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The Big Easy (1986)

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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Her job is to expose a cop on the take. Putting him away won't be easy. Neither will letting him go. See more »


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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Nothing But The Truth  »

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$17,685,307 (USA)
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According to the American Film Institute: "The location of Remy's first date with Anne was a Cajun dance hall called Rosie's, an establishment that closed after the film completed." 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 »

Quotes

Ed Dodge: Andre's afraid of the dark.
[as DeSoto drops various guns, knives, brass knuckles and assorted weapons on the table]
Det. Andre DeSoto: Uh uh, it's a jungle out there. If that don't work, I piss on 'em.
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Spin-off The Big Easy (1996) 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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Steamy romance and an interesting thriller...
31 August 2002 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

I've seen various comments from those who say "The Big Easy" is one huge stereotype and/or unrealistic. Well, sure, the stereotypes exist here, but I feel that the directing of Jim McBride and excellent acting and chemistry of Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin rose above it.

As for its being unrealistic...so is almost every movie ever made!

Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin had phenomenal chemistry as Remy McSwain and Anne Osborne. Their first love scene was, by turns, steamy, tender, and touched with a sense of not taking itself too, too seriously as some love scenes tend to do. Out of the bedroom, they prove to be just as interesting as in (Remy's "gray" concept of right and wrong definitely adds to such interest, as does his "crisis of conscience" later on), and that is truly, IMHO, a rare feat for a lot of such films.

Add in a great supporting cast (Ned Beatty's crooked, yet fatherly Jack Kellom, John Goodman's dirty cop André, Grace Zabriskie as Mrs. McSwain, Lisa Jane Persky as Det. McCabe, and many more) that actually lends more depth to what could have been a cut-and-dried shoot 'em up flick (mixed with some bed scenes for variety), as well as characters/actors who actually play off of each other well, and the film is very entertaining.

Sure, the whole "gumbo, let's party, Cajun fest" thing can be a bit much, but I still found this film a whole bunch better than a lot of films made in the same or similar vein. It also still seems remarkably fresh today, 15 years later (even if typing police reports via a typewriter now seems a bit passé).

In other words and in short, I am glad to own this on DVD and have it in my library.


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