The Big Easy

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The Big Easy ★★★½ 1987 (R)

A terrific thriller. Slick New Orleans detective Remy McSwain (Quaid, oozing charm and a cornball accent) uncovers a heroin based mob war while romancing uptight assistant DA Anne Osborne (Barkin, all banked fire) who's investigating corruption on the police force. An easy, Cajunfla vored mystery, a fastmoving actioncom edy, a very sexy romance, and a serious exploration of the dynamics of corruption. 101m/C VHS, DVD . Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman, Ebbe Roe Smith, Charles Ludlam, Lisa Jane Persky, Tom O'Brien, Grace Zabriskie, Marc Lawrence; D: Jim McBride; W: Daniel Petrie Jr.; C: Alfonso Beato; M: Brad Fiedel. Ind. Spirit '88: Actor (Quaid).