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L.A. Confidential (1997)

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Original Title : L.A. Confidential
Director : Curtis Hanson
Writer : James Ellroy
Brian Helgeland
Curtis Hanson
Genre : Crime
Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Curtis Hanson , Brian Helgeland , Dan Kolsrud , Arnon Milchan , Michael G. Nathanson , David L. Wolper
Music : Jerry Goldsmith
Photography : Dante Spinotti
Distributor : Argentina Video Home (AVH)
IMDB ID : 0119488
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L.A. Confidential (1997) - Curtis Hanson
 

Starring

Kevin Spacey Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes
Russell Crowe Officer Wendell 'Bud' White
Guy Pearce Det .Lt. Edmund Jennings 'Ed' Exley
James Cromwell Capt. Dudley Liam Smith
Kim Basinger Lynn Bracken
David Strathairn Pierce Morehouse Patchett
Danny DeVito Sid Hudgens
Graham Beckel Det. Sgt. Richard Alex 'Dick' Stensland
Paul Guilfoyle Meyer Harris 'Mickey' Cohen
Ron Rifkin Dist. Atty. Ellis Loew
Matt McCoy Brett Chase
Paolo Seganti Johnny Stompanato
Sandra Taylor Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
Steve Rankin Officer Arresting Mickey Cohen
Elisabeth Granli Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
Allan Graf Wife Beater
Precious Chong Wife
Symba Smith Karen, Jack's Dancing Partner
Bob Clendenin Reporter at Hollywood Station
Lennie Loftin Photographer at Hollywood Station
Will Zahrn Liquor Store Owner
Amber Smith Susan Lefferts
Darrell Sandeen Leland 'Buzz' Meeks
Michael Warwick Sid's Assistant
Simon Baker Matt Reynolds (as Simon Baker Denny
Shawnee Free Jones Tammy Jordan
Matthew Allen Bretz Officer Escorting Mexicans
Thomas Rosales Jr. Mexican
Shane Dixon Officer
Norman Howell Officer
Brian Lally Intoxicated Officer at Hollywood Station
Don Pulford Officer
Chris Short Officer
John Mahon Police Chief
Tomas Arana Det. Michael Breuning
Michael McCleery Det. William Carlisle
George Yager Gangster at Victory Motel
Jack Conley Vice Captain
Ginger Slaughter Secretary in Vice
Jack Knight Detective at Detective Bureau
John H. Evans Patrolman at Nite Owl Cafe
Gene Wolande Forensic Chief
Brian Bossetta Forensic Officer
Michael Chieffo Coroner
Gwenda Deacon Mrs. Lefferts
Mike Kennedy Bud's Rejected Partner
Ingo Neuhaus Jack's Rejected Partner
Robert Harrison Pierce Patchett's Bodyguard
Jim Metzler City Councilman
Robert Barry Fleming Boxer
Jeremiah Birkett Raymond 'Sugar Ray' Collins
Salim Grant Louis Fontaine
Karreem Washington Ty Jones
Noel Evangelisti Stenographer
Marisol Padilla Sánchez Inez Soto (as Marisol Padilla Sanchez
Jeff Sanders Sylvester Fitch
Steven Lambert Roland Navarette
Jordan Marder Officer at Detective Bureau
Gregory White Mayor
April Breneman Lookalike Dancer
Lisa Worthy Lookalike Dancer
Beverly Sharpe Witness on 'Badge of Honor'
Colin Mitchell Reporter at Hospital
John Slade Photographer at Hospital
Brenda Bakke Lana Turner
Kevin Maloney Frolic Room Bartender
Patrice Walters Police File Clerk
Rebecca Klingler Police File Clerk (as Rebecca Jane Klingler
Irene Roseen Ellis Loew's Secretary
Scott Eberlein West Hollywood Sheriff's Deputy
David St. James Detective at Hush-Hush Office
Bodie Newcomb Officer at Hush-Hush Office
Jeff Austin Detective
Robert Foster Detective
Kevin Patrick Kelly Detective (as Kevin Kelly
Henry Marder Detective
Monty McKee Detective
Henry Meyers Detective
Michael Ossman Detective
Dick Stilwell Detective
Jess Thomas Detective
Robert Samuel Thompson Detective (as Samuel Thompson
Jody Wood Detective
Jonathan Adler Photographer (uncredited
Hennen Chambers Reporter (uncredited
Priscilla Cory Brunette Police Woman (uncredited
Deborah Kerr Herself (archive footage
Virginia Mayo Herself (archive footage
Scott McKinley Cop (uncredited
Marilyn Monroe Herself (archive footage
Jimmy Ortega 2nd Mexican (uncredited
Gilbert Rosales 3rd Mexican (uncredited
Nectar Rose Marilyn Monroe (uncredited
Jane Russell Herself (archive footage
Rocco Salata Uniformed Patrol Officer (uncredited
Frank Sinatra Himself (archive footage
Stacey Swall (uncredited
 

Plot

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out, Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control, and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime.
 

Comments

On of the best movies of the past 20 years., 26 November 2001 Author: Brad (medicineman) from Ft. Worth, Texas L.A. Confidential most likely falls into the category of one of the best movies of the past twenty years. The complex story line seemed to burst at the seams with intelligence. I found the complexity of several different sub-plots working together challenged the intellectual part of my brain while the intense action through out the entire movie satisfied the craving of the not-so-intellectual part of my brain that enjoys seeing a good brawl followed by a good shoot-out. Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson did and excellent job of combining many elements of several different kinds of films into one. They seem to have made this movie with several different audiences in mind. I for one, as I have mentioned, enjoyed the intellectual aspect as well as the action, while my wife enjoyed the combination of a love story with drama. It really has something for everyone. Bringing together all of these elements into one film sets it apart from many others. Of course the best aspect of L.A. Confidential is the way that not everything is as it seems, and then, in an instant, all of the plots are sprung like a trap and come together for a grand finale. Overall L.A. Confidential is an exceptional film that contains something for everyone.
 
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