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L.A. Confidential
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
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Curtis Hanson
Kevin Spacey as Jack Vincennes
Russell Crowe as Bud White
Guy Pearce as Ed Exley
James Cromwell as Dudley Smith
Kim Basinger as Lynn Bracken
Danny DeVito as Sid Hudgens
David Strathairn as Pierce Patchett
Ron Rifkin as Deputy DA Ellis Loew
Matt McCoy as 'Badge of Honor' Star Brett Chase
Paul Guilfoyle as Mickey Cohen
Paolo Seganti as Johnny Stompanato
Elisabeth Granli as Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
Sandra Taylor as Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
Steve Rankin as Officer Arresting Mickey Cohen
Storyline: 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.
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Confidentially: Could have been MUCH Better
Watching L. A. CONFIDENTIAL at home, about a third of the way through the movie, I turned to my sister (a MAJOR Russell Crowe fan) and said, if this movie maintains the quality it has so far, I'll have to eat my words and admit it should have won best picture. Heck, had it maintained the quality and momentum, it would have been the best picture of the DECADE. However, the last third of the movie degenerates into succession of

contrivances and coincidences, and climaxes with one of the silliest shootouts in movie history.

However, I'd rather talk about the pluses of this film. This is quite simply the GREATEST recreation of an era I've ever

seen. From production design to set decoration to costume design to makeup, this movie is perfect. It's all topped off like a cherry on top with absolutely beautiful cinematography (some of the best I've ever seen) Those elements alone make TITANIC's seem like cheap artifices by comparison. I lived

through those years and this simply WAS the fifties. My only quibble (and one representative of the entire movie; that is, soft around the edges)is that NOBODY smokes. Excuse me...this is the fifties, EVERYBODY smoked. The character Ed Exley is

the best written, most complex character I've ever seen in ANY form of fiction, and Guy Pearce (quite possibly our best living actor) captures every nuance of this complex man. Russell Crowe is terrific, alternately frightening and lovable). Kevin Spacey is, well, Kevin Spacey...a sly cross between Humphrey Bogart and Gene Hackman, with charm to burn. Kim Basinger is radiant; she's never looked more beautiful or desirable. Sadly, she's underused, and doesn't have enough scenes to create new sides to the cliche "whore with a heart of gold." Late in the film, when she "seduces" Guy Pearce, she has all the "jiggles" right (NOBODY, not even Liz Taylor or Monroe looked THAT good in those 50s dresses), but isn't allowed the sluttiness to convince us the seduction is genuine (Kim, I know you won the Oscar; but you should really watch Michelle Pfeiffer in WOLF or WHAT LIES BENEATH to see how it's done). The scene seems weak and hollow and undercuts her otherwise fine performance. The is certainly the BEST ensemble acting of 1997. The only false note here is Danny DeVito (see, that softness around the edges again) once again playing Louie DePalma, this time moonlighting as the editor/publisher of HUSH HUSH (the thinly disguised CONFIDENTIAL magazine). What this part needed was the oiliness of Jay Mohr (JERRY MCGUIRE) Terry Kyser (WEEKEND AT BERNIES) or even David Strathairn (who plays Pierce Patchett). In other words, better olive oil than lard...

