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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 ... '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 »

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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$353,259, 23 August 1987

Gross USA:

$17,685,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,685,307
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Byrne acted as a music consultant, but received no credit on the finished film. See more »

Goofs

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

SAVIOUR, PASS ME NOT
Performed by The Swan Silvertones
Arranged by Claude Jeter (as Claude Geter)
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The New Orleans police force on display
14 June 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin star in "The Big Easy," a 1986 film set in New Orleans, and also starring Ned Beatty, John Goodman, and Grace Zabriskie.

I know an attorney who won a huge civil rights case in New Orleans and then had to run for her life with her family when her life was continuously threatened. The New Orleans police force has the reputation of being the most corrupt police force in the United States. That's saying something.

That corruption is visited here in this story of a mildly corrupt cop Remy (Quaid) investigating a series of murders of low-level drug people. The assigned assistant district attorney, Anne Osborne (Barkin) assumes from the get-go, because of the presence of a cop car at one of the murders, that the police are involved.

That's the background for a hot love affair between these two sexy characters who really steam up the screen. Quaid is delightful as the high-flying Remy, and he gets to show his range as an actor - going from flirtatious playboy to a grief-stricken man. Barkin is perfect as a woman trying to stay professional but finding it nearly impossible.

This film has some serious and disturbing moments, but the locale and the actors infuse it with charm and energy. Well directed by Jim McBride, who keeps up the pace.

Recommended.


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