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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 overview, first billed only:
... Remy McSwain
... Anne Osborne
... Jack Kellom
... Det. Andre DeSoto
... McCabe
... Ed Dodge
... Bobby McSwain
Charles Ludlam ... Lamar Parmentel
... Mama
... 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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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Nothing But The Truth  »

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$17,685,307
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The period of principal photography on this picture ran for around fifty days. 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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Anne Osborne: That's OK. I never did have much luck with sex anyway.
Remy McSwain: Your luck's about to change, cher.
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Referenced in Treme: All on a Mardi Gras Day (2010) See more »

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DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT
Composed & Performed by Huey P. Smith (as Huey "Piano" Smith)
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A Keeper!!
31 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Having just watched my video tape of this film again, I found it is just as enjoyable today as it was back when it was first released. People who live in New Orleans have written that it is unrealistic!! This is news about movies?! If we want realism we can go out our front door and go to any city and run with the cops for a shift. Almost all big cities have ride along programs.

No, this is a FILM. And a good one, perfectly cast. The story of the corruption in a big city police department is a staple of cop films but is done with a fresh set of characters who are believeable.

Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barken are at the top of their career curve and play off each other to great effect. Their steamy love scene is as good as has been done in film.

Many good character actors fill out the rest of the cast and of course the music is just wonderful setting the mood for film. I don't know if this was filmed in New Orleans, but it sure looked like some of the city I visited years ago. I came for a convention and the host committee had some men who spoke just like some of these people in the film. Of course, they were from all the different suburbs and the city too. So maybe some of the critics who live there should get around more.

Just watch and enjoy.


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