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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

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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Referenced in V: Devil in a Blue Dress (2011) See more »

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ROUND MIDNIGHT
Written by Bernard Hanighen, Cootie Williams & Thelonious Monk
Performed by Thelonious Monk
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Why review a nine year old film?
18 February 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Because Walter Mosley's stories are great and I was surprised that none of the other Easy Rawlins books have been filmed. A rich lode of ore , waiting to be mined.

AND, Don Cheadle. His acting as "Mouse" is stunning. In the 3 or 4 Easy Rawlins books that I've read, the character constructions of Easy, Mouse, and their relationship, is fascinating. I read Devil in a Blue Dress before I saw the movie and when I saw Mouse brought to life, I could barely wait for the credits to roll--"Who WAS that guy?"

Washington brings Easy to life too, and the recreation of Watts and L.A. in the late 40's/ early 50's is excellent (I was there).

The movie wasn't great, but way above ordinary, and I'd love to see a reprise with Washington and Cheadle.


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