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L.A. Confidential

Theatrical poster
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Produced by Curtis Hanson
Arnon Milchan
Michael G. Nathanson
Written by Novel:
James Ellroy
Screenplay:
Curtis Hanson
Brian Helgeland
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 Brothers
Release date(s) September 19, 1997 (U.S. release)
Running time 138 minutes
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $35,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $126,216,940
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

L.A. Confidential is a 1997 feature film based on the 1990 crime fiction novel of the same title by James Ellroy, the third in his L.A. Quartet novel cycle. Both book and film tell the story about a group of Los Angeles police in the 1950s, and police corruption bumping up against Hollywood celebrity. The film adaptation was written, produced and directed by Curtis Hanson, co-written by Brian Helgeland and Hanson with an ensemble cast including Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, David Strathairn and Danny DeVito. As of October 20, 2007, L.A. Confidential was ranked #55 on Internet Movie Database's Top 250 films list. 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. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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. ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor (film and stage) and director. ... Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is a New Zealand-Australian[1] actor. ... Guy Pearce in Memento (2000). ... James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940), sometimes credited as Jamie Cromwell, is an Academy Award-nominated American television and film actor. ... Kimila Ann Basinger (born December 8, 1953) 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 Jr. ... 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. ... Warner Bros. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... L.A. Confidential is a crime novel by James Ellroy published in 1990 that was adapted into a 1997 feature film. ... The year 1997 in film involved some significant events. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... See also: 1989 in literature, other events of 1990, 1991 in literature, list of years in literature. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with mystery_fiction. ... L.A. Confidential is a crime novel by James Ellroy published in 1990 that was adapted into a 1997 feature film. ... James Ellroy (born Lee Earle Ellroy on March 4, 1948 in Los Angeles, California) is an American writer. ... James Ellroys is made up of four Crime fiction novels set in the late 1940s and early 1950s in Los Angeles. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Hollywood redirects here. ... Film adaptation is the transfer of a written work to a feature film. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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. ... An ensemble cast is a cast in which the principal performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance in a dramatic production. ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor (film and stage) and director. ... Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is a New Zealand-Australian[1] actor. ... Guy Pearce in Memento (2000). ... James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940), sometimes credited as Jamie Cromwell, is an Academy Award-nominated American television and film actor. ... Kimila Ann Basinger (born December 8, 1953) 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 Jr. ... is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

Contents

Plot

Set against the backdrop of the glitz, glamour, grit and noir of early 1950s Los Angeles the film revolves around three LAPD officers who are caught up in a mix of corruption, sex, lies, and murder following a mass killing at the Nite Owl coffee shop. The story eventually encompasses organized crime, political corruption, heroin, pornography, prostitution, tabloid journalism, institutional racism, plastic surgery and Hollywood. The novel's title refers to the infamous 1950s scandal magazine Confidential, portrayed fictionally therein as Hush-Hush. The Los Angeles Police Department (usually known as the LAPD) is the police department of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... A mass murder (massacre) involves the murder of large numbers of people either by a state or an individual. ... Coffee Shop is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1995 album, One Hot Minute. ... Organized crime or criminal organizations are groups or operations run by criminals, most commonly for the purpose of generating a monetary profit. ... For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... Porn redirects here. ... Whore redirects here. ... ... Confidential, July 1957. ...


Detective Lieutenant Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce), the son of a legendary LAPD Inspector, is a brilliant detective in his own right determined to out do his father. Ed's intelligence, his education, his glasses, his insistence on following regulations, and his cold demeanor all contribute to his social isolation from other officers. He increases this resentment after testifying against other cops in a police brutality case (a fictional version of the Bloody Christmas incident) early on and reaps the benefit of promotion. He is motivated by justice and a sense of order. Guy Pearce in Memento (2000). ... LAPD and L.A.P.D. redirect here. ... January 31 1919: David Kirkwood on the ground after being struck by batons of the Glasgow police 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. ...


