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L.A. Confidential

original film poster
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Produced by Curtis Hanson
Arnon Milchan
Written by Novel:
James Ellroy
Screenplay:
Brian Helgeland
Curtis Hanson
Starring Kevin Spacey
Russell Crowe
Guy Pearce
James Cromwell
Kim Basinger
David Strathairn
Danny DeVito
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Dante Spinotti
Editing by Peter Honess
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) September 19, 1997 (U.S. release)
Running time 138 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

L.A. Confidential is a crime novel by James Ellroy published in 1990 that was adapted into a 1997 feature film. Both tell the story of Los Angeles police in the 1950s, and police corruption bumping up against Hollywood celebrity. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (510x755, 77 KB)original movie poster source:[1] This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Curtis Lee Hanson (born 24 March 1945) is a film director from in Reno, Nevada, whose movies include: Losin It (1983) Bad Influence (1990) The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) The River Wild (1994) L.A. Confidential (1997) Wonder Boys (2000) 8 Mile (2002) In Her Shoes (2005) Lucky... Curtis Lee Hanson (born 24 March 1945) is a film director from in Reno, Nevada, whose movies include: Losin It (1983) Bad Influence (1990) The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) The River Wild (1994) L.A. Confidential (1997) Wonder Boys (2000) 8 Mile (2002) In Her Shoes (2005) Lucky... Arnon Milchan (1945-) is movie producer and businessman. ... James Ellroy (born Lee Earle Ellroy on March 4, 1948 in Los Angeles, California) is an American writer. ... Brian Helgeland (born January 17, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a movie writer and director, who graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. ... Curtis Lee Hanson (born 24 March 1945) is a film director from in Reno, Nevada, whose movies include: Losin It (1983) Bad Influence (1990) The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) The River Wild (1994) L.A. Confidential (1997) Wonder Boys (2000) 8 Mile (2002) In Her Shoes (2005) Lucky... Kevin Spacey (born Kevin Spacey Fowler[1] on July 26, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is an Oscar-winning New Zealand-born, Australian film actor. ... Guy Pearce in Memento (2000). ... James Cromwell as George Sibley from Six Feet Under (2005) James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940) is an Academy Award-nominated American television and film actor. ... Kimila Ann Basinger (pronounced ) (born December 8, 1953 in Athens, Georgia) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... David Russell Strathairn (born on January 26, 1949) is an Academy Award-nominated American film and television actor. ... Daniel Michael DeVito (born November 17, 1944) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, director, and an Oscar-nominated producer, who first gained prominence for his portrayal of Louie De Palma on the popular ABC and NBC TV series Taxi (1978–1983). ... Jerrald King Goldsmith (February 10, 1929 – July 21, 2004) was a famous American film score composer from Los Angeles, California. ... Born in Tolmezzo, Italy on August 22nd, 1943, Dante Spinotti is a well respected cinematographer. ... Peter Honess is an ACE-certified film editor. ... Warner Bros. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... This is a list of film-related events in 1997. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Sherlock Holmes, pipe-puffing hero of crime fiction, confers with his colleague Dr. Watson; together these characters popularized the genre. ... James Ellroy (born Lee Earle Ellroy on March 4, 1948 in Los Angeles, California) is an American writer. ... See also: 1989 in literature, other events of 1990, 1991 in literature, list of years in literature. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... ...


Ellroy's novel (ISBN 0-446-67424-9 in paperback) is the third entry in Ellroy's "LA Quartet" series of noir novels. Cover of seminal hardboiled magazine Black Mask, September 1929, featuring part 1 of its serialization of The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett. ...


The film adaptation was directed and cowritten by Curtis Hanson, and stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce as a trio of protagonists. Co-stars include James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, David Strathairn, and Ron Rifkin. Film adaptation is the transfer of a written work to a feature film. ... Curtis Lee Hanson (born 24 March 1945) is a film director from in Reno, Nevada, whose movies include: Losin It (1983) Bad Influence (1990) The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) The River Wild (1994) L.A. Confidential (1997) Wonder Boys (2000) 8 Mile (2002) In Her Shoes (2005) Lucky... Kevin Spacey (born Kevin Spacey Fowler[1] on July 26, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is an Oscar-winning New Zealand-born, Australian film actor. ... Guy Pearce in Memento (2000). ... The main character is the central figure of a story. ... James Cromwell as George Sibley from Six Feet Under (2005) James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940) is an Academy Award-nominated American television and film actor. ... Kimila Ann Basinger (pronounced ) (born December 8, 1953 in Athens, Georgia) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Daniel Michael DeVito (born November 17, 1944) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, director, and an Oscar-nominated producer, who first gained prominence for his portrayal of Louie De Palma on the popular ABC and NBC TV series Taxi (1978–1983). ... David Russell Strathairn (born on January 26, 1949) is an Academy Award-nominated American film and television actor. ... Ron Rifkin, born October 31, 1939, in New York City, New York, USA, is a film, stage, and television actor and director. ...

