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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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21 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 »

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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

Sgt. Guerra: Sorry boys, but you know I have to pat everyone down.
Ed Dodge: [as DeSoto begins placing various weapons on the table] Andre here scared of the dark!
Det. Andre DeSoto: Dark, Hell! It's a jungle out there...
Det. Andre DeSoto: [after emptying his pockets of three pistols, two knives, brass knuckles, a black-jack, and a baton] If that don't work, I piss on 'em.
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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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Top Notch Film Noir
7 March 2010 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

We missed this movie when it came out 22 years ago but caught up with it this past weekend. Set in New Orleans, it combines a murder spree with an investigation into police corruption. Dennis Quaid leads the investigation of the murders, while Ellen Barkin is the assistant district attorney looking into police corruption. Ned Beatty is Quaid's superior and John Goodman is a detective on the force.

Without giving away too much of the plot, Quaid's police lieutenant and Barkin's ADA begin on opposite sides. However, sparks fly (quite credibly) between them, and a steamy but very complicated love affair ensues. I'd never seen Quaid or Barkin at this stage in their careers, and later on I would never have thought either of them as movie star beautiful. But they are in this film. Incredibly so.

Ned Beatty and John Goodman make important contributions to the character and scene driven movie. While people from New Orleans have described the movie as totally unrealistic, those of us who've known it only as tourists will greatly enjoy the Cajun flavoring.

Wish I could give you the plot twists and turns that complicate the relationship between Quaid's policeman and Barkin's prosecutor but, trust me, it's a serviceable script and the stars are well aligned in more ways than one.


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