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Big Easy, the

Dennis Quaid , Ellen Barkin , Jim McBride    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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An atmospheric and sexy crime caper, this stars Dennis Quaid as a New Orleans police detective. He's a smooth talker who butts heads with the new assistant district attorney, Ellen Barkin. She's rigid and plays by the rules; he is mildly corrupt. They soon find themselves romantically entwined, and a bit chagrined.

Director Jim McBride (Great Balls of Fire) was in top form with this 1987 sizzler. You may not remember the particulars of the plot, which concerns supposed gang killings and police corruption, because it is the romance that has staying power. Blame this on Quaid and Barkin, who send off enough sparks to light up Bourbon Street. They are not only sexy together, but endearing, which makes you want to like them as much as they like each other. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite So Big As I Remember Feb. 4 2004
I used to have this on VHS and adored it- it's a terrific film, with an unbeatable combination of twisty plot, stars that have incredible chemistry, and spicy music.... and yet when I watch it on DVD I find five minutes of the ending has just disappeared into the great old void at the editing room.
Does anyone know why this part has been cut? It doesn't seem to make much sense, as without it, the conclusion of the film is very abrupt and disjointed... it's amazing the difference that one tiny little scene makes!
Don't give up your VHS copy just yet- not until those editors find that damn five minutes and put 'em back in where they belong!
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For a fifteen year old film, this movie is almost as fresh and sizzling as it was in the year of its release. (The only passé thing I saw in the film was the use of the occasional typewriter rather than a computer...but it was back in 1987, so it's easy to overlook that!)
Dennis Quaid is perfectly cast as Remy McSwain, ... Quaid manages to make the change from charming rogue to conflicted cop who wants to do right seamless. This is probably because Quaid easily infuses the character with hard to resist likeability, even when you know he has done wrong. In watching Quaid, it's apparent that the role of Remy fit him to a T...and he had a lot of fun bringing him to life.
Adding to Quaid's dead on characterization is Ellen Barkin as Anne Osborne. Anne is as uptight as Remy is laid back...but both balance each other out, and bring new facets to the other. ...
The above characters are really what the movie is about. Because, though the backdrop of the movie is about corruption and murder, the true entertainment comes from watching the electric chemistry between Quaid and Barkin. ...
Besides Barkin and Quaid, a stellar supporting cast includes Lisa Jane Persky as Det. McCabe, Ned Beatty (as Remy's father-figure/captain, Grace Zabriskie as Mrs. McSwain - Remy's mother, and a great performance by John Goodman as André, a fellow cop.
The final ingredient is the music. With a nice selection of a cajun-flavored slant in the soundtrack, the "true" star of the film, New Orleans, is adequately highlighted and its charm done justice, not to mention a great song by Aaron Neville tossed in for all that romantic tension. :)
All in all, this movie deserved much more success than it had. It's a wonderful way to pass the time if you just want some romance...or to experience the magic of New Orleans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quaid Makes Barkin His "Big Easy". May 13 2002
By Hillary
Format:VHS Tape
The talented and handsome Dennis Quaid plays his finest role to date, as New Orleans detective Remy McSwain. He's more than a sexy swine, he's on the take too. This doesn't make him a bad guy, after all, his "daddy" and "grandaddy" did the same when they were "on the job". The Big Question, does this make him a "Bad Cop"? Enter Ellen Barkin, as Assistant DA Anne Osborne, smart, yet naive enough to fall for McSwain's all too obvious charms. Since she has come to town to investigate police corruption, namely his and his close associates, her innate weakness for Quaid's temptingly sexy McSwain, will lead to hard choices. Will her heart, or her reputation on the job rule? Watch this film and see................... No matter how many times I've seen this film, I find it tremendously entertaining. Jim McBride squeezed some of the best performances of all time from the two leads. I was amazed when I read that Barkin and Quaid didn't harmonize well off screen, because their love scene is one of the most convincing I've ever seen in film. Remy McSwain is unforgettably irresistible during his barechested seduction of "unlucky in love" Anne Osborne. He literally lets her hair down (always in a bun), while touching and kissing her in the most tender and sensual way, then tells her; "Well cherie, your luck's about to change..." Indeed! ................ This film has a wonderful musical score from Brad Feidel, I love the opening theme, and purchased the soundtrack for it. Also, the terrific New Orleans atmosphere adds depth and authenticity to the story. I've been to New Orleans, the French Quarter and Bourbon Street myself, if you haven't, this will give you an excellent vicarious feel of it. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of MY favorite movies! Dec 4 2001
