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Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

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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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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)  »

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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Based on the book of the same name by Walter Mosley. Mosley wrote several Easy Rawlins books. All but two - "Gone Fishin'" and "Six Easy Pieces" - include a color in the title of the book. See more »

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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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Referenced in Grosse Pointe: Devil in a Blue Dress (2000) See more »

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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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