- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 23, 1999
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Carl Franklin - Director
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Screen Test:
- Don Cheadle
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Premiere - 04/01/1996
"...A potboiler overflowing with possibilities..." - Recommended
Rolling Stone - 10/05/1995
"...[A] whip-smart and sexy film....Denzel Washington is flat-out perfection..."
Variety - 09/18/1995
"An engrossingly atmospheric dip into the dark waters of postwar urban intrigue....Washington's performance is alert and subtle..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/29/1995
"...A major accomplishment, a fluid, persuasive piece of movie-making graced with the considerable sophistication of Tak Fujimoto....This is a film in smooth control of its ways and means..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/29/1995
"...[Franklin] creates a rich atmospheric style, a mood; the characters do not stand on their own so much as inhabit places within a traditional frame....Washington's warmth at the center of it is like our own bemusement..."
Total Film - 08/01/2000
"...Set in a beautifully evoked late-'40s LA, it features an outstanding performance from Denzel Washington..."
Wall Street Journal - 08/01/2013
"Denzel Washington has never given a finer performance than in this elegant thriller, directed by Carl Franklin from a screenplay he based on the novel by Walter Mosely..."
"Easy" Rawlins (Denzel Washington), a black WWII veteran in 1948 Los Angeles, becomes an accidental private eye in this stylish period drama set against L.A.'s lush jazz scene. When a corrupt politician shows up in his neighborhood looking for help tracking down a mysterious missing white woman, Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), it leads to blackmail and murder Based on the novel by Walter Mosley, Carl Franklin's film is an original twist on the film noir/private detective genre, featuring an unforgettable supporting turn by Don Cheadle
Film Noir |
Theatrical Release |
- Released theatrically in the USA on September 29, 1995, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS grossed $15.9 million at the domestic box office.
- Don Cheadle was voted Best Supporting Actor of 1995 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his performance. He won a similar award from the National
Society of Film Critics, who also garnished the film with a Best Cinematography award.
- President Bill Clinton once declared that novelist Walter Mosley was his favorite author.