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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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Coretta James
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Dupree Brouchard
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Junior Fornay (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
John Roselius ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,030,096 (USA)
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Jennifer Beals and Denzel Washington were also in The Book of Eli (2010). See more »

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During the scene were Easy is questioning Junior while Mouse is enjoying a plate of Pigtails, the music is the background is of Gospel Music Legend, James Cleveland. The setting is 1948, while the recording of Cleveland and the Angelic Choir singing, "Peace Be Still" was released in 1962. This style of Gospel music singing was still in it's pioneering days, thanks to Thomas Dorsey, during the late 40's and yet evolved into the style of singing that is featured in James Cleveland's much later arrangement of the hymn. 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 Grosse Pointe: Devil in a Blue Dress (2000) See more »

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MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE MY WAYS
Written by Duke Ellington & John La Touche (as John LaTouche)
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Don Cheadle is stand out
23 December 2003 | by (Nottingham, England) – See all my reviews

To call this one of the most underrated films of the last ten years, is an understatement. This film is up there with ‘Chinatown' and ‘L.A Confidential. .

Denzel Washington is cool, and smart. Don Cheadle is stand out as the cold killer with a smile, mouse.

But the real praise must go to Carl Franklin, who proves that ‘One false move' was not just a fluke

As much as I liked the film 'L.A. Confidential' my problem with it was that a lot of black characters where being brutalised, without any chance to fight back. In this film they fight back. We have a black hero, someone who is as smart anyone else and in some cases smarter.

I hope that one day someone will film the rest of the Easy' Rawlins books.


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