Officer Wendell "Bud" White (Russell Crowe), the most feared man in the LAPD, is a six-foot tall muscle man. His partner, Dick Stensland, was convicted and expelled from the force following the "Bloody Christmas" scandal by Exley's testimony and Bud vows revenge. His ties to the Nite Owl case become personal after Stensland is one of the victims in the massacre. He has a violent obsession with woman-beaters, counterbalanced by his tenderness towards the victims. His temper often overpowers his thought. He is sought out by Capt. Dudley Smith for a black bag job intimidating outside mafia influence in Los Angeles. Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is a New Zealand-Australian[1] actor. ... “Domestic disturbance” redirects here. ...


Sergeant 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 Sid Hudgeons and Hush-Hush magazine. He receives kickbacks 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 July 26, 1959) is an 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). ...


At different intervals the three men investigate the Nite Owl and concurrent events of the case which in turn begin to reveal deep tales of corruption with their own superiors. Ed Exley pursues absolute justice of the Nite Owl slayings all the while trying to live up to his family's prestigious name. Bud White pursues Nite Owl victim Susan Lefferts which leads him to Lynn Bracken, a call-girl with pivotal ties to the events he and Exley independently investigate. Meanwhile, Jack Vincennes follows up on a pornography case which in turn leads to ties to both the Nite Owl and Bracken's handler Pierce Patchett, operator of a call-girl service that runs prostitutes cut to look like movie stars. All three men's fate are thereby intertwined leading to a dramatic showdown with powerful and corrupt forces within the city's political leadership and the department itself.


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; Exley's father; Inez Soto's subplot, including Exley's romantic involvement with her; and the Dieterling (Disney) subplot. Also omitted is nearly all of Vincennes' back story and his marriage. Bud's partner loses his job and pension and is killed at the Nite Owl in the film but is not imprisoned. In Exley's back story, the role of his brother is replaced with an anecdote about his father, whose murder by an unknown criminal dubbed "Rollo Tomasi", inspired his police career. Also, Exley is a medal-winning veteran of World War II from the Pacific Theater, moments of which he flashbacks to during the Bloody Christmas riot. 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. ...


Cast

Main
Actor Role
Kevin Spacey Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes
Russell Crowe Officer Wendell "Bud" White
Guy Pearce Det .Lt. Edmund Jennings "Ed" Exley
James Cromwell Capt. Dudley Liam Smith
Kim Basinger Lynn Bracken
David Strathairn Pierce Morehouse Patchett
Danny DeVito Sid Hudgens
Cameos
Actor Role
Graham Beckel Det. Sgt. Richard Alex "Dick" Stensland
Paul Guilfoyle Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen
Ron Rifkin Dist. Atty. Ellis Loew
Matt McCoy Brett Chase
Paolo Seganti Johnny Stompanato

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Production

Origins

Russell Crowe as Officer Wendell "Bud" White.

Curtis Hanson had read half a dozen of James Ellroy's books before he read L.A. Confidential and was drawn to its characters, not the plot. He said, "What hooked me on them was that, as I met them, one after the other, I didn't like them - but as I continued reading, I started to care about them."[1] Ellroy's novel also made Hanson think about L.A. and provided him with an opportunity to "set a movie at a point in time when the whole dream of Los Angeles, from that apparently golden era of the '20s and '30s, was being bulldozed."[1] Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was originally signed to Warner Brothers to write a Viking film with director Uli Edel and then worked on an unproduced modern-day King Arthur story. Helgeland was a long-time fan of Ellroy's novels and when he heard that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights to Confidential in 1990, he lobbied to script the film.[1] However, at the time, the studio was only talking to well-known screenwriters. When he finally did get a meeting, it was canceled two days before it occurred.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Russell Ira Crowe (born April 7, 1964) is a New Zealand-Australian[1] actor. ... Police officers in South Australia A police officer (or policeman/policewoman) is a warranted worker of a police force. ... Warner Bros. ... Uli Edel (born April 11, 1947 in Neuenburg, Germany), German film director. ... For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ...


