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The Big Easy (1986)

A corrupt lieutenant in the homicide division is threatened by the righteous DA while trying to solve a string of mysterious murders.

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Vinnie 'The Cannon' DiMotti
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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
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In preparation for his performance, Dennis Quaid spent a month researching New Orleans cops on patrol. 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

Remy McSwain: Oh, man, now they're killing retards.
McCabe: Then why ain't you dead?
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Referenced in The Undertaker (1988) See more »

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FOR YOUR LOVE I WOULD PAY ANY PRICE
Performed by Terrance Simien & THE MALLET PLAYBOYS
Composed by Terrance Simien
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Good thriller with great chemistry.
19 April 2001 | by 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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