Everything I Know about NOLA Law Enforcement I Learned from The Big Easy
The 1986 stellar police corruption thriller The Big Easy introduced me to Law Enforcement NOLA style at the tender age of 13. Here are the lessons I learned from spending the better part of my teens watching this here film.
NOLA has only one judge and his name is Jim Garrison
It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of case is being tried – civil or criminal – but it seems Judge Jim presides over them all. If you have a fender bender or perhaps are accused of taking a powerful magnet, throwing it into a storefront window and somehow the magnet finds itself placed next to a surveillance tape of you taking bribes in the precinct property room, well Judge Garrison will be there to straighten the whole thing out. In his spare time Judge Garrison enjoys the company of friends and dressing as Earl Warren and restaging key moments in his own life while Kevin Costner plays him.
Being fun at Mardi Gras is both life saving and career saving
Early in the film Remy McSwain stumbles into the squad room to find his captain – played by Ned Beatty – getting live with two of his detectives who have impounded a boat. When he asks Remy what to do with these assclowns, Remy suggests shooting them. Beatty considers it for a moment before saying, “I can’t shoot them. They’re too much fun at Mardi Gras.”
You can say mad snarky things as long as you call the person Chere
It doesn’t matter if it’s a superior or the district attorney sent in to investigate your squad you just happen to have the hots for.
Solomon Burke doesn’t trust the cops and for good reason.
Solomon Burke finds himself the center of attention not for his stellar musical talents, but because they’ve gotten him confused with a heroin dealer named Daddy Mention. Hopefully, Judge Garrison can sort things out.
Tipitina’s is a great place to have important police corruption debriefings
They have great food and you can work up an appetite dancing to The Neville Brothers.