Devil in a Blue Dress

Synopsis: In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington) is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore), a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Production: TriStar
  3 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min




Hey, watch the marble! Dammit,

what'd I tell you?

The fifty-year-old burly bartender leans over his big

stomach checking for cracks and buffing the veiny marble top

of the bar with a filthy rag. Behind him is a yellow

billboard from 1932 with big black letters reading "Fuller

vs. Shag. 10 ROUND MAIN EVENT." We could make out more of

the poster and the eight-by-ten framed boxing photos around

it if it wasn't so smoky in the place.


Joppy, how much they payin' out

there at McDonell Douglas?


I don't know. Don't it say--

His words hang as his eyes stray toward the door.

Easy looks up also at

THE DOORWAY which fills with the large frame of the white

MAN in an off-white linen suit, his pale eyes surveying the

room. Satisfied that all but two of the six tables in the

tiny room are unoccupied, he smiles at Joppy and walks to

the far end of the bar.

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Carl Franklin

Carl Franklin (born April 11, 1949) is an American actor, screenwriter and film and television director. Franklin is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and continued his education at the AFI Conservatory, where he graduated with an M.F.A. degree in directing in 1986. Franklin is most noted for Devil in a Blue Dress, which was based on the book by Walter Mosley and starred Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. more…

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