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The UA Hanson Film Institute and The Fox Tucson Theatre Present

Saturday, September 16


THE MIGHTY QUINN (1989) USA, 98 mins – 4:00 pm

Directed by Carl Schenkel

Starring Denzel Washington, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, M Emmet Walsh, Robert Townsend

The Mighty Quinn is a spy thriller, a buddy movie, a musical, a comedy and a picture that is wise about human nature. And yet with all of those qualities, it never seems to strain: This is a graceful, almost charmed, entertainment. It tells the story of a police chief on an island not unlike Jamaica who gets caught in the middle when a wealthy developer is found murdered. Everyone seems to believe the chief’s best friend, a no-account drifter named Maubee, committed the crime. Everyone but the chief, and the chief’s wife, who observes laconically, “Maubee is a lover, not a killer.” The film stars Denzel Washington in one of those roles that creates a movie star overnight. You might have imagined that would have happened to Washington after he starred in Cry Freedom as the South African hero Steven Biko. He got an Oscar nomination for that performance, but it didn’t even begin to hint at his reserves of charm, sexiness and offbeat humor. – Roger Ebert, 1989\


DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995) USA, 102 mins. – 7:30 pm

Directed by Carl Franklin

Starring Denzel Washington, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, Tom Sizemore


Devil in a Blue Dress is the whip-smart and sexy film version of Walter Mosley’s acclaimed 1990 debut novel. Set in Los Angeles in 1948, Devil puts a spin on Chinatown to provide a black perspective on the layers of corruption that stretch from the streets to the corridors of power. Denzel Washington is flat-out perfection as Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a private detective almost by accident entrusted to track down a missing woman. Easy finds himself drawn into an unexpected web of intrigue and murder…Writer and director Carl Franklin (One False Move) scores a triumph in using the brooding atmosphere and racial tension of the sun-kissed, seedy City of Angels to reveal character and reclaim a neglected past that ace cinematographer Tak Fujimoto brings to vivid life. – Excerpted from Rolling Stone