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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Kellom
Det. Andre DeSoto
Ed Dodge
Bobby McSwain
Charles Ludlam ...
Lamar Parmentel
Vinnie 'The Cannon' DiMotti
Daddy Mention
Chef Paul
Jim Chimento ...
Freddie Angelo
Patrolman (as Edward St. Pe)
Robert Lesser ...
'Silky' Foster


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 <>

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Between them lies the fate of the state of New Orleans See more »


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Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der große Leichtsinn  »

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$17,685,307 (USA)

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The production company was aided greatly in its ability to film in and around New Orleans by the state's Film Commission. Shortly after this film (which is about political corruption) premiered, several members of the Film Commission were indicted in a kickback scandal. See more »


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 »


Remy McSwain: If I can't have you, can I have my gator?
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Referenced in Treme: All on a Mardi Gras Day (2010) See more »


Composed & Performed by Huey P. Smith (as Huey "Piano" Smith)
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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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