Devil in a Blue Dress

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This is a 1995 film noir movie, directed by Carl Franklin, and based on a novel by Walter Mosley.     It's set in Los Angeles, 1948, and stars Denzel Washington as Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlings, recently fired from his job at an aircraft manufa...

This is a 1995 film noir movie, directed by Carl Franklin, and based on a novel by Walter Mosley.  

 

It's set in Los Angeles, 1948, and stars Denzel Washington as Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlings, recently fired from his job at an aircraft manufacturer, who is hired to find the missing girlfriend of an aspiring politician. Of course it's not long before Easy finds himself caught up in a web of murder, deception and corruption.  

 

It's a film about someone becoming a private detective, rather than already being a full P.I. The film sticks by and large to the rules of the genre, but it does have important points to make about race relations in that time and place. There is a strong sense of place and some cool hard-boiled dialogue. Denzel Washington is perfect as the charismatic Easy Rawlings, with strong support from Tom Sizemore as his shady employer. Don Cheadle almost walks away with the film, making the most of every second of his brief screen time as Easy's murderous friend Mouse. The only caveat is that Jennifer Beals doesn't have much to do as the mysterious femme fatale.

 

This is an enjoyable, strong film, well worth checking out.

 

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