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Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

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Release Date
• USA: Sep 29, 1995
DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 9, 1999
• R2: 15 May 2000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for violence, sexuality and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 42 minutes

Country USA

Studio TriStar

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• Devil in a Blue Dress

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Detectives, Murder, Suspense, Deception, Psychos, Demonic Possession, Political, Femme Fatale, Gangsters

Tagline: Private detective Easy Rawlins has been caught on the wrong side of the most dangerous secret in town.

Plot: The year is 1948, the place is Los Angeles, and Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins (Denzel Washington) is a black man who has just lost his job and is in dire need of money. So, despite having no experience as a private eye, Easy accepts an assignment from a seedy man (Tom Sizemore) to find the missing Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), the mistress of a powerful mayoral candidate. As Rawlins conducts his search, he unexpectedly becomes drawn into a complex racially-charged web of intrigue involving political machinations, double-crossings, blackmail, and mysterious deaths. With the aid of his trigger-happy friend Mouse (Don Cheadle), Easy must rely on his instincts and neophyte detective skills, not only to solve the case, but also to save his life. African-American director Carl Franklin (ONE FALSE MOVE) brings Walter Mosley’s crime series to life with this dense thriller, aided greatly by Tak Fujimoto’s sun-soaked photography and an electric soundtrack reflecting the music of the times. As Easy Rawlins, an everyman who finds himself an unwilling pawn in a dangerous game of mystery and murder, Washington delivers an intense performance. It is Don Cheadle, however, who steals the show, giving his hot-tempered Mouse a comic humanity that is at once menacing, hysterical, and unforgettable.

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 Directed by
Carl Franklin
High Crimes, Out of Time, One True Thing
 Written by
Walter Mosley
Always Outnumbered
Carl Franklin
High Crimes, Out of Time, One True Thing
Denzel Washington
Man on Fire, Training Day, Glory
Tom Sizemore
Saving Private Ryan, Heat, Pearl Harbor
Jennifer Beals
Runaway Jury, Four Rooms, Flashdance
Don Cheadle
Ocean's Eleven, Crash, Traffic
Maury Chaykin
Dances with Wolves, Entrapment, Twins
Terry Kinney
Sleepers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Firm
Lisa Nicole Carson
Life, Eve's Bayou, Love Jones
 Music By
Elmer Bernstein
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