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In a time when it seems that every other movie makes some claim to being a film noir, L.A. Confidential is the real thing--a gritty, sordid tale of sex, scandal, betrayal, and corruption of all sorts (police, political, press--and, of course, very personal) in 1940s Hollywood. The Oscar-winning screenplay is actually based on several titles in James Ellroy's series of chronological thriller novels (including the title volume, The Big Nowhere, and White Jazz)--a compelling blend of L.A. history and pulp fiction that has earned it comparisons to the greatest of all Technicolor noir films, Chinatown. Kim Basinger richly deserved her Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a conflicted femme fatale; unfortunately, her male costars are so uniformly fine that they may have canceled each other out with the Academy voters: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, and James Cromwell play LAPD officers of varying stripes. Pearce's character is a particularly intriguing study in Hollywood amorality and ambition, a strait-laced "hero" (and son of a departmental legend) whose career goals outweigh all other moral, ethical, and legal considerations. If he's a good guy, it's only because he sees it as the quickest route to a promotion. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Kevin SpaceyJack Vincennes
Russell CroweWendell 'Bud' White
Guy PearceEdmund J. Exley
James CromwellDudley Smith
Kim BasingerLynn Bracken
Danny DeVitoSid Hudgens
David StrathairnPierce Morehouse Patchett
Ron RifkinD.A. Ellis Loew
Matt McCoy'Badge of Honor' Star Brett Chase
Paul GuilfoyleMickey Cohen
Paolo SegantiJohnny Stompanato
Simon BakerMatt Reynolds

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Theme(s): Mob/Organized Crime
  • Director: Curtis Hanson
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 136 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 19, 1997
    EuropeOct 31, 1997
    JapanJul 18, 1998
    AustraliaOct 30, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 23, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 30, 2004
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