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Devil in a Blue Dress | 1995 | R | - 4.4.5

Denzel Washington is Easy Rawlings -- a man minding his own business in 1948 when he gets dragged into a mystery involving race, sex and politics.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman have sex (no nudity) in an extended scene. Sexual references. A man holds a gun to a guy's head and threatens to have him perform oral sex on another man.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is beaten by the police (punched and hit in the head with a gun). A man is threatened with a bat. A man looks down the barrel of a gun a couple of times. A knife is held to a man's throat leaving a line of blood. A woman is held hostage and nearly beaten. A shoot-out results in many people dead and one man is shown with blood shooting out of his head as he dies. A corpse is found with a puddle of blood around it. Several fistfights.


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LANGUAGE 5 - One F-word, some scatological references and a few milder obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, politics, private detective work, unemployment.

MESSAGE - If it doesn't seem right, it probably isn't. Racism is prevalent even in places you don't expect it.

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