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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Remy McSwain
... Anne Osborne
... Jack Kellom
... Det. Andre DeSoto
... McCabe
... Ed Dodge
... Bobby McSwain
Charles Ludlam ... Lamar Parmentel
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... Vinnie 'The Cannon' DiMotti
... Daddy Mention
... 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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Her job is to expose a cop on the take. Putting him away won't be easy. Neither will letting him go. See more »


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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Nothing But The Truth  »

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$17,685,307
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In preparation for his performance, Dennis Quaid spent a month researching New Orleans cops on patrol. 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 »

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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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Referenced in The Undertaker (1988) See more »

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MANON LESCAUT
Performed by György Melis (as Gyorgy Melis)
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
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Good thriller with great chemistry.
19 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Big Easy is a fairly straightforward thriller about police corruption - a little predictable, but with occasional clever touches - but the apparent chemistry between Quaid and Barkin is outstanding, making this one of the steamiest movies I've ever seen (much hotter than 9 1/2 weeks, and with the benefit of a plot and sympathetic characters). Accents aside (I'm only an occasional visitor to New Orleans, and not qualified to judge), the other performances are also excellent, especially Beatty and Goodman as corrupt cops, and there are also some gut-bustingly funny moments and a wonderful soundtrack. The film may not do justice to modern New Orleans, but then, what movie ever did?


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