Devil in a Blue Dress

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In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright, a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet, who he suspects is hiding out in one of the city's black jazz clubs. Strapped for money and facing house payments, Easy takes the job, but soon finds himself in over his head.

  1. Carl Franklin

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Walter Mosley


Top Billed Cast

  1. Denzel Washington

    Denzel Washington

    Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins

  2. Tom Sizemore

    Tom Sizemore

    DeWitt Albright

  3. Jennifer Beals

    Jennifer Beals

    Daphne Monet

  4. Don Cheadle

    Don Cheadle

    Mouse Alexander

  5. Maury Chaykin

    Maury Chaykin

    Matthew Terell

  6. Terry Kinney

    Terry Kinney

    Todd Carter

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

Budget $27,000,000.00

Revenue $16,140,822.00

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Release Information

  • September 15, 1995
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Everyone was peeing on my head and telling me it's raining.

Devil in a Blue Dress is written and directed by Carl Franklin, who adapts from the book written by Walter Mosley. It stars Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle and Maury Chaykin. Music is by Elmer Bernstein and cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.

Carl Franklin had already laid down a considerable neo-noir marker with his searing 1992 thriller One False Move, here he goes more traditional but garners equally impressive results. Plot has Washington as a WW2 veteran who has lost his job and desperately needs mon... read the rest.

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