"IT'S THE SUMMER OF 1948 AND EASY RAWLINS NEEDS MONEY.
Walter Mosley's 1990 mystery novel DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS drew great attention (and awards) for its story of the transformation of an ordinary African-American man into a detective. Carl Franklin's 1995 adaptation did the same in cinema, while helping to cement Denzel Washington as one of Hollywood's most versatile stars.
World War II vet Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins (Denzel Washington) isn't taking being laid off lying down. Despite having zero training, he becomes a private investigator, getting drawn into a mystery involving a missing woman suspected to be hiding out in one of Los Angeles' jazz clubs. Soon, Easy is in over his head amidst a sinister conspiracy.
Denzel Washington, fresh off an Oscar win for GLORY, cultivates his star power here with a sizzling performance. Joined onscreen by the likes of Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, and Don Cheadle, he leads a film that brought the noir genre new life. Praised for its sociological qualities as well as its hard-boiled edge, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS is a true landmark in the mystery genre."