Big Easy

The Big Easy

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Director: Jim McBride, Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty

Cast: Jim McBride, Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty

     
 

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A film that captures the steamy, colorful essence of New Orleans, this crime thriller tells the romantic story of a classy detective whose investigation of a gangland murder lands him in trouble with the city's new District Attorney, a woman with a rigid penchant for following the letter of the law. Despite their differences, the two manage to work together and

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A film that captures the steamy, colorful essence of New Orleans, this crime thriller tells the romantic story of a classy detective whose investigation of a gangland murder lands him in trouble with the city's new District Attorney, a woman with a rigid penchant for following the letter of the law. Despite their differences, the two manage to work together and eventually fall in love. Unfortunately all of this leads them to have to fight for their lives when their investigation into the case and the corruption surrounding it gets them bumped up to the top of a hit man's list.

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With enough local flavor to have been sponsored by the New Orleans' tourist board, a sharp script by Beverly Hills Cop scribe Daniel Petrie Jr., and terrific leads in Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin, The Big Easy represented the best the '80s had to offer in terms of action thrillers. Quaid and Barkin have fantastic chemistry both as antagonists and as romantic partners and the considerably different performances given by each are the fuel that drives the film. Skirting, but never crossing into Cajun caricature, Quaid has never been better, emphasizing his good-natured cop's gleeful corruption but humanizing him enough so that his late-film moral crisis never seems out of line. It's a sharp, but perfect, contrast to Barkin's smoldering introvert. Their film-length coitus interruptus has all the tension that the otherwise familiar drugs-and-guns plot lacks. The colorful setting and memorable supporting characters further help offset this, particularly Ned Beatty as Quaid's mentor. Jim McBride directs with a breezy charm that keeps his film entertaining up to its inevitable, and thankfully brief, shoot-out finale.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/1999
UPC:
0031398693734
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Vidmark / Trimark

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Remy McSwain
Ellen Barkin Anne Osborne
Ned Beatty Jack Kellom
John Goodman Andre DeSoto
Ebbe Roe Smith Detective Ed Dodge
Lisa Jane Persky Detective McCabe
Charles Ludlam Lamar Parmentel
Tom O'Brien Bobby McSwain
Marc Lawrence Cannon Di Moti
Solomon Burke Daddy Mention
Jim Garrison Himself
Cary Alden Uniform Cop
Dewey Balfa Uncle Lafayette
David Dahlgren Uniform Cop
Patric Frederick Lawyer
Jack David Harris Waiter
Joy N. Houck Sgt. Guerra
Zepherin Hymel I.A. Cop
Arden M. Jones Mugger
David Petitjean Uncle Sal
Irma Thomas Marcelline
Ricco Wheat Rodney
Edward St. Pe Patrolman
Byron Nora Car Vandal
Grace Zabriskie Mama, Remy's Mother
Gailard Sartain Chef Paul
Jim Chimento Freddy Angelo
Robert Lesser "Silky" Foster
Cheryl Starbuck Hostess
Margie O'Dair Mugged Woman
Rickey Pierre 2nd Mugger
Gary Sturgis Car Vandal
Archie Sampier Forensic #1
Jeff Hollis Sgt. Duvivier
Steve Broussard Dewey Piersall
Eliott Keener George Joel
August Krinke Internal Affairs Cop #1
John Schluter Internal Affairs Cop #2
George Dureau Maitre d'
Lane Trippe Lawyer
Nik Hagler Hugh Dowling
Peter Gabb Magnet Salesman
Buddy Quaid Justin
Dennis Curren Cousin Terry
Robert Kearney Desk Sergeant
Carol Sutton Judge Raskov

Technical Credits
Jim McBride Director,Screenwriter
Jack Baran Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Affonso Beato Cinematographer
Mort Engelberg Executive Producer
Richard Diamond Farnsworth Stunts
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
Lisa Fischer Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Friedman Producer
Mia Goldman Editor
Gordon Greisman Screenwriter
Steve Kelso Stunts
Greg Landerer Special Effects
Walt LaRue Stunts
Michael Levine Camera Operator
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Daniel Petrie Screenwriter
Julie Purcell Makeup
William Purcell Special Effects
David Rubin Casting
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Mary Kay Stolz Costumes/Costume Designer
Tracy Tynan Costumes/Costume Designer
Buddy Van Horn Stunts
Rock Walker Stunts
Greg Walker Stunts

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The Big Easy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
I'm from Lousinia and this was a very good movie.
TeriHam More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies of all time.  It can be very dark,but Dennis Quaid is exceptional in it.