L.A. Confidential is a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed, produced and co-written by Curtis Hanson.The screenplay by Hanson and Brian Helgeland is based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same name, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series.
Sep 19, 1997 · Directed by Curtis Hanson. With Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger. As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
- Curtis Hanson
Oct 02, 2017 · There are three lead actors: Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kevin Spacey. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, “L.A. Confidential” won Kim Basinger a best supporting trophy and the Curtis Hanson/Brian Helgeland writing team scored Best Adapted Screenplay. It’s a sublimely complex story of police corruption in 1950’s era Los Angeles. Grade: A
Sep 19, 2017 · Helgeland’s background was mostly in writing horror films, but making L.A. Confidential filmable would involve an even greater act of on-page dismemberment. James Ellroy’s novel was just under ...
- Fred Heffer
A movie review by James Berardinelli. Crooked cops. The mystery and allure of Hollywood in the '50s. Death, double-crossing, and secret alliances. Paparazzi waiting to get that one breakthrough picture. These are just some of the elements that make Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential one of the most exhilarating noir thrillers to reach the screen ...
- Curtis Hanson
- Kevin Spacey
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May 05, 2017 · Kim Basinger plays the dark lady and Guy Pearce a compromised Los Angeles cop in “L.A. Confidential,” adapted from the James Ellroy novel.
- Some of the events in the film are true. There really was a Christmas Eve police riot, and a lurid celebrity gossip magazine called "Hush-Hush." Screen goddess Lana Turner really did have a romance with mobster Johnny Stompanato.
- Ellroy sold Warner Bros. the film rights to "L.A. Confidential," the third of four novels in his "L.A. Quartet" series, even before the book was published in 1990.
- Hanson was a fan of Ellroy's novels, having grown up in the 1950s Los Angeles portrayed in Ellroy's work. His uncle owned JAX, a clothing boutique that catered to such Hollywood actresses as Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe.
- Hanson won over frequent Warners producer Arnon Milchan with a presentation much like the montage that opens the film. Hanson showed him a series of postwar postcards of sunny and glamorous Los Angeles that sold the dream, followed by lurid period crime photos, including some of movie star scandals, that showed the reality beneath the glitzy facade.
The show's main actors would have been Kiefer Sutherland, Josh Hopkins, David Conrad, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Melissa George, Tom Nowicki, and Eric Roberts. The pilot is a special feature on the two-disc DVD and the Blu-ray releases of the film. In 2018, CBS ordered a new pilot based on the novel.
Sep 19, 2017 · Based on James Ellroy’s novel of the same, the film follows three LAPD detectives — Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), Bud White (Russell Crowe), and Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) — in an increasingly corrupt...