Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

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Critic Consensus: Humor, interesting characters, and attention to details make the stylish Devil in a Blue Dress an above average noir.


Movie Info

Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, a decorated war hero who returns home to the segregation of post-war America. Forced to accept an under-the-table job finding a missing socialite, Easy is caught between the white power elite and the vibrant black community of Central Avenue. And as soon as Easy and his trigger-happy friend Mouse find the mysterious Daphne Monet, trouble follows.

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Walter Mosley, Carl Franklin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 1999
Runtime:
TriStar

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Cast


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 Miller

as Benny Giacomo

as Benny Giacomo

as Richard McGee

as Hattie Parsons

as Frank Green

as Barbara

as Herman

as Football

as Barbara's Sister

as Terell's Chauffeur

as Carter's Secretary

as Neighborhood Woman

as Alphonso Jenkins

as Butcher

as Cop in Car

as Cop in Station

as John's Band/Singer

as Nightclub Owner

as Pool Hall Owner

as Bootlegger
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Critic Reviews for Devil in a Blue Dress

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Sheer pleasure.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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A fluid, persuasive piece of movie-making graced with the considerable visual sophistication.

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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The film also does a convincing job of re-creating Los Angeles of 1948 with both specificity and poetry.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A bland, workaday detective flick.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

ythelastman89
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

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.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

This movie would have been so much better if it wasn't made at all & Denzel Washington is annoying like always

arashxak
Arash Xak

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