HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Fire Will Come
Suspect
Jailbreak Pact
News of the World
Dementer
Beyond Clueless
Stylist, The
Sky is On Fire, The
Wrong Turn
In a Year with 13 Moons
Blush
Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, The
Sinners, The
Tammy and the T-Rex
Archenemy
Zappa
Mindwarp
State Secret
Mogul Mowgli
Owners, The
Twentieth Century, The
Story of Gilbert and Sullivan, The
What Lies Below
Greenland
Broil
Dead Pigs
Willy's Wonderland
It's in the Air
School's Out Forever
Breeder
Stump the Guesser
Sator
Last Warning, The
PVT CHAT
Ascent, The
Clementine
Hurt by Paradise
Saint Maud
Johnny Frenchman
Glitch in the Matrix, A
   
 
Newest Articles
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
   
 
  Big Easy, The Who Watches The Policemen?
Year: 1986
Director: Jim McBride
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman, Lisa Jane Persky, Ebbe Roe Smith, Tom O'Brien, Charles Ludlam, Grace Zabriskie, Marc Lawrence, Solomon Burke, Gailard Sartain, Jim Garrison
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, RomanceBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 3 votes)
Review: There has been a body discovered in a fountain in the city of New Orleans, and Detective Remy McSwain (Dennis Quaid) is quickly on the scene to do that trick he always does of identifying the body - or at least it's a trick if the corpse belongs to that of a known criminal. Tonight's victim is a Mafia gangster, nobody high up in the organisation but significant all the same, and Remy decides to bring in his boss for questioning the next day, the boss being pretty notable in the Mob. This is another of Remy's tricks, as he's not able to charge the man with anything but wants to put him out, so nothing apparently comes of this - much to the chagrin of internal affairs investigator Anne Osborne (Ellen Barkin)...

Here was a film that everyone seemed to agree on: it was nothing special as a mystery, but as a romance it was something well worth catching thanks to that all important chemistry between the two leads. Quaid and Barkin are reputedly very fond of this film, and when you see how good they are in it, and how good they are together, you can understand why as they elevate what could have been a fairly basic police corruption thriller into an engaging relationship movie. This was the eighties where the notion of the buddy movie, especially applied to the cop genre, was the popular style of the day, and The Big Easy started out as one of those, with a twist.

That twist being the two "buddies" were lovers, and Remy wastes no time in getting Anne into bed as they have barely met but he is wining and dining her, then going back to her place (after foiling a mugging which brings them closer, naturally) and going as far he can with her before getting distracted by his pager. We think we are going to be settling into some well worn clich├ęs at this stage, but Anne's sense of justice gets in the way and soon Remy's willingness to be on the take apparently dooms their relationship before it really has a chance to blossom. Not that he is the only one in his department who gets up to that kind of lawbreaking, as far as we can see they're all at it.

Remy is very laid back about this whole set up, as easygoing about it as Anne is appalled, but his excuse is that everyone else in the force is doing it, including his Captain (Ned Beatty), so why should he be any different? The businesses get their interests protected, the police get their kickbacks, so who is really losing out? With an attitude like that, it's no wonder Anne breaks it off with him, though we suspect rightly that with such a strong element as the Quaid and Barkin spark they won't be apart for long. That does not prevent Anne taking Remy to court for taking an unofficial bonus from a bar owner, ironically as it was the Captain who was supposed to be attending the bar this time.

Remy contrives to get his charges dropped through some admittedly ingenious means, but the fact that he still isn't playing fair irks Anne so much that when he tries to win her back by pretending to have her arrested, it doesn't work and she makes the sharp observation that he thinks he's one of the good guys when he's actually one of the bad guys. Here is where it hits him, and us for that matter, that underneath all that roguish charm is someone who exploits their privileged position in life to his own advantage, and rides roughshod over the people he is supposed to be protecting legitimately in the process. Yes, this does involve the detective undergoing his redemption, and yes it is all too predictable, but we have so enjoyed seeing Quaid and Barkin sparring with each other and convincingly running hot and cold in their characters that it's a pleasure to watch. Could have used more thrills in the plot, true, but the stars are excellent. Music by Brad Fiedel.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3198 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
   

 

Last Updated: