L.A. Confidential

Regency Enterprises / Warner Bros. Released 1997




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Curtis Hanson

L.A. Confidential, follows the story of Police Sergeant Edmund Exley as he struggles with his desire to surpass his father's level of excellence within the force. Officer Wendell White seeks justice when he discovers that his partner, who has recently been suspended because of Exley, was recently murdered in at dinner called The Nite Owl. Sergeant Jack Vincennes is a technical consultant on a popular television show who works in conjunction with a tabloid newspaper to stage high profile arrests. Vincennes discovers that someone was murdered during one of his orchestrated arrests and his guilt compels him to find the murderer. When all three become entangled in in The Nite Owl murder, they discover that corruption runs deeper than they could have imagined.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times

    A tough, gorgeous, vastly entertaining throwback to the Hollywood that did things right. As such, it enthusiastically breaks most rules of studio filmmaking today.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    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 a...

  • 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    An irresistible treat with enough narrative twists and memorable characters for a half-dozen films.

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    • Production Budget - $35,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $64,616,940 (24th)
      Worldwide Gross - $126,216,940 (32nd)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $114,874,560
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $224,385,671

    • Other production companies:
      The Wolper Organization

    • Filming locations:
      Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, California
      Boardner's of Hollywood, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      City Hall, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Crossroads of the World Center, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Echo Park, Los Angeles, California
      Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California
      Formosa Cafe, West Hollywood, California
      Frolic Room, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Hollywood Center Motel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      J & J Sandwich Shoppe, Los Angeles, California
      Lacy Street Production Center, Los Angeles, California
      Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California
      Pacific Electric Building, Los Angeles, California
      Pantages Theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
      The Lovell Health House, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California

    • Taglines:
      1. Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush...
      2. Everything is suspect...everyone is for sale...and nothing is what it seems.
      3. It's a crime saga that will shock you. It's a mystery that will keep you guessing. It's a thriller that will keep you riveted.

    • Music:
      Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive
      Music by Harold Arlen
      Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
      Performed by Johnny Mercer
      Oh! Look at Me Now
      Music by Joe Bushkin
      Lyrics by John DeVries
      Performed by Lee Wiley
      Silent Night
      Music by Franz Gruber
      Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
      Silver Bells
      Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
      The Christmas Blues
      Written by Sammy Cahn and David Holt
      Performed by Dean Martin
      Mele Kalikimaka
      Written by R. Alex Anderson
      Performed by Bing Crosby
      Look for the Silver Lining
      Music by Jerome Kern
      Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
      Performed by Chet Baker
      Jingle Bells
      Written by James Pierpont
      Hit the Road to Dreamland
      Music by Harold Arlen
      Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
      Performed by Betty Hutton
      Wheel of Fortune
      Written by George David Weiss and Bennie Benjamin
      Performed by Kay Starr
      Makin' Whoopee
      Music by Walter Donaldson
      Lyrics by Gus Kahn
      Performed by Gerry Mulligan with Chet Baker
      The Lady Is a Tramp
      Music by Richard Rodgers
      Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
      Performed by Gerry Mulligan Quartet
      Powder Your Face with Sunshine
      Written by Carmen Lombardo and Stanley Rochinski
      Performed by Dean Martin
      How Important Can It Be
      Written by George David Weiss and Bennie Benjamin
      Performed by Joni James on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall
      Looking at You
      Written by Cole Porter
      Performed by Lee Wiley
      At Last
      Music by Harry Warren
      Lyrics by Mack Gordon
      Performed by Chet Baker and The Lighthouse All-Stars
      But Not for Me
      Music by George Gershwin
      Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
      Performed by Jackie Gleason

    • Academy Award Wins:
      1. Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger
      2. Adapted Screenplay

      Academy Award Nominations:
      1. Picture
      2. Director - Curtis Hanson (won by James Cameron for Titanic)
      3. Editing
      4. Cinematography
      5. Art Direction
      6. Sound
      7. Original Dramatic Score

      Golden Globes Wins:
      1. Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Best Drama
      2. Director - Curtis Hanson  (won by James Cameron for Titanic)
      Original Score

      BAFTA Wins:
      1. Editing
      2. Sound

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Best Film
      2. Adapted Screenplay
      3. Anthony Asquith Award
      4. Actor -Kevin Spacey  (won by Robert Carlyle for The Full Monty)
      5. Actress - Kim Basinger  (won by Judi Dench for Mrs. Brown)
      6. David Lean Award
      7. Cinematography
      8. Production Design
      9. Costume Design
      10. Hair/Make Up

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      Adapted Screenplay
      2. Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger

      Academy Awards Nominations:

      1. Picture
      2. Director
      3. Editing
      4. Cinematography
      5. Art Direction
      6. Sound
      7. Original Dramatic Score


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Drama, Suspense


illegal activities, bloody and violent, outcasts, odd couple, real police work