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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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Degan 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 ...
Detective Mason
Beau Starr ...
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Benny Giacomo
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Richard McGee
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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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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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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 »

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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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AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS
Written by Porter Grainger, Jimmy Witherspoon, Robert Graham Prince & Clarence Williams
Performed by Jimmy Witherspoon
Courtesy of Tuff City / Night Train International
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A great crime film
30 March 1999 | by (Lansing, MI) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for a great crime film...this is the movie for you. It doesn't have all the complicated twists and turns of other movies such as "The Usual Suspects" but it still serves a movie that keeps your attention the old fashioned way, reveal a piece of information but don't tell all of it. Denzel does a good job and Don Cheadle gives a great performance as Mouse. I hope the rest of Walter Mosley's books become films because if this is any indication of how the rest will be made.


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