|THE BIG EASY (director: Jim McBride; screenwriter: Dan Petrie Jr; cinematographer: Afonso Beato; editor: Mia Goldman; music: Brad Feidel; cast: Dennis Quaid (Remy McSwain), Ellen Barkin (Anne Osborne), Ned Beatty (Jack Kellom), John Goodman (Det. Andre DeSoto ), Ebb Roe Smith (Detective Dodge) Lisa Jane Persky (McCabe), Charles Ludlam (Lamar); Runtime: 108; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Stephen Friedman; Kings Road; 1986)|
|"Revels in its slight plot,
noirish atmosphere, sassy interplay between
main characters and its gumbo-like smells."
by Dennis Schwartz
McBride ("The Wrong Man"/"Uncovered"/"The
Informant") directs and Dan Petrie Jr scripts
a screwball comedy/melodrama about big city police
corruption, one that's filled with offbeat
humor and odd moments. It was filmed on location.
McSwain (Dennis Quaid) is a ballsy New
Orleans homicide lieutenant detective, a slick good
ole boy, who is on the take so he can afford to buy
expensive stylish clothes. Anne Osborne (Ellen
Barkin) is an investigator in "The Big Easy" D.A.
office, a Yankee import, who is assigned to look
into the allegations of Mafia corruption in the NOPD.
The gruff Remy and the sexy Anne make things fun as
they partner and tangle. The uptight Anne gets the
business from her extroverted subject, who tries using
his brash charm to get her into the bedroom.
homicide chief is played in a fatherly manner by Ned
Beatty. The smarmy defense attorney is delightfully
played by playwright Charles Ludlam, from
the off-Broadway's Ridiculous Theater Company.
And Lisa Jane Persky is a detective
colleague of Quaid's, who can return his macho quips
with equal zing.
film revels in its slight plot, noirish atmosphere,
sassy interplay between main characters and its
gumbo-like smells. If cooked a little better and with
fresher ingredients, this would have been a gourmet
REVIEWED ON 4/8/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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