If you want a better constructed, less convoluted and better paced movie about police corruption, see THE BIG EASY. However, if you want to enjoy a sumptuousness feast of artistry, Kim Basinger's almost majestic beauty, Guy Pearce's and Russell Crowe's incredible performances, see L.A. CONFIDENTIAL. You'll have a REALLY good time.
A "Chinatown" for the 1990s
"L.A. Confidential" is brilliant. The screenplay and direction are second-to-none. The performances by the ensemble cast are also superb. Kim Basinger stands out the most with her Oscar-winning role. Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, and Danny DeVito all have their moments as well. The film deals with the seamy side of Los Angeles in the post-World War II 1950s. Los Angeles is a place of shady dealings and police corruption. To add to those problems is the creation of the smutty tabloid. Multi-layered and smart, "L.A. Confidential" will be the greatest survivor of the films released in 1997. 5 out of 5 stars.
Breathtaking, Gets better with every viewing
L.A. Confidential is definitely one of the greatest films of all time. The cast is perfect, the dialogue is amazing, as are the costumes. Even the setting seems perfect. Now, step deeper into the film. I see this film is dependent on media for the film. The media appears to be everywhere you look in L.A. Confidential. Had this film been made at the time of The Maltese Falcon (1942), the media wouldn't have been as omniprescent. It is interesting to note the similarities between the two films, as both are examples of the classical Hollywood narration. I am not going into too much detail on this because my disseration on this thesis will be soon posted on my website. Email me, thisisaj@yahoo.com if you would like to know when it is up.

Oh, the grade for this film, A. Hands down a winner, almost as good as The Shawshank Redemption and A Few Good Men.

***** Best Film of the 90s
Hands-down my favourite American film of the nineties. Curtis Hanson shocked the world by proving to be not only a great director but an auteur with this unbeatable adaptation of James Ellroy's terrifying novel about corruption and crime among members of the LAPD in the 1950s. The hard-boiled detective story angle is brought to life so beautifully, mostly because Jeannine Claudia Oppewall's production design recreates the dark underside of the 50s to such perfection that not even a Coke bottle label is missed. Add to that Dante Spinotti's stunning lighting that rides the fine line between artistic and believable comfortably (as all period camerawork should), Ruth Myers' costume designing and a script by Hanson and The Postman scribe Brian Helgeland (I know, I don't get it either) that pares down Ellroy's mammoth plot about a multiple murder in a local diner involving a policeman with suspicious ties without sacrificing the density of the story or the spiderweb of events involved with it, and you have the best movie of 1997, not to mention the most fascinating detective film ever made since Orson Welles' Touch of Evil. The cast is all brilliant, most notably Kim Basinger as a wordly prostitute who has not only a heart of gold but a mind of steel--Basinger is so strong in her character's every nuance you'll find yourself forgetting she's even acting--and Kevin Spacey as a Dean Martin-esque detective who not only solves an important part of the puzzle, he even discovers he possesses a soul beneath his flashy suits. I just can't get enough of this film.
A gripping, modern film noir
Idealistic and clever, but vain, police officer Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce) clashes with tough, unorthodox detective Bud White (Russell Crowe) over police conduct and a celebrity lookalike prostitute (Kim Basinger). After a shooting incident at the Night Owl Cafe, both begin to realise that something isn't quite right and start to unravel a seedy underworld of sex, murder and organised crime.

All the performances are almost faultless and the pace rockets along dragging you deeper and deeper. There are some marvellous twists in the plot and no character can be easily outlined as good or bad. Add to the cast James Cromwell as Captain Dudley Smith and Kevin Spacey as Jack Vincenz and you're definitely on to a winner.

I consider this film to be the best I've ever seen, it's that good. Go watch now! 10/10
Only Cromwell remains on top
Just watched this movie again last night. Thirteen yrs ago this picture received - across the board - the best set of reviews of ANY movie ever released in the history of Warner Brothers.

Today, it doesn't deserve that kind of hype. The list of reservations runs remarkably deep in hindsight. The script feels rushed and underdeveloped at key plot points (What does it represent, three novels boiled into one screenplay?) The romantic (triangle) subplot comprised of Russell Crowe, Kim Bassinger and Guy Pearce is grotesquely handled (compare it to the languorous sparring of Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell in the underrated "guilty pleasure," TEQUILA SUNRISE) Bassinger's performance is arguably the lamest one to ever be awarded a supporting Oscar. The love scenes between her and Crowe are written in the form of a fervent adolescent's sincerest wet dream. Psychological explanations are purest pulp. The mise-en-scene, which I thought was a tad overrated even at the time, now looks to be exclusively the work of the production research department. Visually, its actually pretty flat, playing like a solid cable series with some key episodes missing. Yet having said that much, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL benefits mightily from having a spectacular, cunningly sinister villain in James Cromwell. He is as good as one's memory of him. The climax of the picture, where his wickedness appears well-nigh omnipotent (Noah Cross with a badge)and, in classic melodramatic fashion, one fears for the lives of the two righteous detectives who are out to crack the case - yes, this last section still holds up and delivers the goods.

