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The Big Easy (1986)

 -  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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McCabe
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Ed Dodge
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Bobby McSwain
Charles Ludlam ...
Lamar Parmentel
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Mama
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Vinnie 'The Cannon' DiMotti
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Daddy Mention
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Chef Paul
Jim Chimento ...
Freddie Angelo
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Patrolman (as Edward St. Pe)
Robert Lesser ...
'Silky' Foster
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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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$17,685,307 (USA)
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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 »

Goofs

When Remy is getting dressed before going to the Storyville Triple Murder scene, he has his shirt, tie and jacket on when he asks if she's sure that he should come back, while standing at the foot of the bed. In the next shot, he is in the doorway with his shirt on but completely unbuttoned, and his jacket and tie over his arm. See more »

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Anne Osborne: [Anne and Remy are on the scene of a triple murder] Why don't you believe that the killers were cops?
Remy McSwain: Because if they were cops, they would've stayed right here. And when we arrived, we would've found plants, guns, knives, all kinds of evidence that they resisted arrest. That's somethin' every cop in the world knows how to do.
Anne Osborne: That sure doesn't surprise me.
Remy McSwain: Oh yeah? Well, you probably know how to bribe a jury too, don't you?
[smiles wickedly]
Remy McSwain: Even though you probably never have, huh?
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TIPITINA
Performed by Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd (as Professor Longhair)
Composed by Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd (as Henry Roeland Byrd)
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Good thriller with great chemistry.
19 April 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Big Easy is a fairly straightforward thriller about police corruption - a little predictable, but with occasional clever touches - but the apparent chemistry between Quaid and Barkin is outstanding, making this one of the steamiest movies I've ever seen (much hotter than 9 1/2 weeks, and with the benefit of a plot and sympathetic characters). Accents aside (I'm only an occasional visitor to New Orleans, and not qualified to judge), the other performances are also excellent, especially Beatty and Goodman as corrupt cops, and there are also some gut-bustingly funny moments and a wonderful soundtrack. The film may not do justice to modern New Orleans, but then, what movie ever did?


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