Year of Release: 1997
Director: Curtis Hanson
Approx. Running Time: 138 minutes
Format(s): DVD & VHS (VHS available to keep upon request.)
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"The Best Movie of the Year!"
L.A. Confidential is "tough, gorgeous and vastly entertaining" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times), "a genuine masterpiece that will knock your socks off" (Rex Reed) and won 1997 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson). Director Curtis Hanson and a terrific cast serve up a "ravishing, thrilling tale of police corruption and Hollywood glamour" (Marshall Fine, Gannett Newspapers) in this film version of James Ellroy's novel. Three cops (Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce), a call girl (Kim Basinger), a mysterious millionaire (David Strathairn), a tabloid journalist (Danny DeVito), and the Chief of Detectives (James Cromwell) fuel a labyrinthine plot rife with mystery, ambition, romance and humor.
This is a highly entertaining film that is part murder mystery, part high-gloss, glamorous movie making, and all modern film noir. The entire cast is excellent and here we are treated to a pre-Gladiator (yet equally compelling) performance by Russell Crowe. And, really, he's the one to watch as Bud White, the strong-arm cop with a heart of gold.
Rated R (MPAA)