The Big Easy is a 1987 American neo-noir crime film directed by Jim McBride and written by Daniel Petrie Jr. The executive producer of the motion picture was Mort Engelberg and the cinematographer was Affonso Beato. The film was later adapted for a television series for two seasons on the USA Network (1996–1997).
The film stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, and Ned Beatty. The action takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana and was shot on location.
Remy McSwain is a New Orleans police lieutenant with a Cajun-Irish family background who investigates the murder of a local mobster. His investigation makes him believe that fellow members of the police force may be involved. Remy himself has a charming, easy-going, "one of the guys" personality. While he does engage in some questionable activity, he is, at heart, a good guy when and where it counts.
Anne Osborne, a state district attorney, is sent to investigate alleged police corruption. Remy takes her to dinner at Tipitina's,...