The Big Easy
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A film that captures the steamy, colorful essence of New Orleans, this crime thriller tells the romantic story of a classy detective whose investigation of a gangland murder lands him in trouble with the city's new District Attorney, a woman with a rigid penchant for following the letter of the law. Despite their differences, the two manage to work together and eventually fall in love. Unfortunately all of this leads them to have to fight for their lives when their investigation into the case and the corruption surrounding it gets them bumped up to the top of a hit man's list. ~ Sandra… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Until conventional plot contrivances begin to spoil the fun, The Big Easy is a snappy, sassy battle of the sexes in the guise of a melodrama about police corruption."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film's strength is director Jim McBride's seemingly easy way of presenting us with a New Orleans that is more malevolent and intoxicating than the tourist trap that some think it to be."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Quaid, a competent character actor who looks more like a leading man with each new film, has all the prize scenes in The Big Easy and he does the best he can with them. But they all seem to be castoffs from old Richard Gere movies."
‑ Bill Kelley, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Oooowee, here is one scorchingly sexy movie."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Much better than the average cop movie: the script bristles with wittily tough talk, while fast-pattering Quaid works up a nice double act romance-feud with Barkin (his cheeky grin is well-matched with her lopsided smile)."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"The Big Easy is an extremely enjoyable (and well-lubricated) vehicle for two actors who aren't quite yet stars, but should be."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's sleek, briskly paced, firmly controlled and shrewdly dosed with humor, action and romance."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"[The film is] directed by offbeat filmmaker Jim McBride, who gives the action a lot of energy but falls back too often on the usual sex-and-violence formulas."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Colorful Cajun noir, spicy, romantic, efficient."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Big Easy is as atmospheric as they come, but -- surprise! -- it's also sharp and swift. Plus, it has ample amounts of chemistry -- the steamy, sexy kind."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Eventually the film's suspense underpinnings take over its personal story, yet that tension Quaid and Barkin generate still holds. Soldily fine as actors they're also a great pair, like two golden athletes."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Barkin makes the silliness with which her character behaves as credible as is probably possible."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"There's plenty of southern comfort in this entertaining thriller. Terrific performances from Quaid and Barkin make this into an overlooked gem of 1980s Hollywood."
‑ , Film4
"Dennis Quaid rocks."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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