It is 1948 in LA and Ezikeal "Easy" Rawlins (Denzel Washington), an
African-American World War II veteran, is looking for work. At his friend's bar, he is
introduced to a white man, DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore), who is looking for someone to help
him find a missing white woman assumed to be hiding somewhere in LA's black community. This
woman, Daphane Monet (Jennifer Beals), happens to be the fiancée of a wealthy "blue
blood", Todd Carter, who is currently LA's favorite in the city's mayoralty race. Daphane
Monet is know to frequent the black Jazz clubs in LA. Easy, innocently, accepts
Albright's offer; however, he quickly finds himself amidst murder, crooked cops, ruthless
politicians, and brutalizing hoodlums. This is a Chandler-esque "who-done-it" with an
Carl Franklin wrote the screenplay from a novel by Walter Mosley.
Received no Academy Award nominations, but won two National Society of
Film Critics Awards: for best cinematography and best supporting actor (Don Cheadle).
Rated R for violence, sexuality and language.
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