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L.A. Confidential

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L.A. Confidential

Everything is suspect… everyone is for sale… and nothing is what it seems. Curtis Hanson superbly directs one of the defining Los Angeles crime tales, a taut, tense labyrinthine noir based on the best-selling novel by James Ellroy. In 1950s LA, the fates of three disparate cops intertwine with a call girl, a millionaire, a tabloid journalist, and the Chief of Detectives as the mystery of a coffee shop slaying unfolds into a serpentine web of corruption and deception. Fueled by a crackerjack, star-studded cast, L.A. Confidential earned nine Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Kim Basinger as the femme fatale.

“A movie bull’s-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“A tough, gorgeous, vastly entertaining throwback to the Hollywood that did things right. As such, it enthusiastically breaks most rules of studio filmmaking today.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

L.A. Confidential, with an exceptional ensemble cast directed by Curtis Hanson from James Ellroy’s densely plotted novel, looks to be the definitive noir for this particular time and place.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Curtis Hanson
Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson based on the novel by James Ellroy
Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Danny DeVito
Running Time
138 minutes

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