The Big Easy, 1986


Jim McBride


visit the film locations

Visit: Louisiana

Visit: New Orleans

Flights: Louis Armstrong International Airport

Visit: Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
(tel: 504.895.8477)

Dine at: Antoine’s, 713 St Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (tel: 504.581.4422)

In The Area

The Ray Charles biopic, Ray, showcases some of the Big Easy’s music venues, but would you recognise the city’s business district passing for ‘Anytown’ in films such as Looper, 21 Jump Street and Green Lantern?

DA Anne Osborne (Ellen Barkin) hates detective Remy McSwain (Dennis Quaid) so much that you just know they’re going to end up together, while investigating corruption in a touristy New Orleans.

A body is discovered in the fountain of Piazza d’Italia on Poydras Street, near Tchoupitoulas Street, on of several ‘European’ – French, Spanish, British – themed piazzas in the area. McSwain takes Osborne to Tipitina’s, the famous music joint and local institution, though this is a studio recreation. Never mind, you can visit the real Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Avenue at Tchoupitoulas Street.

Osborne, obviously doing pretty well for herself, later receives a phone call at Antoine’s, 713 St Louis Street, a classy but expensive French-Creole restaurant in the French Quarter. Opened in 1840, it’s claimed to be the oldest eaterie in the US under continuous family ownership.


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