A 1987 thriller starring Creator/DennisQuaid and Ellen Barkin, set in (where else?) [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]].

Remy [=McSwain=] (Quaid) is a ''mostly''-honest cop investigating a series of gang killings; Anne Osborne (Barkin) is a special prosecutor for the district attorney on an anti-corruption campaign. They meet in the course of their work and quickly fall in love, but grapple over their different perspectives on justice. Meanwhile, those gang killings might not be gang killings after all, but something far more dangerous...
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!!The film contains examples of:
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Mostly to demonstrate how loose the rules are in the South, but Remy investigates a crime scene while under investigation, which is certain to cause any evidence discovered to get thrown out. Not to mention his abbreviation of the Miranda Rights.
-->'''Remy''': An officer will be along to get you in a few minutes. If you so much as get your fingerprints on my car, they will kick your ass. Do you understand your rights?
* AsHimself: Judge Jim Garrison, who proceeds over Remy's trial.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Remy qualifies, being a bit of a prankster AND an effective police officer. Also, [[spoiler:[=DeSoto=] and Dodge. Despite being comic relief for the majority of the movie, they are the primary pushers behind the conspiracy of detectives faking a gang war to steal drugs from the various criminal organizations.
* TheBigEasy: Naturally
* BlackSheep: Remy's entire family are police officers... except one cousin, who is a fireman
* TheCastShowOff: Several of the background songs were performed by Quaid
* DevilInPlainSight: The movie lays out who the bad guys really are within the first fifteen minutes... if you are paying attention
* DirtyCop: Played with. As Creator/RogerEbert put it, "[[=McSwain=]] is an honest cop in the ways that really count and a dishonest cop in small ways he has been able to rationalize." To Anne, who is campaigning against corruption, it looks a lot worse than it probably is. [[spoiler:The real villains are also Dirty Cops, who have been using their position to steal and resell drugs]]
* ExtendedDisarming: Detective [=DeSoto=], in an infamous sequence
-->'''[=DeSoto=], after being relieved of two knives, a blackjack, brass knuckles, two revolvers, and a derringer''': ''And if that don't work, I piss on 'em''
* EurekaMoment
-->'''Anne''': ''Where's the boat?''
* FairCop: Both Remy and Anne are both ridiculously attractive, and feel their chemistry immediately.
* HappilyEverAfter: Remy and Anne settle their differences, solve the case, and get married.
* HeroicBSOD: Remy [[spoiler:when he realizes that not only is his future stepfather is behind TheConspiracy that shot his brother, but everything he taught him about being a cop in the Big Easy was false]]
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], although the movie has it's cake and eats it too by having a murder occur in a warehouse where the floats are stored and later having a band practicing for the parade.
-->'''Bobby [=McSwain=]''': ''Why are you wearing that get-up? Mardi Gras ain't til February.''
* LoveRedeems: It isn't until Anne shows him exactly how letting the little things slip have hurt him that Remy stops being a DirtyCop and starts living up to his potential as a Good Cop
* TheMafia: The investigative plot involves the police investigating a gang war between these guys and TheCartel.
* MistakenForObjectOfAffection: After a night of lovemaking, Anne mistakes Bobby [=McSwain=] for his brother Remy, coming up behind him and pinching his ass. The brothers aren't all that identical, but given that she had no reason to expect any other man in the house and her view of Bobby was mostly of his rear end as he bent to rummage through the fridge, it is perhaps an understandable mistake.
* MistakenFromBehind: Anne sees Bobby [=McSwain=] rummaging through the fridge and mistakes him for his brother Remy, with embarrassing consequences. See MistakenForObjectOfAffection, above.
** And then again, [[spoiler:when Bobby is wearing his brother's coat. This time, it's DirtyCops who think it's Remy, shooting him.]]
* MobWar: The driving conflict behind the story. [[spoiler:Except not. The conflict is being manufactured by DirtyCops, who are using the seized drugs to fill their retirement funds]]
* {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler:Captain Jack Kellom was gonna retire on the New Year and marry Remy's mother. Too bad he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Outlived His Usefulness]] to the rest of the DirtyCops]]
* {{Sexophone}}: Naturally, in an early Dennis Quaid movie.
* SlapSlapKiss: She's a straight-laced DA from out of state, he's a good cop who nonetheless bends the rules because that's how things are done in town. Their relationship couldn't be any other way.