Directed by Carl Franklin • 1995 • United States
Starring Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
In a world divided by Black and white, private detective Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington) is about to cross the line. It’s 1948 and Los Angeles is booming, but Rawlins has seen better days. He’s just been fired and he’s got house payments to make, so when he is offered a job locating a mysterious white woman (Jennifer Beals), he doesn’t waste much time saying yes. Now, Rawlins finds himself drawn into a web of murder, blackmail, brutal cops, and corrupt city politics. Based on the acclaimed novel by mystery writer Walter Mosley, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS is a stylish and sophisticated reworking of hard-boiled noir conventions expertly directed by Carl Franklin.