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Old-time crime movie with good guys, cops, bad giys, femme fetals and a great story
|Kevin Spacey||Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes|
|Guy Pearce||Det. Lt. Edmund Jennings " Ed " Exley|
|Danny DeVito||Sid Hudgens|
|James Cromwell||Cap. Dudley Liam Smith|
|Kim Basinger||Lynn Bracken|
|Russell Crowe||Wendell 'Bud' White|
|David Strathairn||Pierce Morehouse Patchett|
|Ron Rifkin||D.A. Ellis Loew|
|Matt McCoy||'Badge of Honor' Star Brett Chase|
|Paul Guilfoyle||Mickey Cohen|
|Paolo Seganti||Johnny Stompanato|
|Elisabeth Granli||Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner #1|
|Sandra Taylor||Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner #2|
|Steve Rankin||Officer Arresting Mickey Cohen|
|Graham Beckel||Dick Stensland|
|Nectar Rose||Marilyn Monroe|
|Brenda Bakke||Lana Turner|
|Jerry Goldsmith||Original Music Composer|
|Jay Hart||Set Decoration|
|Jeannine Claudia Oppewall||Set Designer|
|Dante Spinotti||Director of Photography|
|Michael G. Nathanson||Producer|
|Ruth Myers||Costume Design|
|William Arnold||Art Direction|
|James Ellroy||Story Contributor|
"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..."
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.
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