L.A. Confidential

"Excellent"

L.A. Confidential Review


L.A. Confidential, despite what you've heard, is not the best film in 20 years. It's not even the best film of 1997 (current titleholder: In the Company of Men). But if you consider all films ever made that have the nasal Danny Devito providing voice-over work, L.A. Confidential is certainly at the top of that list.

Comparisons to Chinatown are obvious and appropriate. Both films take place in the Los Angeles of yesteryear, feature multi-layered crime riddles, and have stars with questionable morals as ersatz heroes. And both are very good. While Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson's script isn't the tight masterpiece that Chinatown is (the writers meander for a good 45 minutes before his story starts to shape up), and Faye Dunaway wasn't half the cheeseball that Kim Basinger is as the femme fatale, L.A. Confidentialmakes the audience do what few films of the 90s have achieved: think.

And you'll have to. Director Hanson's convoluted plot -- tracing the rise, fall, and redemption of L.A. cops played by Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, and James Cromwell -- is all over the map until its handy, bloody ending (body count > 25). Even then, you probably won't have all the details figured out. But at least it's fun to try.

The DVD release features a lot of extras backed by a widescreen presentation of the film. No commentary track, but two short documentaries and an interactive guide to the locations used in the film help you figure out what was going on inside Hanson's head when he put this thing together.

Bad boys.



L.A. Confidential

Facts and Figures

Run time: 138 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th September 1997

Box Office Worldwide: $126.2M

Budget: $35M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Wolper Organization

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Fresh: 107 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 8.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , Michael G. Nathanson

Starring: as Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes, as Det. Lt. Edmund Jennings " Ed " Exley, as Sid Hudgens, as Cap. Dudley Liam Smith, as Lynn Bracken, as Bud White, as Pierce Patchett, as D.A. Ellis Loew, Matt McCoy as 'Badge of Honor' Star Brett Chase, as Mickey Cohen, Paolo Seganti as Johnny Stompanato, Elisabeth Granli as Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner, as Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner, as Officer Arresting Mickey Cohen, as Dick Stensland, as Matt Reynolds

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