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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 S√°nchez 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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