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L. A. Confidential (1997)

Director:
Curtis Hanson
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
L. A. Confidential
RUNNING TIME
138 minutes
Producer:
Arnon Milchan
Curtis Hanson
Michael Nathanson
Screenwriter (based on the book by James Ellroy):
Brian Helgeland
Curtis Hanson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jack Vincennes Kevin Spacey
Bud White Russell Crowe
Ed Exley Guy Pearce
Dudley Smith James Cromwell
Pierce Patchett David Strathairn
Lynn Bracken Kim Basinger
Sid Hudgens Danny De Vito

 

Review

It was a classic noir Curtis Hanson directed and was universally hailed for with this film in 1997. And although the story doesn't have anything remarkable about it it's a classic crime story by all accounts the film arguably arrived at the right time and hit a nerve with both audiences and critics. The story, by Brian Helgeland from a novel by James Ellroy, captures the zeitgeist of 1950s Los Angeles, which had one foot in vigilante justice and corruption and the other in a more modern procedural legal system. The film's greatest asset is the beautiful rendition of a bygone time and the characters who epitomized it: the sly, but ultimately honest Jack Vincennes, the straightforward brute Bud White, the progressive and modern Edmund Exley, and not least Kim Basinger's Lynn Bracken, who in many ways is caught in the crossfire of it all. L.A. Confidential is a well-scripted, well-camouflaged whodunnit in which every piece ultimately falls perfectly into its historically correct place.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 06.11.2019 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 26.10.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang