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Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

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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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 ...
Mason
Beau Starr ...
Miller
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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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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:

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,030,096 (USA)
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Trivia

ABC was planning a pilot, based on the film, in 1998. See more »

Goofs

When the police are questioning Easy at the police station, one of the cops slaps Easy's head but the slap clearly misses. 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 Married with Children: The Weaker Sex (1995) See more »

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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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The most under rated film of the Decade
10 February 2000 | by (Denver) – See all my reviews

Carl Franklin's adaptation of Walter Mosley's classic detective novel is a dark and funny tale of a detective with bad luck. Denzel Washington handles the material well. However, the star in the film is Don Cheadle as Mouse. This cold blooded killer steals several scenes away from Washington. The film also creates an accurate depiction of the racial climate in the late 40's. Issues of race and identity are displayed in the entire film. And Franklin does an incredible job of controlling the characters and narrative.

An incredible film.


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