More About L.A. Confidential
Director Curtis Hanson captures the duality of 1950s Los Angeles in this striking film noir adaptation of James Ellroy's novel. The City of Angels might be sunny, inviting, and glamorous to the rest of the world, but it's also filled with corrupt cops, elegant hookers, murder cover-ups, and manipulative paparazzi, all of which are just the tip of the iceberg. It's impossible to know exactly who's trustworthy and who's not as three detectives (Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce) each use their own tactics to investigate a coffee-shop massacre.
The script by Hanson and Brian Helgeland maintains the fragile framework of human relationships developed in the novel, while 45 different shooting locations give the film a solidly unique tone and feeling of integrity, immersing the viewer in 1950s Los Angeles. The entire cast is first-rate, with compelling performances from Spacey, Crowe, Pearce, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger, and David Strathairn.
1997 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1997 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner
Main Cast & Crew
Curtis Hanson - Director
- Format: Blu-ray
- Run Time: 136
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 024543215431
- Genre: Suspense
- Rating: R (MPAA) (strong violence and language, and for sexuality)
- Release Date: April 1998
Theatrical release: September 19, 1997. Filmed in and around Los Angeles and Hollywood, California. Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland wrote seven drafts of the script before settling on the final version. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL included 80 speaking parts and used 45 different locations. Both Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are Australian. Hanson specifically chose lesser known actors to play these roles while filling the role of James Vincennes, the celebrity cop, with a well-known star, Kevin Spacey.
"...Savory color schemes provide a vibrant backdrop for L.A. Confidential....Spacey puts the pride in snide and is a joy to watch..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 09/19/1997 USA Today, p.1D
"...L.A. Confidential brings the rancid thrill of corruption crackingly alive..." - 05/30/1997 Entertainment Weekly, p.51-2
"...Resplendently wicked L.A. CONFIDENTIAL is a tough, gorgeous, vastly entertaining throwback to the Hollywood that did things right..." - 09/19/1997 New York Times, p.E1
"...A dark, dangerous and intoxicating tale of big trouble in paradise, smartly done with the blackest possible humor..." - 09/19/1997 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...There are convincing characters here....Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are two Australian actors who here move convincingly into starmaking roles..." - 09/19/1997 Chicago Sun-Times, p.35
"[A] crime classic. Faithful in spirit to James Ellroy's grimy masterpiece....Irresistible but deadly." - 04/01/2004 Total Film, p.136
"[T]he style is delicately ironic. Curtis Hanson directed a flawless cast..." - 11/18/2010 Wall Street Journal