Contents

Plot

The story is about policemen in 1953 who are caught up in a mixture of lies, sex, corruption and murder following a mass murder at the Nite Owl coffee shop. The story eventually stretches to encompass organized crime, political corruption, heroin, pornography, prostitution, tabloid journalism, plastic surgery and Hollywood. The novel's title refers to the infamous 1950s scandal magazine Confidential, portrayed fictionally therein as Hush-Hush. 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... This article deals with mass killings which are not considered genocide. ... Coffee Shop is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1995 album, One Hot Minute. ... Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ... Heroin, also known as diamorphine (BAN) or diacetylmorphine (INN), is a semi-synthetic opioid. ... Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ... Whore redirects here. ... ... Confidential, July 1957. ...


Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) is a slick and likable Hollywood cop who moonlights as the technical advisor of Badge of Honor, a popular Dragnet-like television show. Vincennes is connected with Hush-Hush magazine: he receives hefty payoffs for making orchestrated celebrity arrests, often involving narcotics, that will attract even more readers to the magazine - and more fame to himself. Kevin Spacey (born Kevin Spacey Fowler[1] on July 26, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... Dragnet opening frame from the 1967 version. ... The term narcotic, derived from the Greek word for stupor, originally referred to a variety of substances that induced sleep (such state is narcosis). ...


Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce), the son of a legendary LAPD cop, is a brilliant detective determined to outdo his father. Ed's intelligence, his education, his glasses, his insistence on following regulations, and his cold demeanor all contribute to Ed's social isolation from other officers. He increases the resentment of other police against him by testifying against other cops in a police brutality case (a fictional version of the Bloody Christmas incident) early in the novel. Guy Pearce in Memento (2000). ... It has been suggested that Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners be merged into this article or section. ... David Kirkwood on the ground after being struck by police batons Police brutality is a term used to describe the excessive use of physical force, assault, verbal attacks, and threats by police officers and other law enforcement officers. ... Bloody Christmas refers to the controversy surrounding the beating of seven young Latino men by about fifty members of the LAPD while the young men were in police custody on Christmas day, 1951. ...


Wendell "Bud" White (Russell Crowe), the most feared man in the LAPD, is a six-foot tall muscleman. His partner was convicted and expelled from the police force in the "Bloody Christmas" scandal by Exley's testimony, and Bud vows revenge. His ties to the Nite Owl case become personal when his partner is one of the victims among the massacre. He has a violent obsession with men who abuse women, counterbalanced by his tenderness towards the victims. His temper often overpowers his thought. Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is an Oscar-winning New Zealand-born, Australian film actor. ...


At different intervals, the three men begin to investigate the Nite Owl case that starts revealing deep tales of corruption within their own precinct. Capt. Dudley Smith (James Cromwell) takes young Edmund under his wing and tries to show him the ropes of being a cop while Bud develops a relationship with a prostitute that might be a crucial turning point to the case Edmund is investigating. James Cromwell as George Sibley from Six Feet Under (2005) James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940) is an Academy Award-nominated American television and film actor. ...


Changes from novel to film

Helgeland and Hanson were forced to make major changes to the plot to pare the story down to feature-length. Those sections notably missing or shortened are:

  • Bud's subplot involving a serial killer who murders prostitutes.
  • Ed's father.
  • Inez Soto's subplot.
  • the Dieterling (Disney) subplot.
  • nearly all of Jack's back story and his marriage.
  • Bud's partner loses his job and pension and is killed at the Night Owl in the film but is not imprisoned.
  • In Ed's back story, the role of his brother is replaced with an anecdote about his father, whose murder by an unknown criminal Ed dubbed Rollo Tomasi inspired his police career. Also, Ed is a medal winning veteran of World War II from the Pacific Theater which events he flashbacks to during the Bloody Christmas riot.

Author James Ellroy expressed his satisfaction with the finished result on the DVD extra features. Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... Rollo Tomasi is an imaginary character from the 1997 movie L.A. Confidential. ...

Film

The movie was adapted by Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson from Ellroy's novel. Hanson directed the movie. Brian Helgeland (born January 17, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a movie writer and director, who graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. ... Curtis Lee Hanson (born 24 March 1945) is a film director from in Reno, Nevada, whose movies include: Losin It (1983) Bad Influence (1990) The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992) The River Wild (1994) L.A. Confidential (1997) Wonder Boys (2000) 8 Mile (2002) In Her Shoes (2005) Lucky...


Awards and nominations

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Trivia

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References

    External links

    • L.A. Confidential at the Internet Movie Database
    • David Strathairn Online: L.A. Confidential
    • L.A. Confidential at Rotten Tomatoes
    • Spliced Online's interviews with James Ellroy and Curtis Hanson

     
     

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