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The Big Easy (1986)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  21 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
Edward Saint Pe' ...
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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$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 »

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During the final gunfight, Dodge and DeSoto are standing next to each other in one shot, then about a foot apart in the next and finally back together again, actually touching, in the third. See more »

Quotes

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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OH, YEH, YA!
Performed by Terrance Simien & THE MALLET PLAYBOYS
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Interesting; a hoot for the locals
28 December 2002 | by (New Orleans, La.) – See all my reviews

"The Big Easy" is a lot of fun for native New Orleanians. I've never seen this film until yesterday, and it delighted me to see some of my former colleagues in the NOPD Detective Bureau play cops in the movie. Gus Krinke (now retired) actually did a very credible job as portraying an Internal Affairs Detective.

Yes, the 'accents' as portrayed here are unbelievable...many tourists are astonished to learn that most New Orleanians talk almost exactly like they're from Brooklyn, not some backwater swamp.

I understand Quaid enjoyed himself in New Orleans while making this movie, and it clearly shows. Grace Zabriskie (who was actually born in N.O.) was the most believable character. John Goodman liked the place so much he bought a home in the Crescent City.

Quaid and Barkin definitely put some spice in their roles...their chemistry was apparent and believable (unlike Quaid's accent), and their romance was really the only thing believable in this 'police movie'.

BTW, real New Orleans cops don't work out of 'Precinct Houses', sports fans, they're referred to as 'Districts'...New Orleans has 8 (eight) Police Districts. And I was delighted to see that the official ("unofficial") NOPD 'Vulture/star-and-Crescent' Homicide 'badge' was shown so often.

All in all, this film is a lot of fun despite its numerous technical flaws, and I give it 6 out of 10.


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