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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The acronym "N.O.P.D" stood for the New Orleans Police Department. See more »

Goofs

During the final gunfight, the smoke from DeSoto's gunshot disappears between cuts. See more »

Quotes

Anne Osborne: You're a cop for God's sake, you're supposed to uphold the law, but instead you bend it and twist it and sell it. I saw you take that bribe and, and resist arrest and tamper with evidence and perjure yourself under oath.
Remy McSwain: Don't forget I ran a red light too, huh.
Anne Osborne: You still think it's funny, don't you? Why don't you just face it, Remy? You're not one of the good guys anymore.
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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 »

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Referenced in Film 2017: Episode dated 12 November 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

IKO IKO
Performed by The Dixie Cups
Composed by Barbara Ann Hawkins (as Barbara Hawkins), Rosa Lee Hawkins (as Rosa Hawkins),
Joan Marie Johnson (as Joan Johnson), Jessie Thomas, Marilyn Jones,
, Sharon Jones, Joe Jones
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A Keeper!!
31 August 2001 | by IshallwearpurpleSee 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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