In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright, a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet, who he suspects is hiding out in one of the city's black jazz clubs. Strapped for money and facing house payments, Easy takes the job, but soon finds himself in over his head.
- Year: 1995
- Country: United States of America
- Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
- Studio: Mundy Lane Entertainment, TriStar Pictures, Clinica Estetico
- Keyword: based on novel or book, war veteran, jazz club, murder, los angeles, california, private detective, missing person, neo-noir, 1940s
- Director: Carl Franklin
- Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, Maury Chaykin, Terry Kinney