L.A. Confidential R

Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 11, 2015
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: New Regency
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Off the record: vintage cast/creator interviews
    • Director Curtis Hanson's photo pitch
    • The L.A. of L.A. Confidential interactive map tour
    • Music-only track (5.1)
    • showcasing Jerry Goldsmith's score
    • Production notes
    • Theatrical trailer & TV spots
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Performer: , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Produced by , &
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"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)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1997 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson
Academy Awards 1997 - Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh99%

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Total Count: 111

Upright94%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 150,514
...There are convincing characters here....Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are two Australian actors who here move convincingly into starmaking roles...
Chicago Sun-Times
Sep 19, 1997
Rating: 5/5 -- Spicy and boiling-hot, this sensational early-'50s crime drama is a morality play disguised as pulp fiction -- a sprawling saga of corruption and redemption set against a flashy West Coast backdrop. Full Review
Orlando Sentinel
Jun 4, 2014
[A] crime classic. Faithful in spirit to James Ellroy's grimy masterpiece....Irresistible but deadly.
Total Film
Apr 1, 2004
[T]he style is delicately ironic. Curtis Hanson directed a flawless cast...
Wall Street Journal
Nov 18, 2010
Rating: 4/4 -- L.A. Confidential isn't quite up there with Chinatown, but it's the closest thing to come down the Santa Monica Freeway in the last 23 years. Full Review
Philadelphia Inquirer
Jun 4, 2014
Rating: A -- A sublimely complex story. Full Review
Movie Chambers
Oct 2, 2017
Rating: 4/4 -- At the center of the movie are three mismatched cops with separately fueled ambitions, ferociously played by Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. Their combined charisma almost smashes through the screen. Full Review
New York Daily News
Jun 4, 2014

Product Description:

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.

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Production Notes:

  • 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.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 28,099
  • UPC: 024543215417
  • Shipping Weight: 0.13/lbs (approx)
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