Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  29 September 1995 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Terell
Todd Carter
Mel Winkler ...
Degan Odell
Coretta James
Dupree Brouchard
Junior Fornay (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
John Roselius ...
Detective Mason
Beau Starr ...
Detective Jack Miller
Steven Randazzo ...
Benny Giacomo
Richard McGee


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 <>

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In a world divided by black and white, Easy Rawlins is about to cross the line. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El demonio vestido de azul  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)


$16,030,096 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The weapons used by Mouse Alexander (Don Cheadle) are a British Webley Mark VI revolver in .455 caliber and a model 1903 Colt Pocket Hammerless automatic in .32 ACP caliber. At times the Pocket Hammerless is also used by Easy Rawlings (Denzel Washington). See more »


Several of the cars used in the background are post-1948 models including one with fins. See more »


[first lines]
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 The Big Sleep (1946) See more »


Written by James Cleveland
Performed by James Cleveland & The Angelic Choir
Courtesy of Savoy Records
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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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