Black SplatDevil in a Blue Dress (1995)
   

"Look, you just said don’t shoot him, right? Well, I didn’t. I just...I choked him, Easy. Look, if you ain't want him killed, why'd you leave him with me?"

Devil in a Blue Dress - Don Cheadle and Denzel Washington

Description - Don Cheadle as Mouse Alexander, a genial psychopath assists Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington) in the motion picture Devil in a Blue Dress (1995). Mouse is apologizing for killing a man named Joppy (Henry Winkler), a local bar owner.

In the film, Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins, a black WWII veteran looks a missing white woman named Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals) amidst the backdrop of Los Angeles in the summer of 1948.

"A man once told me that when you step out of your door in the morning, you're already in trouble. The only question is, are you on top of that trouble or not?"

Laid off from his job at Champion Aircraft, Easy takes $100 from DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore) to help find Monet, the girlfriend of wealthy Todd Carter (Terry Kinney), a mayoral race candidate. Easy's friend Joppy introduced Albright to Easy who had a funny feeling about Albright, but he took the job and money nonetheless.

As Easy searches for the woman who is assumed to be hiding in the black community, he is hassled by thugs and police detectives. But Easy has a mind of his own and continues to search for the woman that nobody wants to be found.

In the end, Easy discovers Daphne Monet is alive and that her brother, Frank Green, a South Central gangster is half-black. This fact caused her boyfriend Todd Carter to drop out of the mayoral race.

Easy also learned the reason his girlfriend, Coretta James (Lisa Nicole Carson) was killed. She possessed a packet of child pedophile photographs that show a man named Matthew Terrell, Carter's rival mayoral candidate with underaged children. Easy found the pictures in Coretta's bible. Joppy accidentally killed her as he tried to get the pictures back. The photographs were the real reason why Dewitt Albright hired Easy.

With the photographs found, Carter dumps Daphne and decides to run for Mayor once again. Carter's family had initially paid Daphne a large sum of money ($30,000) to leave town, but she stayed, in hopes that Carter would marry her. But as Easy said:

"She was still convinced that her negro blood didn't matter now that Terrell couldn't use it to keep the man she wanted to marry out of the mayor's race. She was in love and couldn't see for dreaming, any better than the rest of us, I guess. 'Cause even though we had fought a war to keep the world free, the color line in Ameria worked both ways, and even a rich white man like Todd Carter was afraid to cross it."

Te settle things with Terrell, Easy gives up the pictures ("Looks like your back in the race"). Terrell pays Easy the $5800 he owes him and promises to handle the police, so Easy wouldn't have any trouble with them. Then Easy drives Daphne home to her brother's apartment.

"She had told me her story on the way home like a sinner who wanted to confess. Her real name was Ruby Hanks from Lake Charles, Lousiana and I suppose all she really wanted was place to fit in. A few days later my conscience got the best of me and I went by her place to bring back my half of her money, I was kind of excited to see her again but when I got there, she and her brother had picked up and gone."

Earlier, Mouse gave Easy half of the money he received from Daphne and said, "Hey man, look if you need somebody running streets with again, you give me a call 'cause you know how to put money in a niggers pocket."


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