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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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nothing But The Truth 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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 Notes on Craft: Structure (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

FORE DAY IN THE MORNING
Composed & Performed by Huey P. Smith (as Huey "Piano" Smith)
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Interesting; a hoot for the locals
28 December 2002 | by James PrineSee all my reviews

"The Big Easy" is a lot of fun for native New Orleanians. I've never seen this film until yesterday, and it delighted me to see some of my former colleagues in the NOPD Detective Bureau play cops in the movie. Gus Krinke (now retired) actually did a very credible job as portraying an Internal Affairs Detective.

Yes, the 'accents' as portrayed here are unbelievable...many tourists are astonished to learn that most New Orleanians talk almost exactly like they're from Brooklyn, not some backwater swamp.

I understand Quaid enjoyed himself in New Orleans while making this movie, and it clearly shows. Grace Zabriskie (who was actually born in N.O.) was the most believable character. John Goodman liked the place so much he bought a home in the Crescent City.

Quaid and Barkin definitely put some spice in their roles...their chemistry was apparent and believable (unlike Quaid's accent), and their romance was really the only thing believable in this 'police movie'.

BTW, real New Orleans cops don't work out of 'Precinct Houses', sports fans, they're referred to as 'Districts'...New Orleans has 8 (eight) Police Districts. And I was delighted to see that the official ("unofficial") NOPD 'Vulture/star-and-Crescent' Homicide 'badge' was shown so often.

All in all, this film is a lot of fun despite its numerous technical flaws, and I give it 6 out of 10.


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