The Big Easy
The Big Easy (1987)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 21, 1987
DVD Release Date: February 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Loaded with atmosphere and drenched in the sizzling chemistry between Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin, The Big Easy remains one of the strongest -- and steamiest -- thrillers of the 1980s.

Variety Staff

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.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Set against a Cajun background, the movie is a bird's-eye view of a little-known culture operating within a totally familiar urban context. The effect is exhilarating.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Big Easy is an extremely enjoyable (and well-lubricated) vehicle for two actors who aren't quite yet stars, but should be.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's sleek, briskly paced, firmly controlled and shrewdly dosed with humor, action and romance.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Revels in its slight plot, noirish atmosphere, sassy interplay between main characters and its gumbo-like smells.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
Like the synopsis on here says, this movie is more of a romance than a crime thriller or drama, they could have called it cops in love. I found the whole cop… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Hoping for solid 80s film noir (such as the excellent Body Heat, and even Mindhunter), I instead got an unfocused film with a very uneven tone. Dennis Quaid is… More
xGary Xx
The Big Easy is an 80s noir set to the colourful backdrop of New Orleans in which Assistant District Attourney Ellen Barkin is sent to investigate police… More
Daniel Parsons
Erm... I liked the music? And the colour scheme was very interesting. But, I found Dennis Quaid's character endlessly irritating and the male posturing… More
Dean McKenna
Although the whodunnit element is skimmed over pretty fast, the steamy Louisiana atmosphere and the steamy coupling of Quaid and Barkin make this one of the… More
Adam M.
Well,i usually start my reviews by saying what type of film it was but i'm not actually sure and to be honest i don't think the film makers knew… More