L.A. Confidential

Regency Enterprises / Warner Bros. Released 1997



User Score: 49

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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.


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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