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L.A. Confidential

(DVD - 1998 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
L.A. Confidential

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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 in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films.
Title: L.A. confidential
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1998.
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min,) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: "Based on the novel by James Ellroy"--Container.
For specific features see interactive menu.
Originally released as a motion picture, 1997.
"Widescreen ed."--peelable label.
Summary: 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 in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films.
Audience: Rated R.
Local Note: LFKMEMO1
Additional Contributors: Hanson, Curtis
Ellroy, James - 1948-
Pearce, Guy - 1967-
Crowe, Russell - 1964-
Spacey, Kevin
Warner Bros
ISBN: 0790734850
Statement of Responsibility: Regency Enterprises presents an Arnon Milchan/David L. Wolper production
Credits: Screenplay by Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson ; produced by Arnon Milchan, Curtis Hanson and Michael Nathanson ; directed by Curtis Hanson.
Performers: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito.
System Details: DVD format ; digital, Dolby.
Other Language: Closed-captioned ; English and French audio tracks ; subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Subject Headings: Los Angeles (Calif.) Drama. Crime California Los Angeles Drama.
Genre/Form: Film noir.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films.
Topical Term: Crime
Publisher No: 14913
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Aug 03, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

For starters - I'm sorry to say, but I did not immediately fall in love with Kim Basinger (as I know I was expected to) the very second she first stepped into the camera's view.

Nor did I ever warm-up to Basinger's whore-with-a-heart-of-gold character as this film's story boldly forged ahead towards its cornball and clich├ęd "happy" ending.

The thing with Basinger was that she was 44 years old at the time of this picture and no matter how much the camera (and the make-up artists) tried to hide this fact - Let's face it, Basinger was about 20 years too old for her part as a high-class hooker who didn't (but was supposed to) resemble 1950's movie-actress, Veronica Lake.

And then there was Russell Crowe's character, Bud White, the tough-as-nails, no-nonsense cop (with a hair-trigger temper) whose modus operandi was to kick, punch, (and/or) shoot the suspect(s) first, then ask questions later.

What really killed me about Bud was how he fancied himself to be a gallant crusader for battered women, yet, when it came right down to it, he was just as prone to punch and slap a woman around, just like any other hot-blooded, hypocritical, all-American male.

L.A. Confidential's biggest downfall was apparent in the way that its story clearly lacked an essential, underlying tightness. It continually showed absolutely no restraint, at all, when it came to the unbelievable corruption, brutality (or whatever) that prevailed in L.A.'s police force (in the 1950s) that went all the way up to the District Attorney.

With one bare-faced lie being recklessly heaped upon another, L.A. Confidential's story got itself so bogged down with inane double-crosses, forced confessions and treacherous finger-pointing that, before long, it gave me one helluva splitting headache.

At 2 hours and 20 minutes this Film Noir "wannabe" seriously cried out for some immediate attention in the editing department.

Oct 03, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent movie!

Feb 13, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good cop thriller with several twists.

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - the straight-laced, the brutal, and the sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A polished neo-noir, kinda smarmy, but good. Crowe, as usual, is an animal. Guy Pearce's character balanced the brawn with brains. Spacey is his typical persona, with his somewhat sleazy sh*t eating grin, and his smooth lounge lizard persona. Kim Basinger looks truly remarkable for 43 years old here. A good flick.

Oct 25, 2012
  • BertBailey rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent recent noir, and is just about up there with Chinatown and... not many others. The plot's so complex, it needs to be seen twice (a characteristic of all good thrillers, to me)What's outstanding is the subtlety in the direction amidst all the crime hoopla. Crowe's clearly besotted with Basinger's character from the start, without a word being said, and we also know that the Guy Pearce character's moved by his vanity - again, without dialogue to report it. Some very sharp performances take this right over the top. {PS: I see that much is made in the special features about it not being a proper noir; even that efforts were made to avoid such a suggestion. To me, this is not entirely true, and when it *doesn't* show noirish traits, it is weakened as a result. In the art direction, mostly, though also when the characters smack of white- and black-hat syndrome, and lose their ambiguousness}

Oct 02, 2012
  • Green_Bird_203 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best crime movie I've ever seen....A well written and scripted story....A brilliant ensemble of cast......Great performances....Thrilling music. Yes, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and James Cromwell rule the screen, Kim Basinger adds colours and glamour to it, and Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito splash a touch of humor and cynicisme. This is a truly original, remarkable movie not to be missed.

Sep 20, 2012
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An intricate film, with one of the best casts assembled in the last quarter century. The film deals with crime, sex, ambition, and intrigue in Los Angeles decades ago, and follows in the great film noir tradition. It's a compelling, methodically directed film that requires repeated viewing, with standout performances all around. A real treasure.

Sep 07, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I did enjoy this movie. It had a twisty plot with great acting and good action when you could find it. The script was tight and it excelled as a period piece. Settings looked perfect. Characters looked perfect. I do not, however, think that this was some fantastic breakout masterpiece of cinema. It's a good movie. It is a bit too long and the pacing is bad at times. Worth watching if you like period piece crime dramas.

Feb 02, 2011
  • Carine_Dominique_Lavoie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really Good Movie - Smart Movie


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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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