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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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Her job is to expose a cop on the take. Putting him away won't be easy. Neither will letting him go. 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:

Nothing But The Truth See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,685,307
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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 signature New Orleans setting was actually a late change in the development of the film. The original title of the script was Windy City, and set in Chicago. The change in location is attributed to a suggestion by then Production Executive Ken Aguado, who was a recent graduate of Tulane University. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt players when Remy and Anne run from the about to explode boat. See more »

Quotes

[repeated lines]
Judge: Sustained!
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Connections

Referenced in The Undertaker (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

TIPITINA
Performed by Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd (as Professor Longhair)
Composed by Henry 'Professor Longhair' Byrd (as Henry Roeland Byrd)
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Simply the BEST.
8 June 2003 | by Julie-30See all my reviews

I'm sorry that people from New Orleans don't like this one. As someone who has lived in New York City and its environs for her entire life, I have PLENTY to say about innacuracies in movies and TV shows made about my home town. But if, as in this case, the final product can overcome any inaccuracies, why complain? Forget about the nitpicky details and have fun.

Sure, Dennis Quaid's accent is over the top. Sure, they got some things about New Orleans wrong. But who cares? The plot and the acting are both terrific, and the chemistry between Quaid and Barkin is potent; even when their characters are not speaking to each other, it's still pretty obvious that they can't keep their hands off each other. The love scene is done beautifully, and is far sexier than it would have been had it been more graphic.

I just wish the DVD treatment had been better. Other than that, I give The Big Easy 8 out of 10.


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