaron Neville & the Neville Brothers
Composed by Diamond G. Davis
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A Keeper!!
31 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having just watched my video tape of this film again, I found it is just as enjoyable today as it was back when it was first released. People who live in New Orleans have written that it is unrealistic!! This is news about movies?! If we want realism we can go out our front door and go to any city and run with the cops for a shift. Almost all big cities have ride along programs.

No, this is a FILM. And a good one, perfectly cast. The story of the corruption in a big city police department is a staple of cop films but is done with a fresh set of characters who are believeable.

Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barken are at the top of their career curve and play off each other to great effect. Their steamy love scene is as good as has been done in film.

Many good character actors fill out the rest of the cast and of course the music is just wonderful setting the mood for film. I don't know if this was filmed in New Orleans, but it sure looked like some of the city I visited years ago. I came for a convention and the host committee had some men who spoke just like some of these people in the film. Of course, they were from all the different suburbs and the city too. So maybe some of the critics who live there should get around more.

Just watch and enjoy.


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