It's a shame they chose that picture for the cover of this film! I feel like I have a porno on my video shelf! Don't judge a film by its cover though. This is one of those rare occassions where a movie that does not seem like my type of movie, really did it for me! What I mean is, I normally can't sit still very long for a movie about cops trying to unravel a crime Mystery, without the help of any kind of supernatural or comic book heroes that is! But this movie, it's just wonderful! Why? Because it has so much style! The setting is, obviously, "The Big Easy," New Orleans to those who don't know. Dennis Quaid is Remy McSwain, a good-hearted, yet crooked cop, much like all the other cops he works with. Unfortunately, while working on what will be the most important case of his life, Ellen Barkin shows up as the new Assistant D.A., on a mission to bust the crooked cops of New Orleans. Quaid immediately starts putting the moves on Barkin, while she does her best to remain frigid. Of course, no woman can seem to resist Quaid's charms, and so... It all adds up to one big crime-drama romance, but the star of this film, not to take away anything from the wonderful performances of Quaid and Barkin, is the City of New Orleans, even if it IS a blaitant stereotype as some people have said. The music, the accents, the general mood this film creates around its' characters and story is what keeps you engrossed! This is a movie that everyone should try at least once. You may hate it, but you may love it, and believe me, the type of movies you normally like and don't apply here! As I said, I normally just don't go for this cop stuff, but here this is, one of my favorite movies from now on! I just wish they didn't take the TV series off! I mean, it took them, what, ten years to even realize this would make a good show? And then it lasts like 2 seasons or something. Do yourself a favor, rent this, and if you like it, buy the DVD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vieux souvenirs
Le vidéo était de qualité ! Comme toujours la livraison s'est faite dans les délais prévus. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2012 by sansy
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I finally watched it.
A friend of mine has chased me around with this DVD for weeks, telling me it is a must see. She was right! Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by R. Hunt
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Follow
I was very disappointed with this film. I had watched it immediately after coming back from a wonderful trip to New Orleans and was desiring something that would remind me of New... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by M. Katayama
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the full monty !
The movie is great - However if you've seen it in cinema you will note that a part is missing on the DVD. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by guenther
5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans noir, circa 1987
Oh boy, what a pairing: Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin, a sexy pair if ever there was one, and they find themselves adversaries, on opposite sides of a scandal within the police... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Peggy Vincent
3.0 out of 5 stars O.K.
An o.k. movie that suffers a bit from being a bit too "1980's". Plot gets a bit muddled.
Rental only.
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by NHgboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Noir, with a twist of Romantic Comedy
Dennis Quaid plays a not-so-straight cop, and Ellen Barkin an assistant district attorney suspicious of him being involved in police corruption. Forget about the murder-mystery. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars A little Nostalgia
My girlfriend thought highly of this film. So for Christmas, I got it for her.
The story is kind of hokey, and the acting is a little subpar, but being a fan of the city of... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2003 by Jim Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars The Big Easy
I loved this movie and have seen it over and over again. It's got one of the most sensuous kisses I've ever watched, got my engine running.
Published on Feb. 20 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, sassy story about seedy dealings
You don't have to be cajun to enjoy this really fine piece of movie making and acting. I don't know how I have ever missed this film before, anyway the fact it was made in '87 adds... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2002 by James Edwards
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