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Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  29 September 1995 (USA)
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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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Joppy
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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
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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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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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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,030,096 (USA)
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David Alan Grier auditioned for the role of Mouse Alexander. See more »

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In the scene where Frank Green comes to pay Easy a visit at his home, they began to fight in the doorway and Easy punches Frank in the back of the head several times knocking his hat and Frank onto the floor. But when the scene changes and Frank hops back up with his knife the hat is back on his head like it never fell off. 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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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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