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Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty. A New Orleans homicide detective and a beautiful D.A. fall in love while investigating a gangland murder in this spicy, Cajun-flavored romantic thriller. 1987/color/101 min/R/widescreen.
An atmospheric and sexy crime caper, this stars Dennis Quaid as a New Orleans police detective. He's a smooth talker who butts heads with the new assistant district attorney, Ellen Barkin. She's rigid and plays by the rules; he is mildly corrupt. They soon find themselves romantically entwined, and a bit chagrined.
Director Jim McBride (Great Balls of Fire) was in top form with this 1987 sizzler. You may not remember the particulars of the plot, which concerns supposed gang killings and police corruption, because it is the romance that has staying power. Blame this on Quaid and Barkin, who send off enough sparks to light up Bourbon Street. They are not only sexy together, but endearing, which makes you want to like them as much as they like each other. --Rochelle O'Gorman
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The full version includes a two-minute scene at the end of the film, one that nicely finishes off the story. It isn't exactly a spoiler to say it is the scene in the hospital after the explosion where Remy proposes (sort of!) to Anne. It make sense and has a much better flow than the current abrupt version of explosion-straight-to-credits.
I've no idea why this scene has been cut and am baffled by all attempts to censor Dennis Quaid's butt in a hospital gown. I really want those two minutes back!
Most DVDs on sale now are 100 minutes long and are the cut version. This retailer listed the DVD at 102 minutes run time, which got me excited; those extra two minutes suggested the film was the complete version. I was so disappointed when the DVD arrived, marked clearly on the cover as 100 minutes run time. Yep, the scene was missing. Given that so many people are flagging the missing scene and keen to find DVDs that include it, it seems somewhat disingenuous to make such a 'mistake'.
If it wasn't for that bit of misinformation, I would not have bothered with buying a DVD from the US, with all the Region 1/Region 2 hassle it involves (I'm in the UK). Now I am stuck with a mis-sold product that isn't worth the palaver of mailing back to the US. Not a happy bunny (ggrrr!)
Young Dennis Quaid in good performance. Female protagonist Ellen Barkin in a discrete way. Female role remembers Madonna. With Madonna and Quaid the picture could be better. The recreation of folklore in the south of USA is well done. The soundtrack is also beautiful.
For those of you who have never seen that scene here's a quick overview: Dennis Quaid is in a hospital bed having had a large splinter removed from his bottom and is typing his resignation. Ellen Barkin walks in greeted by an open hospital gown (you can imagine the glee on her face) and leans over him to see what he is doing. She grabs the resignation and convinces him that he's one of the good guys.
While there's a bit of role reversal (payback) in the bottom caressing "Don't do that", "What, this...or this..." - the scene is really worth having in the movie.
There is no reason for a movie to be cut like this...on a DVD we expect to see the FULL movie version, or at least the deleted scenes.
DON'T GET ME WRONG...I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! I am just very disappointed with the MAKERS of this DVD and whoever edited that scene out.
Anyhoo, great quality and brought back a bunch of good memories.