Helgeland found that Hanson had been hired to direct and met with him while the filmmaker was making The River Wild. They found that not only did they share a love for Ellroy's fiction but also agreed on how to adapt Confidential into a film. According to Helgeland, they had "to remove every scene from the book that didn't have the three main cops in it, and then to work from those scenes out."[1] According to Hanson, he "wanted the audience to be challenged but at the same time I didn't want them to get lost."[2] They worked on the script together for two years with Hanson turning down jobs and Helgeland writing seven drafts for free.[1] The two men also got Ellroy's approval of their approach. He had seen Hanson's films, The Bedroom Window and Bad Influence and found him to be "a competent and interesting storyteller", but was not convinced that his book would be made into a film until he talked to the director.[1] He later said, "They preserved the basic integrity of the book and its main theme...Brian and Curtis took a work of fiction that had eight plotlines, reduced those to three, and retained the dramatic force of three men working out their destiny."[1] The River Wild is a 1994 American thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, and Joseph Mazzello. ... The Bedroom Window is a 1987 thriller directed by Curtis Hanson. ... Bad Influence is a 1990 American film starring Rob Lowe and James Spader. ...


Warner Bros. executive Bill Gerber showed the script to Michael Nathansan, CEO of New Regency Productions, which had a deal with the studio. Nathanson loved it but they had to get the approval from the owner of New Regency, Arnold Milchan. Hanson prepared a presentation that consisted of 15 vintage postcards and pictures of L.A. mounted on poster-boards and made his pitch to Milchan. The pictures consisted of orange groves, beaches, tract homes in the San Fernando Valley, and the opening of the Hollywood Freeway to symbolize the image of prosperity sold to the public.[1] Then, Hanson showed the darker side of Ellroy's novel with the cover of scandal rag, Confidential and the famous shot of Robert Mitchum coming out of jail after his marijuana bust. He also had photographs of jazz musicians of the time: Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, and Chet Baker to represent the music people listened to.[1] Hanson emphasized that the period detail would be in the background and the characters in the foreground. Milchan was impressed with his presentation and agreed to finance it. New Regency Productions is a production company founded in 1991 by Arnon Milchan. ... San Fernando Valley from its southwestern edge. ... The Hollywood Freeway is one of the principal freeways of Los Angeles, California (the boundaries of which it does not leave) and one of the busiest in the United States. ... Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja,[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa L. subsp. ... John Haley Zoot Sims was an American jazz musician. ... Gerald Joseph Gerry Mulligan (April 6, 1927 – January 20, 1996) was an American jazz musician, composer and arranger best known for his baritone saxophone playing. ... Chesney Henry Chet Baker Jr. ...


Casting

Guy Pearce as Det .Lt. Edmund Jennings "Ed" Exley.

Hanson had seen Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper and found him "repulsive and scary but captivating."[1] The actor had read Ellroy's The Black Dahlia but not L.A. Confidential and when he read the script was drawn to Bud White's "self-righteous moral crusade."[3] Crowe fit the visual preconception of Bud. Hanson put the actor on tape doing a few scenes from the script and showed it to the film's producers who agreed to cast him as Bud.[4] Guy Pearce auditioned like countless other actors and Hanson felt that he "was very much what I had in mind for Ed Exley."[1] The director purposely did not watch the actor in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert afraid that it might taint his decision.[4] Like he did with Crowe, Hanson put Pearce on tape and showed it to the producers who agreed he should be cast as Exley. Pearce did not like Exley when he first read the screenplay and remarked, "I was pretty quick to judge him and dislike him for being so self-righteous...But I liked how honest he became about himself. I knew I could grow to respect and understand him."[5] At the time, both Australian actors were relative unknowns in North America and Milchan was worried about the lack of movie stars in the lead roles.[1] However, he supported Hanson's casting decisions and this gave the director the confidence to approach Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito and Kevin Spacey. Hanson cast Crowe and Pearce because he wanted to "replicate my experience of the book. You don't like any of these characters at first, but the deeper you get into their story, the more you begin to sympathize with them. I didn't want actors audiences knew and already liked."[6] File links The following pages link to this file: Exley Categories: Public domain images ... File links The following pages link to this file: Exley Categories: Public domain images ... Guy Pearce in Memento (2000). ... Lieutenant is a military, naval, paramilitary, fire service or police officer rank. ... Original cinema daybill for Romper Stomper Romper Stomper is a 1992 Australian film by Geoffrey Wright starring Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie and Tony Lee. ... The Black Dahlia in common usage may refer to: Black Dahlia - Pertaining to 1940s Hollywood murder victim Elizabeth Short The Black Dahlia (novel) - The novel by James Ellroy, based on the murder The Black Dahlia (film) - The film by Brian De Palma based upon James Ellroys novel The... The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the name of a 1994 Australian film about a trio of drag queens driving across the outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a large bus they have named Priscilla. ...


