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(1986)

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Both Ellen Barkin and Dennis Quaid consider this the favorite of all the films they've made.
The film's title was suggested by star Dennis Quaid.
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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.
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Jim Garrison, the judge in Remy's bribery case, is an actual lawyer and judge who worked in New Orleans. He was, for a time, the city's district attorney. A case he had while in that position was the subject of Oliver Stone's film JFK (1991). Garrison was played by Kevin Costner.
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According to Robert Redford, this was the first film ever "sold" at a Sundance Film Festival.
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Reportedly, star Robert Redford has said that he literally dragged British producer David Puttnam, who was the CEO of Columbia Pictures at the time, to a screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival. Afterwards, Puttnam then picked-up the picture for distribution.
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In preparation for his performance, Dennis Quaid spent a month researching New Orleans cops on patrol.
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The signature New Orleans setting was actually a late change in the development of the film. The original title of the script was Windy City, and set in Chicago. The change in location is attributed to a suggestion by then Production Executive Ken Aguado, who was a recent graduate of Tulane University.
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According to the Wikipedia website, "the producers used well-known locations [in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA] such as Tipitina's, Antoine's, Blaine Kern's warehouse full of Mardi Gras parade floats, and a French Quarter strip joint, to flesh out the mood of the film."
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Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Bill Paxton, Kevin bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, jeff bridges, Sean penn, Michael Nouri, Kurt Russell, Patrick Swayze, John Travolta, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone were considered to play Lt. Remy mcswain.
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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.
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The movie was spun-off as a television series for two seasons on the USA Network during 1996 and 1997 [See: The Big Easy (1996)].
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The film's use of fast-paced dialogue was inspired by the films of Howard Hawks.
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David Byrne acted as a music consultant, but received no credit on the finished film.
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The period of principal photography on this picture ran for around fifty days.
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The principals in the lead cast rehearsed for the film for around three weeks prior to the beginning of shooting.
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This cinema film was made and released around just four years after a tele-movie which had the same name which was The Big Easy (1982). Both titles involved crime and were set in the city of New Orleans in Louisiana, USA.
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One of numerous movies where actor Marc Lawrence has portrayed a criminal-gangster-mobster type character.
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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."
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The names of boats featured in the film were "Faux Pas II" of the Port of New Orleans and "La Mordida".
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The nick-name of Foster (Robert Lesser) was "Silky" whilst the nick-name of Vinnie DiMotti (Marc Lawrence) was "The Cannon".
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The acronym "N.O.P.D" stood for the New Orleans Police Department.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

While the UK theatrical release ends with the boat exploding, a fade out and cutting to Remy and Anne dancing around on their wedding night, the UK video release has an extra scene which features Anne talking Remy out of resigning and Remy proposing marriage.
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