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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.

Director:

Jim McBride

Writer:

Daniel Petrie Jr. (screenplay by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Remy McSwain
Ellen Barkin ... Anne Osborne
Ned Beatty ... Jack Kellom
John Goodman ... Det. Andre DeSoto
Lisa Jane Persky ... McCabe
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Ed Dodge
Tom O'Brien ... Bobby McSwain
Charles Ludlam Charles Ludlam ... Lamar Parmentel
Grace Zabriskie ... Mama
Marc Lawrence ... Vinnie 'The Cannon' DiMotti
Solomon Burke ... Daddy Mention
Gailard Sartain ... Chef Paul
Jim Chimento Jim Chimento ... Freddie Angelo
Edward Saint Pe' Edward Saint Pe' ... Patrolman (as Edward St. Pe)
Robert Lesser Robert Lesser ... 'Silky' Foster
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Storyline

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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A cop and a lady lawyer caught in an explosive truth of police corruption See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Ea$y See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,685,307
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kings Road Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The period of principal photography on this picture ran for around fifty days. See more »

Goofs

Tugboats are powered by diesel engines. Diesel fuel is incapable of exploding. See more »

Quotes

Lamar Parmentel: New Orleans is a marvelous environment for coincidence.
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Alternate Versions

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. See more »


Soundtracks

CLOSER TO YOU
Performed by Dennis Quaid
Lyrics by Dennis Quaid
Music by Dennis Quaid and Terrance Simien
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Rollicking funhouse of a romantic cop thriller
25 February 2016 | by NateWatchesCoolMoviesSee all my reviews

For a film about violence, crime and police corruption, The Big Easy sure is easy going and colorful. The characters are the liveliest bunch of rascals and it's a pleasure to spend every minute with them. Dennis Quaid plays cocky New Orleans detective Remy McSwain, a swaggering smooth talker who's gotten wealthy taking payoffs, a dude whose silky charm matches his swanky suits. He's gotten used to the easy life in the police department, with a captain who looks the other way (Ned Beatty brings a jovial, rotund presence), and colleagues (John Goodman is perfectly cast as the witty loudmouth of the bunch) who are just as happily willing to bend the rules as him. Trouble arrives in the sultry form of D.A. corruption task force specialist Anne Osborne (a swelteringly hot Ellen Barkin) who leans on Quaid as heavily as he hits on her. There's immediate and electric chemistry between them, which she adamantly fights, and he chases like a horn dog pursuing the bumper of a speeding Buick. Quaid and Barkin have the same spitfire sheen to their work, their careers dotted with performances that are flashy yet brave, pulpy yet laced with depth. Here they're having oodles of fun and carry the entire film on their crackling star power and romantic spark alone. There's also a subplot involving a rash of gang killings, as well as family matters involving Quaid's vivacious Cajun clan, including his Momma (monumentally talented Grace Zabriskie). It's a lively hodge-podge of plot elements we've seen a zillion times, but given such flippant style and good natured southern hospitality that we can't help but be won over. There's some lovely live performed Cajun music as well to add extra spice.


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