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This 1998 film was a remake of a 1949 film of the same name, although only the name and the overall premise remain the same. I have seen both before (the last time I watched the 1998 film was – and yes, I feel old – over 25 years ago) and I honestly think that the later film is the far superior one.

Dennis Quaid is Dexter Cornell, an English Professor. The film begins with him staggering into a police station to report his own murder (shot in black and white, this is an homage to the 1949 film which opened much the same way). He then sits down to reveal his account of events and the film flicks back a couple of days earlier. During the intervening hours, Cornell is poisoned, faces his own mortality and has to find out who has killed him and why.

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Year of release: 1988

Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton

Writers: Charles Edward Pogue, Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene

Main cast: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Charlotte Rampling, Daniel Stern, Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Neame, Robin Johnson

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Genre: Drama, thriller

Highlights: Dennis Quaid;  the scene after Cornell is diagnosed – he runs outside and there is a fantastic scene set to The Waterboys’ ‘Don’t Bang The Drum’. I remember this scene from when I first saw this film over a quarter of a century ago

Lowlights: Some hammy acting from Robin Johnson, Christopher Neame

Overall: Enjoyable thriller

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The Big Easy, stars Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin, and I found it a really enjoyable film. Dennis Quaid plays a smooth talking, wise cracking Lt. in the New Orleans Police, who enjoys the perks his job affords him.  Ellen Barkin is the uptight member of the District Attorney’s Office who is sent to investigate police corruption, after a number of Mafia style murders take place.

Despite the fact that the two characters have very different attitudes and belief systems, there is an undeniable attraction between them, but professionally, they find themselves at odds with each other.

The story moves along at a cracking pace, and I never felt bored while watching.  Dennis Quaid is very sexy in a sleazy kind of way, and the chemistry between him and Barkin is positively sizzling!

Both of the two lead actors are excellent, even if Dennis Quaid’s New Orleans accent takes some getting used to at first!

I can’t believe I haven’t watched this movie before now – however, I will definitely be watching it again!

Year of release: 1986

Director: Jim McBride

Writer: Daniel Petrie Jr.

Main cast: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman

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