The Big Easy

  • 15
  • Jim McBride (1986)
  • US
  • 96 min
The Big Easy
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

After watching this sizzling crime thriller, you will be at a loss to explain why director Jim McBride failed to go on and take Hollywood by storm. At least the careers of Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin were boosted. Sparks fly from the moment unconventional cop Quaid and assistant district attorney Barkin come together to investigate a New Orleans Mob killing, but their conflicting moral codes threaten to take the heat out of their steamy affair. Ned Beatty and John Goodman provide gritty support, while McBride brings the unique quality of the city to throbbing life.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin. In New Orleans, the steamy city of hot music and spicy food, the odd bribe is all in a day's work for unconventional cop Remy McSwain. But his job becomes complicated when a gang war threatens to blow the city apart and his methods are questioned by Anne Osborne from the DA's office.

Cast and crew


Remy McSwain
Dennis Quaid
Anne Osborne
Ellen Barkin
Jack Kellom
Ned Beatty
Detective Dodge
Ebbe Roe Smith
Detective DeSoto
John Goodman
Detective McCabe
Lisa Jane Persky
Charles Ludlam
Thomas O'Brien
Judge Garrison
Honorable James Garrison
Judge Raskov
Carole Sutton


Jim McBride

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Recorded Releasing
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15