So in retrospect, I remain charitable and credit it a 7 out of 10 because so few melodramas have heart these days and this far-fetched conspiracy tale does reflect the convictions of its author, James Ellroy - even if what those convictions add up to is less than meets the eye.

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I Hate Hollywood A Little Bit Less
This film, like the one it gets compared to most often, "Chinatown", can be watched repeatedly and not become at all monotonous. Almost all facets (writing, directing, costume, dialogue, etc.) are dead-on: if I had to pick a favorite, it would be James Cromwell's absolutely menacing performance as Dudley Smith.
Very good screenplay, but cinematography was lacking
I really liked this movie because of two reasons. First, the acting was top notch. Kevin Spacey is just such a great actor. Virtually everything he touches is amazing (with that exception of The Negotiator). Russell Crowe is his usual quiet, but forceful self. And Guy Pierce! Who ever heard of this guy? He was fantastic. See the movie just to see a good young actor.

The script and screenplay in this movie were fantastic. It was a very engrossing story with a great, complex plot. You had to pay attention to every scene in order to not miss anything.

The only complaint I had with this movie was the cinematography. The directing was nothing special. No scenes were any different from any others. There really weren't any dramamtic shots or interesting camera work. Other than that everything was Grade-A, but because I hold such a high value for cinematography, I gave this an 8 with a note of good measure!
A truly classic film
When i first saw L.A. Confidential, i was simply blown away by it. Nothing about this movie is less than perfect. The cast is terrific, particularly Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. Curtis Hanson's direction is masterful as is his Oscar-winning script co-written by Brian Helgeland. The story, based on James Ellroy's novel is multi-layered and very engrossing, involving crime and corruption in 1950s L.A. This movie captures perfectly the look and mood of that time and place. From the opening scene to the very end, i sat there glued to the screen. I can't recall ever getting as lost in a film as I did with this one. I have watched it many times and it never gets tired. L.A. Confidential is certainly one of the greatest films ever made.
Acivement in world class
L.A. Confidential is perhaps, one of the best and most intriguing pieces of moving picture in the past few decades. The brilliancy of the script itself, deserves a standing ovation, because it is in my opinion, one of the most thought-out and nerve wrecking of its time. The direction by Curtis Hanson gives this intense and complex movie softness and makes a gentle approach to the audience, because none of the material is forced through, but instead it rests quietly in the subconsciousness of the audience the whole time. The plot is just awesome and stands out from any of the former (and later) police/criminal movies, because we get to experience the action behind the curtain, from a passive point of view. The plot has a great balance between tossing us into the action, and gently luring us through one mystery after another, trying to find the answers. The actors give the ideas of the script and the characters faces, and gives us a chance to relate and identify with the characters involved. Each of them delivers great performances: Spacey as always smart, sly and above all believable, though he does not exceed his brilliant performance in "The Usual Suspects". Crowe with his, so far, best performance in my opinion, with temper and depth. Pearce with an OK performance without really reaching the top, but fills out his character nicely. Devito is amusing and cool and does everything he can to contribute to this movie. Basinger with her Oscar-winning role, plays the beautiful blond convincingly and spices up the last aspect of the movie, with splendor and depth as well. Alltogehter this makes one hell of a good movie. Fast, smart, complicated, exciting, raw and above all believable and entertaining. Well done by the creators of L.A. Confidential.
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