The Big Easy Movie Review Summary

Actors: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman

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Lt. Remy McSwain (Quaid) is a charming and easygoing New Orleans detective assigned to investigate what looks like a series of gang slayings. A beautiful blond attorney from the DA's police corruption task force named Anne Osborne (Barkin) starts to look into the matter as well. Sparks fly as the two get romantically involved, but Anne is very straight arrow and by-the-book, and finds Remy's casual acceptance of favors from local businesses unacceptable. Eventually he is charged with taking bribes in a police corruption sting. This 1987 film is most memorable for its colorful leads and supporting characters (such as Beatty as a beleaguered police chief and Charles Ludlam as a slick Southern attorney), and its terrific peppy soundtrack.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Anti-hero cop (Dennis Qqaid) is forced to re-evaluate the way he runs his life and his police station having met unlikely love with Ellen Barkin - a detective investigating police corruption. Their romance is a significant part of the plot but the intrigue lies in tying to solve the semingly unrelated outbreak of gang warfare. The film is set in the Deep South to a great soundtrack of Cajun and Blues music.
The review of this Movie prepared by Fran

THE BIG EASY is a movie directed by Jim McBride in 1987. Winner of the Cognac Film Festival. Screenplay by Daniel Petrie Jr.

New Orleans. Remy McSwain is one of the leading detectives of the New Orleans Police Department. As one of the hitmen of the N.O. mafia boss is found murdered, he suspects that a gang war is about to begin. Life goes on easy in the police department whose men accept little gifts from the various bars of the city in exchange of protection. So when Anne Osborne, a district attorney substitute, wants to closely follow McSwain's investigation about the murder, the department becomes a little anxious. But Anne is seduced by Remy's charm and accepts his gang war theory. Remy is arrested by the police internal affairs department while receiving money from a barman and must face the court with Anne as D.A.. Fortunately, the videotape is accidentally destroyed and Remy is released. Before being murdered, a gang leader informs Anne and Rémy that there isn't any gang war going on and that the murders are in fact committed by policemen.

Explosive face to face between Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin. One of the best films noirs of the 80's. A must.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of The Big Easy

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   catching/stopping killer Criminal enemy is...    -   law enforcement gone bad    -   Mafia conflict

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes City:    -   New Orleans

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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