Hanson felt that the character of Jack Vincennes was "a movie star among cops" and thought of Spacey with his "movie star charisma", casting him specifically against type.[4] The director was confident that the actor "could play the man behind that veneer, the man who also lost his soul", and when he gave him the script, he told him to think of Dean Martin while in the role.[4] Hanson cast Basinger because he felt that she "was the character to me. What beauty today could project the glamor of Hollywood's golden age?"[6] Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian American singer, film actor, and comedian. ...


Pre-production

Kevin Spacey as Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes.

To give his cast and crew points and counterpoints to capture L.A. in the 1950s, he held a "mini-film festival" showing one film a week that consisted of The Bad and the Beautiful because it epitomized the glamorous Hollywood look Lynn Bracken; In a Lonely Place because it showed the ugly side of Hollywood glamor; Don Siegel's The Lineup and Private Hell 36 "for their lean and efficient style";[4] and Kiss Me Deadly because it was "so rooted in the futuristic 50s: the atomic age."[4][1] Hanson and the film's cinematographer Dante Spinotti agreed that the film would be shot widescreen and watched two Cinemascope films from the period: Douglas Sirk's The Tarnished Angels and Vincente Minnelli's Some Came Running. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor (film and stage) and director. ... Gumshoe redirects here. ... The Bad and the Beautiful is a 1952 MGM melodramatic film which tells the story of a film producer who alienates all around him. ... In a Lonely Place is a 1950 film noir directed by Nicholas Ray, starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, and produced for Bogarts Santana Productions. ... Don Siegel (October 26, 1912 - April 20, 1991) was an influential American film director. ... The Lineup is a 1958 film directed by Don Siegel. ... Private Hell 36 is a 1954 black-and-white film considered film noir. ... Kiss Me Deadly is a 1955 film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich starring Ralph Meeker. ... Born in Tolmezzo, Italy on August 22nd, 1943, Dante Spinotti is a well respected cinematographer. ... A Fox logo used to promote the CinemaScope process. ... Douglas Sirk - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Original film poster The Tarnished Angels is a 1958 American drama film. ... Vincente Minnelli (February 28, 1903 – July 25, 1986) was a famous Hollywood director and accomplished stage director, often considered by critics to be the father of the modern musical. ... Some Came Running is a 1958 film which tells the story of a small-town army veteran who is torn between a local school teacher and a less virtuous woman he met while still in the Army. ...


Before filming took place, Hanson brought Crowe and Pearce to L.A. for two months to immerse them in the city and the time period.[6] He also got them dialect coaches, showed them vintage police training films and had them meet real cops.[6] Pearce found the contemporary police force had changed too much to be useful research material and disliked the police officer he rode around with because he was racist.[7] The actor found the police films more valuable "because there was a real sort of stiffness, a woodenness about these people" that he felt Exley had as well.[6] Crowe studied Sterling Hayden in Stanley Kubrick's crime film, The Killing "for that beefy manliness that came out of World War II."[4] For six weeks, Crowe, Pearce, Hanson and Helgeland conducted rehearsals which consisted of them discussing each scene in the script.[8] As other actors were cast they would join in.[4] Sterling Hayden (March 26, 1916 - May 23, 1986) was an American actor. ... “Kubrick” redirects here. ... The Killing (1956) is a film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. ...


