L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

DVD - 1998 | Special ed. widescreen version
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Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slaying of the patrons at an all-night diner. A tribute to tough film noir crime films.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1998]
Edition: Special ed. widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD L DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780790734859
0790734850

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Based on the noir-ish novel by James Ellroy, this film gave Russell Crowe a Hollywood career and Kim Basinger an Oscar.

Also a thriller set in the world of movies and Hollywood, this one, based on a noir-ish James Ellroy novel, maintains the noir feel throughout.


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Derringer
May 13, 2019

The smutty, seamy side of Hollywood in the 1950s is explored in this intriguing, multi-layered film based on James Ellory's famous novel of the same name.

L. A. Confidential's hard-as-nails story centers around the activities of the Los Angeles Police Force and a ruthless, muck-racking magazine publisher named Sid Hudgens. Jack Vincennes is a high-profile cop who greatly benefits from Hudgens' busts of movie stars and political figures.

Russell Crowe as Bud White steals the show as the rugged, straight-arrow detective who finds himself caught up in the city's slimy underbelly because, in part, of his torrid love affair with a beautiful, high-priced hooker named Lynn Bracken.

Check out L. A. Confidential. It's Hollywood movie-making that's guaranteed to keep you entertained.

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BBRUTTIG
Apr 06, 2019

Great acting, action, mystery and investigative solving by the 1950's LAPD, part corrupt and part heroic. A good intriguing murder mystery and a little comedy about the multiple investigations of murders, corruption and prostitutes in Los Angeles during turbulent after WW 2 years. And all the surrounding police graft that went along with it. One of my favorites!

Russell Crowe is outstanding as the "means well but threatening" LAPD detective, Spacey as the easy-going cop caught up in glamour but trying to do good, DeVito as the "always working an angle and inflaming things" who "gets owned", Pierce as the straight arrow detective and Bassinger as the beautiful, sexy "heart of gold call-girl" surrounded by drugs, sex and glitzy glamour.

A really good movie

LPL_KevinC Feb 04, 2019

Cop pulp at its finest. For a bit of LPL trivia, a now retired copy of LA Confidential holds the record for most circulated item with 530 checkouts.

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akirakato
Sep 25, 2018

Directed, produced and co-written by Curtis Hanson in 1997 based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same name, this American crime drama depicts the intersection of police corruption and Hollywood celebrity in the 1950s.
With twists and turns in a hard-boiled style, this film turns out an engaging and thrilling entertaining piece with excellent performances of a terrific cast.
I enjoyed it to the hilt.

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richibi
Sep 16, 2018

a film noir, but in Cinemascope and colour, testosterone flies all over the place in all kinds of amoral directions, including over the top, but with superb acting throughout, great cinematography, and artful direction

CarlitoQuinones Mar 22, 2018

Kevin Spacey channeling Dean Martin.

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Rach_73
Mar 09, 2018

Long movie, but held my attention the whole time.

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RoyalJellyIII
Jul 12, 2017

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.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jul 10, 2017

L.A. Confidential is a movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.

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ethereal_high
May 14, 2016

One of my all-time favourite movies. I revisit it every couple of years and so should you!

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Monolith
Aug 17, 2012

Captain Dudley Smith: "Have you a valediction, boyo?" Jack Vincennes (dying): "...Rollo Tamasi..."

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Captain Dudley Smith: Go back to Jersey, sonny. This is the City of the Angels, and you haven't got any wings.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Ray Pinker: Stomach of the week. Unemployed actor had frankfurter, french fries, alcohol, and sperm. Hell of a last supper, don't you think?

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Dick Stensland: I got a hot date.
Bud White: Yeah? Who is she and what did you arrest her for?
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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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A shooting at an all night diner is investigated by three LA policemen in their own unique ways.

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