15 certificateThe Big Easy is a Film programme that first aired in 1986 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Big Easy is a 3 star programme

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The Big Easy (1986)

Directed by
Jim McBride

This fiery crime thriller, set in New Orleans, is impressive, mainly because of the sizzling performances from Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin (pictured), plus sterling support from John Goodman and Ned Beatty.

The film focuses on the relationship that develops between young police lieutenant Remy McSwain (Quaid) and uncompromising female assistant district attorney Anne Osborne (Barkin), who is unimpressed with the bribery and corruption that 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.

Released in 1986 and directed by Jim McBride, Quaid and Barkin have rarely been on better form. Recommended.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1986

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Dennis QuaidDennis Quaid...Det. Remy McSwain
Image for Ellen BarkinEllen Barkin...Anne Osborne
Image for Ned BeattyNed Beatty...Jack Kellom
Image for John GoodmanJohn Goodman...Det. Andre DeSoto
Lisa Jane Persky...McCabe
Ebbe Roe Smith...Ed Dodge
Tom O'Brien...Bobby McSwain
Charles Ludlam...Lamar Parmentel
Grace Zabriskie...Mama
Marc Lawrence...Vinnie 'The Cannon' DiMotti
Solomon Burke...Daddy Mention
Gailard Sartain...Chef Paul
Jim Chimento...Freddie Angelo
Edward St. Pe...Patrolman
Robert Lesser...'Silky' Foster
Cheryl Starbuck...Hostess
Margie O'Dair...Mugging victim
Arden Lo...Mugger
Rickey Pierre...Mugger
Nick Kreiger...Man in car