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      The Big Easy

      R Released Mar 27, 1987 1 hr. 41 min. Crime Drama List
      89% 38 Reviews Tomatometer 61% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Colorful drama, set in New Orleans, about the relationship which develops between a young police lieutenant and an uncompromising female DA who is unimpressed with the bribery and corruption which is rife in his department. A vicious gang war is also simmering and looks set to erupt at any moment, as the murder of a Mafia soldier is followed swiftly by the killing of three drug-dealing gangsters. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 23 Buy Now

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      Loaded with atmosphere and drenched in the sizzling chemistry between Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin, The Big Easy remains one of the strongest -- and steamiest -- thrillers of the 1980s.

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      Alec B I appreciate the fast paced dialogue which does recall older noir films but I wish that certain narrative choices (i.e. having Barkin prosecute Quaid) were less silly. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review Ronald H More of a cartoon than a movie, with fake Cajun accents, ludicrous dialogue, and a portrayal of New Orleans as some kind of clown show full of lovable, corrupt cops. This movie is an embarrassment. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 09/27/23 Full Review Tom W The Big Easy is my favorite movie, one up on Three Days of the Condor. I fell in love with the scenery & music of the title sequence. I play the intro over & over. I have come to love Cajun & Zydeco music. It is like the Cajun spice mix I keep in my cabinet to add shrimp dishes. Since childhood, shrimp cocktail was always my goto dish & the song Shrimp Boats by Jo Stafford (1951) is a song I still enjoy. Her voice was so pure. Anyway, in addition to the main stars & the obvious stuff, I would like to applaud the performances of Charles Ludlam as Lamar the lawyer, Lisa Jane Persky as McCabe the cop with the wry smile, Grace Zabriskie as Mama with the sharp wit and Dave Petitjean as Uncle Sos who "arrested" ADA Anne Osborne. The art was in the details. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/02/24 Full Review john m Doesn't do much in the noir genre like I wanted it to. It also doesn't really have much to say about corruption and the police like its entire storyline is supposed to be. Really, it's just a pretty tacky rom-com with some mediocre action sequences. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I appreciate the fast paced dialogue which does recall older noir films but I wish that certain narrative choices (i.e. having Barkin prosecute Quaid) were less silly. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review dave s Anne Osborne is an uptight, by-the-book Assistant District Attorney investigating the New Orleans police department for corruption. Remy McSwain is a fast talking, shoot from the hip cop…and corrupt. Catchy Cajun music, a great locale, and snappy dialogue make The Big Easy a cut above others in the genre. The drawback to the film is its predictability. Will Osborne find corruption? Will McSwain find redemption? Will the two fall helplessly in love and live happily ever after? Once you accept the unavoidable fact that you know exactly how this is going to end, it's an entertaining and enjoyable couple of hours. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Variety Staff Variety Until conventional plot contrivances begin to spoil the fun, The Big Easy is a snappy, sassy battle of the sexes in the guise of a melodrama about police corruption. Jul 31, 2013 Full Review Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer The Big Easy is an extremely enjoyable (and well-lubricated) vehicle for two actors who aren't quite yet stars, but should be. Rated: 3/4 Jul 31, 2013 Full Review Peter Travers People Magazine Oooowee, here is one scorchingly sexy movie. Jul 31, 2013 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy As much a love story as a murder-mystery, and Quaid and Barkin are beautifully matched. Rated: 3/4 Apr 16, 2023 Full Review Richard Freedman Newhouse News Service There is nothing easy about its own attitude, which is moral without being censorious.... with actors as engaging as Barkin and Quaid to say nothing of the ever-reliable Beatty the process is a delight to watch. Rated: 3/4 Nov 15, 2019 Full Review Kathi Maio Sojourner Barkin brings great delicacy and conviction to a part that is essentially a stock character: that favorite '80s stereotype: the sexually repressed but professionally successful career woman. Aug 28, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Colorful drama, set in New Orleans, about the relationship which develops between a young police lieutenant and an uncompromising female DA who is unimpressed with the bribery and corruption which is rife in his department. A vicious gang war is also simmering and looks set to erupt at any moment, as the murder of a Mafia soldier is followed swiftly by the killing of three drug-dealing gangsters.
      Director
      Jim McBride
      Executive Producer
      Mort Engelberg
      Screenwriter
      Jim McBride, Daniel Petrie Jr., Gordon Greisman, Jack Baran
      Production Co
      Kings Road Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 27, 1987, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 1, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $15.5M
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