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An Afro-American man is hired to find a woman and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal.

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Storyline

It is 1948 in LA and Ezikeal "Easy" Rawlins, an African-American World War II veteran, is looking for work. At his friend's bar, he is introduced to a white man, DeWitt Albright, who is looking for someone to help him find a missing white woman assumed to be hiding somewhere in LA's Black community. This woman, Daphane Monet, happens to be the fiancée of a wealthy "blue blood," Todd Carter, who is currently the favorite in the city's mayoralty race. Daphane Monet is known to frequent the Black jazz clubs in LA. Easy, innocently, accepts Albright's offer; however, he quickly finds himself amidst murder, crooked cops, ruthless politicians, and brutalizing hoodlums. This is a Chandler-esque "who-done-it" with an African-American theme. Written by Joel Schesser <joelsd@aol.com>

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Private detective Easy Rawlins has been caught on the wrong side of the most dangerous secret in town. See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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29 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,030,096 (USA)
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Trivia

ABC in 1998 was planning a pilot based on the film. See more »

Goofs

Towards the beginning, when Easy is paid by Albright, the top $20.00 bill is signed by Nicholas Brady, who was Secretary of the Treasury under George H.W. Bush. The bill is from the late-'80s. See more »

Quotes

Mouse: You said don't shoot him, right? Well I didn't; I choked... look, Easy - if you ain't want him dead, why you leave him with me?
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References The Betrayal (1948) See more »

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Washington is just so cool in this film
10 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A good film noir by Carl Franklin (One False Move), with great cinematography by Tak Fujimoto ("John Adams", The Sixth Sense).

Denzel Washington is fantastic as 'Easy' Rawlins, with Don Cheadle as his buddy, Mouse. They battle Tom Sizemore in their quest to find Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals).

You have the look and feel of the 30s throughout with the costuming, the cars, the talk, the cops, and the feel of the movie. It was a great nostalgia trip.

Lisa Nicole Carson ("Ally McBeal") also added some excitement before her premature death.

This was based on the first of Walter Mosely's Easy Rawlins books, and it is a good one.


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