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L.A. Confidential (1997)

aka L.A. Confidential

"Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems."

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Details: 138 mins · English · R (USA)

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Old-time crime movie with good guys, cops, bad giys, femme fetals and a great story

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Cast:

Small Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes
Small Det. Lt. Edmund Jennings " Ed " Exley
Small Sid Hudgens
Small Cap. Dudley Liam Smith
Small Lynn Bracken
Small Wendell 'Bud' White
Small Pierce Morehouse Patchett
Small D.A. Ellis Loew
No_movie_poster 'Badge of Honor' Star Brett Chase
Small Mickey Cohen
Small Johnny Stompanato
No_movie_poster Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner #1
No_movie_poster Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner #2
No_movie_poster Officer Arresting Mickey Cohen
No_movie_poster Dick Stensland
Small Marilyn Monroe
Small Lana Turner

Crew:

Small Curtis Hanson Director
No_movie_poster Arnon Milchan Producer
No_movie_poster Mali Finn Casting
No_movie_poster Jerry Goldsmith Original Music Composer
Small Brian Helgeland Screenplay
No_movie_poster Peter Honess Editor
No_movie_poster Jay Hart Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Jeannine Claudia Oppewall Set Designer
No_movie_poster Dante Spinotti Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Michael G. Nathanson Producer
Small James Ellroy Author
No_movie_poster Ruth Myers Costume Design
No_movie_poster William Arnold Art Direction
Small Curtis Hanson Production
Small Curtis Hanson Writer
Small James Ellroy Story Contributor

Taglines:

"Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems."

"Everything is suspect...everyone is for sale...and nothing is what it seems."

"It's a crime saga that will shock you. It's a mystery that will keep you guessing. It's a thriller that will keep you riveted."

"Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush..."

Plot:

Against the backdrop of Los Angeles in 1953, three LAPD officers become caught up in corruption, sex and murder following a multiple homicide at the Nite Owl coffee shop. Their story expands to encompass organized crime, political corruption, narcotics, pornography, prostitution, tabloid journalism and institutional racism.


Sergeant Edmund "Ed" Exley (Pearce), the son of a legendary LAPD detective, is determined to live up to his father's reputation. His intelligence, insistence on following regulations, and his cold demeanor contribute to his social isolation from other officers. He exacerbates this resentment by volunteering to testify in a police brutality case (based on the real-life Bloody Christmas incident), insisting on a promotion to Detective Lieutenant (which he receives) against the advice of Captain Dudley Smith (James Cromwell). It is revealed that Exley's consuming ambition is fueled in large part by the murder of his father by an unknown assailant.


Officer Wendell "Bud" White (Crowe), whom Ed considers a "mindless thug," is a plainclothes officer violently obsessed with punishing woman-beaters. White comes to dislike Exley after his partner, Dick Stensland, is fired due to Exley's testimony in the "Bloody Christmas" scandal. White is sought out by Smith for a job intimidating out-of-town criminals trying to fill the void left in L.A. following the imprisonment of Mickey Cohen, the city's most successful and notorious gangster. The Nite Owl case becomes personal after Stensland is found to be one of the victims.


Sergeant Jack Vincennes (Spacey) is a slick and likable narcotics detective who moonlights as the technical advisor on Badge of Honor, a popular Dragnet-type TV crime program. He is also connected with Sid Hudgens (DeVito), publisher of Hush-Hush magazine, receiving kickbacks for tipping Hudgens off to celebrity arrests that will attract even more readers to the magazine. When young actor Matt Reynolds (Simon Baker) winds up dead during one of these schemes, a guilt-ridden Vincennes is determined to find who did it.


At different intervals, the three men investigate the Nite Owl killings and concurrent events which in turn begin to reveal indications of corruption all around them. Exley pursues absolute justice, all the while trying to live up to his family name. White pursues Nite Owl victim Susan Lefferts, which leads him to Lynn Bracken (Basinger), a Veronica Lake look-alike prostitute with ties to the case he and Exley are independently investigating.


Vincennes, meanwhile, follows up on a pornography racket with ties to both the Nite Owl and Lynn's wealthy pimp Pierce Patchett (David Strathairn), operator of Fleur-de-Lis, a call-girl service that runs prostitutes altered by plastic surgery to resemble popular film stars. All three men's fates are intertwined. A dramatic showdown eventually occurs with powerful and corrupt forces within the city's political leadership and the department.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1997-09-19 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1997-10-08 : France

Theatrical : 1997-10-17 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1997-10-29 : Philippines

Theatrical : 1997-10-30 : Australia

Theatrical : 1997-10-31 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1997-10-31 : Finland

Theatrical : 1997-10-31 : Ireland

Theatrical : 1997-10-31 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 1997-11-05 : Belgium

Theatrical : 1997-11-06 : Argentina

Theatrical : 1997-11-07 : Brazil

Theatrical : 1997-11-07 : Spain

Theatrical : 1997-11-13 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 1997-11-13 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 1997-11-13 : Slovenia

Theatrical : 1997-11-14 : Iceland

Theatrical : 1997-11-14 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1997-11-14 : South Africa

Theatrical : 1997-11-20 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 1997-11-20 : Singapore

Theatrical : 1997-11-21 : Poland

Theatrical : 1997-11-28 : Greece

Theatrical : 1997-11-28 : Thailand

Theatrical : 1997-12-04 : Germany

Theatrical : 1997-12-05 : Turkey

Theatrical : 1997-12-12 : Switzerland, German-speaking

Theatrical : 1998-01-02 : Bulgaria

Theatrical : 1998-01-08 : Czech Republic

Theatrical : 1998-01-08 : Slovakia

Theatrical : 1998-01-29 : Hungary

Theatrical : 1998-02-17 : Russia

Theatrical : 1998-03-07 : South Korea

Theatrical : 1998-07-18 : Japan

1997-05-14 : France

1997-09-05 : Canada

1997-10-16 : Israel

1999-03-03 : Portugal

2012-08-08 : Switzerland