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Devil in a Blue Dress
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Genre:Thriller
Year:1995
Rating:R
Length:1 Hour 41 Minutes
Cast:Carl Franklin, Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals

Denzel Washington stars in this adaptation of the novel by African-American crime author Walter Mosley, the first of his stories to reach the screen. Ezekiel Rawlins (Washington), known to his friends as "Easy," has just lost his job at an aircraft plant in post-WW II Los Angeles, a time when good-paying jobs for black men are hard to come by. He's wondering how to make his mortgage payment when he's approached by De Witt Albright (Tom Sizemore), who describes his job as "doing favors for friends." It seems that a woman named Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals) has gone missing; Daphne is the former girlfriend of current mayoral candidate Todd Carter (Terry Kinney) and a known habitu‚ of the black jazz clubs and night spots on L.A.'s Central Avenue. Albright offers Easy $100 to help him find Daphne, and while he doesn't have any detective experience, the price is right, so Easy agrees. Easy enlists the help of his friend Mouse (Don Cheadle), who seems to know just a bit too well how to use a gun, and begins searching for Daphne, which gives him all too clear a look at the lower depths of L.A.'s upper crust. Mark Deming

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