Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Critic Consensus: Humor, interesting characters, and attention to details make the stylish Devil in a Blue Dress an above average noir.
as Easy Rawlins
as DeWitt Albright
as Daphne Monet
as Matthew Terell
as Todd Carter
as Coretta James
as Dupree Brouchard
as Junior Fornay
as Benny Giacomo
as Benny Giacomo
as Richard McGee
as Hattie Parsons
as Frank Green
as Barbara's Sister
as Terell's Chauffeur
as Carter's Secretary
as Neighborhood Woman
as Alphonso Jenkins
as Cop in Car
as Cop in Station
as John's Band/Singer
as Nightclub Owner
as Pool Hall Owner
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Critic Reviews for Devil in a Blue Dress
Entering the main flow of the story relatively late, Don Cheadle steals all his scenes as a live-wire, trigger-happy old buddy of Easy's from Texas, while Sizemore and Mel Winkler, as colorful underworld figures, make strong impressions.
The role of Easy looks as tailor-made for Mr. Washington as his suit, and it shows off the full effect of this actor's movie-star dazzle.
A fluid, persuasive piece of movie-making graced with the considerable visual sophistication.
The film also does a convincing job of re-creating Los Angeles of 1948 with both specificity and poetry.
Audience Reviews for Devil in a Blue Dress
A lot of this movie is unintentionally funny, mostly because it is so obvious in trying to mock the whole Film Noir genre. However, it really doesn't end up doing so visually, which makes no sense really. It has a very unnecessary voice-over from Denzel Washington that really takes you out of the story rather than educate you on the characters and plot. The movie doesn't end up being really bad and for the most part it's very enjoyable, what with the bizarre performances and character choices. It does manage to get the time period down, which is the greatest strength of the movie. Jennifer Beals also plays one good Femme Fatal, but not enough to save the movie. The ending is really what sends it off into the nonsense territory, making the entire story completely worthless.
Honest working stiff Denzel Washington finds himself out of a job and desperate for money, so he accepts a job locating a young woman for a shady stranger. Devil In A Blue dress is an extremely stylish modern noir with a slightly different slant; the setting of a post war Los Angeles within the African American community gives this detective story a different flavour that marks it out from the norm. Denzel gives yet another solid performance of a tough but dignified, righteous man but the film is pretty much yanked out from under him by Don Cheadle in his breakthrough role. As Denzel's trigger happy sidekick he is both fearsome and hilarious and he effortlessly steals every scene he appears in. Although Tom Sizemore makes a good heavy, I felt we didn't see nearly enough of the corrupt politician who was behind all of these events but if you liked Chinatown or L.A. Confidential, this is well worth a look.
This movie would have been so much better if it wasn't made at all & Denzel Washington is annoying like always
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