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Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

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

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Matthew Terell
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Todd Carter
Mel Winkler ...
Joppy
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Odell
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Coretta James
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Dupree Brouchard
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Junior Fornay (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
John Roselius ...
Mason
Beau Starr ...
Miller
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Benny Giacomo
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Richard McGee
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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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In a world divided by black and white, Easy Rawlins is about to cross the line. See more »


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

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29 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El demonio vestido de azul  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,030,096 (USA)
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ABC was planning a pilot, based on the film, in 1998. See more »

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Easy has a telephone, which makes it very easy for him to communicate with various other characters in the movie. How does an unemployed black man in 1948 Los Angeles, who is two months behind on his mortgage payments, has other debts, and can barely afford a loaf of bread at 15¢, afford to keep up his payments on a telephone (still a fairly expensive luxury in 1948)? See more »

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Easy Rawlins: It was summer 1948, and I needed money. After goin' door-to-door all day long, I was back again at Joppy's bar trying to figure out where I was gonna go looking for work the next day. The newspapers was goin' on and on about the city elections - like they was really gonna change somebody's life. But my life had already changed when I lost my job three weeks before.
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References Chinatown (1974) See more »

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RAIN IN MY EYES
Written by Agar, McCarthy & Schwartz
Performed by Joan Shaw
Courtesy of Tuff City / Night Train International
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Heavy heat in the night.
1 March 2003 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Murder, politics, sex and scandal; and it is all about a girl in a blue dress. An out of work WWII vet(Denzel Washington)is trapped in a web of lies, backstabbing and flying lead when he agrees to look for a politician's girlfriend(Jennifer Beals). Some real good movie music by the likes of Memphis Slim, Duke Ellington, Roy Brown and Jimmy Witherspoon. Very apt support from:Tom Sizemore, Don Cheadle and Lisa Nicole Carson. One steamy sex scene scorches and redeems.


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