Principal photography

Hanson did not want the film to be an exercise in nostalgia and had Spinotti shoot it like a contemporary film and use more naturalistic lighting than in a classic film noir.[9] He told Spinotti and the film's production designer Jeannine Oppewall to pay great attention to period detail but to then "put it all in the background."[4]


Music

The score for the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score. L.A. Confidential is the original soundtrack, on the Restless Records label, of the 1997 Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning film L.A. Confidential starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Danny DeVito and Kim Basinger (who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as...


Reaction

According to Hanson Warner Bros. did not want the film screened at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival because they felt that there was an "anti-studio bias...So why go and come home a loser?"[4] However, he wanted to debut the film at a high profile, international venue like Cannes. He and other producers bypassed the studio and sent a print directly to the festival's selection committee who loved it.[9] The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ...


Ellroy saw the film and said, "I understood in 40 minutes or so that it is a work of art on its own level. It was amazing to see the physical incarnation of the characters."[1]


In his review for the Boston Globe, Jay Carr wrote, "Throughout, director Curtis Hanson wisely opts for narrative thrust instead of nostalgic noir flourishes - a must, given the complex narrative."[10] Janet Maslin wrote in her review for the New York Times, "Mr. Spacey is at his insinuating best, languid and debonair, in a much more offbeat performance than this film could have drawn from a more conventional star. And the two Australian actors, tightly wound Mr. Pearce and fiery, brawny Mr. Crowe, qualify as revelations."[11] The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


Overall, the film scored very well with critics, presently sporting a 98% "certified" fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes with 59 out of 60 reviews positive. The only dissenter was Dwight Garner of Salon.com. Salon. ...


Awards

Won

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Nominated

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Trivia

  • Had the film been successfully adapted into a TV series, Jack Vincennes would have been played by Kiefer Sutherland, and Lynn Bracken by Melissa George. [1]
  • The historic Lovell Health House in the Los Feliz area of the Hollywood Hills made an appearance as Pierce Patchett's house.
  • On the DVD there is a trailer for the film that uses a song from The Usual Suspects, another Kevin Spacey movie.

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Sragow, Michael. "City of Angles", Dallas Observer, September 11, 1997. 
  2. ^ Dawson, Jeff. "Mean Streets", Empire, December 1997. 
  3. ^ Smith, Adam. "The Nearly Man...", Empire, December 1997. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Taubin, Amy. "L.A. Lurid", Sight and Sound, November 1997. 
  5. ^ Kempley, Rita. "Guy Pearce Cuts Through the Chase", Washington Post, September 21, 1997. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Veniere, James. "Director of L.A. Confidential Hits Stride", Boston Herald, September 14, 1997. 
  7. ^ Hemblade, Christopher. "Breaking the Mould...", Empire, December 1997. 
  8. ^ Arnold, Gary. "Casting for L.A. Confidential went in unexpected direction", Washington Times, September 21, 1997. 
  9. ^ a b Taubin, Amy. "Confidentially Speaking: Curtis Hanson Makes a Studio-Indie Hybrid", Village Voice, September 23, 1997. 
  10. ^ Carr, Jay. "L.A. Confidential Won't Remain a Secret for Long", Boston Globe, September 19, 1997. 
  11. ^ Maslin, Janet. "The Dark Underbelly of a Sunny Town", New York Times, September 19, 1997. 

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Further reading

  • Dargis, Manohla (2003). L.A. Confidential (BFI Modern Classics). British Film Institute. ISBN 0-85170-944-3.

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