"I admire you as a policeman, particularly your adherence to violence as a necessary adjunct to the job."
- Capt. Dudley Smith (James Cromwell) to Bud White (Russell Crowe)
"There's blood on your shirt. Is that an integral part of your job'"--Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger) to Bud White "Yeah."--Bud White "Do you enjoy it'"--Lynn Bracken "When they deserve it."--Bud White "Did they deserve it today'"--Lynn Bracken "I'm not sure."--Bud White "Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush."
- Sid Hudgens (Danny De Vito)
Academy Awards 1997 -
Best Adapted Screenplay: Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson
Academy Awards 1997 -
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger
USA Today - 09/19/1997
"...Savory color schemes provide a vibrant backdrop for L.A. Confidential....Spacey puts the pride in snide and is a joy to watch..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 05/30/1997
"...L.A. Confidential brings the rancid thrill of corruption crackingly alive..."
New York Times - 09/19/1997
"...Resplendently wicked L.A. CONFIDENTIAL is a tough, gorgeous, vastly entertaining throwback to the Hollywood that did things right..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/19/1997
"...A dark, dangerous and intoxicating tale of big trouble in paradise, smartly done with the blackest possible humor..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/19/1997
"...There are convincing characters here....Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are two Australian actors who here move convincingly into starmaking roles..."
Total Film - 04/01/2004
"[A] crime classic. Faithful in spirit to James Ellroy's grimy masterpiece....Irresistible but deadly."
Wall Street Journal - 11/18/2010
"[T]he style is delicately ironic. Curtis Hanson directed a flawless cast..."
Director Curtis Hanson captures the duality of 1950s Los Angeles in this striking film noir adaptation of James Ellroy's novel. The City of Angels might be sunny, inviting, and glamorous to the rest of the world, but it's also filled with corrupt cops, elegant hookers, murder cover-ups, and manipulative paparazzi, all of which are just the tip of the iceberg. It's impossible to know exactly who's trustworthy and who's not as three detectives (Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce) each use their own tactics to investigate a coffee-shop massacre.
The script by Hanson and Brian Helgeland maintains the fragile framework of human relationships developed in the novel, while 45 different shooting locations give the film a solidly unique tone and feeling of integrity, immersing the viewer in 1950s Los Angeles. The entire cast is first-rate, with compelling performances from Spacey, Crowe, Pearce, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger, and David Strathairn.
Big City |
Essential Cinema |
Film Noir |
Theatrical release: September 19, 1997.
Filmed in and around Los Angeles and Hollywood, California.
Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland wrote seven drafts of the script before settling on the final version.
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL included 80 speaking parts and used 45 different locations.
Both Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are Australian. Hanson specifically chose lesser known actors to play these roles while filling the role of James Vincennes, the celebrity cop, with a well-known star, Kevin Spacey.