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Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Easy Rawlins
... Dewitt Albright
... Daphne Monet
... Mouse Alexander
... Matthew Terell
... Todd Carter
Mel Winkler ... Joppy
... Odell
... Coretta James
... Dupree Brouchard
... Junior Fornay (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
John Roselius ... Mason
... Miller
Steven Randazzo ... Benny Giacomo
... 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, Daphne Monet, happens to be the fiancée of a wealthy "blue blood," Todd Carter, who is currently the favorite in the city's mayoralty race. Daphne 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)

Gross USA:

$16,030,096
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A movie theater marquee that Easy passes is advertising "The Betrayal by Oscar Micheaux." Oscar Micheaux was the first African-American to produce a feature-length film. See more »

Goofs

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

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HOP, SKIP AND JUMP
Written and Performed by Roy Milton
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Heavy heat in the night.
1 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Murder, politics, sex and scandal; and it is all about a girl in a blue dress. An out of work WWII vet(Denzel Washington)is trapped in a web of lies, backstabbing and flying lead when he agrees to look for a politician's girlfriend(Jennifer Beals). Some real good movie music by the likes of Memphis Slim, Duke Ellington, Roy Brown and Jimmy Witherspoon. Very apt support from:Tom Sizemore, Don Cheadle and Lisa Nicole Carson. One steamy sex scene scorches and redeems.


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