This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems.
Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films. Based on the multi-layered James Ellroy novel.
I discovered Alice hadn't seen this, and considering mystery-thriller is her favorite genre combination, watching it was basically a foregone conclusion. I didn't take notes, so there won't be any in-depth analysis today; suffice it to say that this is one of my all-time favorite movies because of (1) its great characters played by great actors, (2) its portrayal of the violent underside of the law, and (3) its illustration of the name of the father. I do apologize, but there was really no way to take notes since Alice's dad had too much apple juice and kept interrupting with such truly insightful questions as:
1. Is that Russell Crowe?
2. Who's that?
3. What's happening?
I don't often feel inclined to compare films I'm watching to others, but while watching L.A. Confidential it was nearly impossible not to compare it to the recently watched Gangster Squad. Seeing them shortly after each other made Gangster Squad's weaknesses and this film's strengths all the more apparent. L.A. Confidential understands the difference between style and class, the difference between merely showing a story and telling a story and the fact that if you have a great cast, you have to give it great material and that pulp does not equal poor quality.
Based on James Ellroy's novel, it is clear from the start that we will be dealing with a plot…
Always heard great things about this one and now I finally confirmed it myself. L.A. Confidential is excellent! An absolutely terrific thriller!
Great direction, great dialogues, great and very intriguing story with very good twists and turns.
The performances are outstanding by all of the amazing cast but I have to do a special mention to Kevin Spacey, he is such a good actor! I love to see him perform. He is so powerful, he doesn't even need to speak to spread his charm! I wish we could see him in more films nowadays.
If this film is not perfect I am sure that is very close to that.
L.A. Confidential is one of the best movies of the 90s and probably the best neo-noir ever. The story is excellent, full of twists and turns. The characters are great and the acting is brilliant. Kim Basinger, Russel Crowe, Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce show what Oscar-worthy acting is. The supporting cast is great too. The script is awesome, filled with rich dialogue. Such a brilliant film!
L.A. Confidential is one of those films I've always heard was good. Back in 1997 I think I felt it would't be my cup of tea so I passed it over. In the years since I've always meant to watch it, but it just never happened for one reason or another.
Last night I finally put my foot down, and said to myself you're watching L.A. Confidential tonight you've put it off long enough. As you might expect I'm glad I did. It's very well made and the cast oh the cast. Everyone is cast beautifully here. The performances are excellent and work well as a whole. It's one of those films that definitely deserves ensemble cast nominations and awards.…
Crime Drama 1950's Period Film
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, David Strathairn
I love it when I find a movie that for the life of me can't figure out how I missed it. L.A. Confidential is a great film full of outstanding performances, I especially liked Guy Pearce, probably because I knew I was going to get a heavy screen presence with Crowe and Spacey. I'm not a huge fan of Guy Pearce, not that I dislike him at all he's just not someone I get excited about when he has an upcoming movie.
L.A. Confidential with out giving anything away is about cops doing crooked things for justices and cops doing crooked…
"Off the record, on the QT and very hush hush."
Probably Russell Crowe's best performance, one of Guy Pearce's best and features one of Kevin Spacey's greatest moments (the look on Jack Vincennes' face when Exley asks him why he became a cop).
L.A. Confidential finds the morality in amongst the seediness. I could quite happily spend the rest of my life watching only L.A. set film noir and this film is a big part of this.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's well paced, it's exciting to watch, and the performances are spot-on. My only gripe comes with the very end of the film which was all a bit too neat for my liking. After such an tense and well-shot climactic scene, it felt like a lot of the edge was taken off as the director (and presumably the writers) couldn't help but force the universal happy ending. What could have been a near perfect film is spoiled by the inclusion of the perfect but far less interesting ending.
Ein Film Noir, der von Anfang bis Ende eine spannende Handlung hat, über herausragende schauspielerische Leistungen verfügt und eine grandiose Atmosphäre der 50er Jahre bietet. Ein wahres Meisterwerk das unter die besten der Filmgeschichte gehört.
At the time of its release, this film was beloved, and as TITANIC became the Oscar juggernaut of the year, LA CONFIDENTIAL soon began to become the almost automatic answer everyone gave for what film should have won that year.
Years later, I have seen LA CONFIDENTIAL many times and even read its screenplay in college. The story is tight and dense, which is a wonder when I hear that the original novel supposedly was even denser and contained much more characters. Curtis Hansen delivers a stylized crime story that is every bit as epic in scope as GOODFELLAS. But whereas that film was about mob, this film is about the police department. Both of these worlds are equally insular…
I didn't understand squat the first time I watched it, but now that I actually know how to watch a movie L.A. Confidential shows itself to have a rich and suspenseful atmosphere, an intricate plot filled with various twist and turns, strong characters and dark, brooding subject matter.
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
Beautifully evocative, needlessly stylish and seriously impressive.
The cast is superb, no weak links: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pierce and even Danny De Vito are all excellent.
I wanted more dammnit! I would love to watch an AMC/HBO series with these set of characters.
Such a wonderfully well written/acted and super stylish noir. Gripping till the last moments. Guy Pearce completely stole the show.
Better than Chinatown in my opinion.
Cine negro negrísimo bañado en el sol de Los Ángeles, California. Curtis Hanson dirige firme y eficientemente. Malos policías, policías menos malos, mujeres peligrosas, el vicio del espectáculo, las buenas maneras y las buenas reputaciones, todo con una estupenda Kim Basinger, un bruto Russel Crowe y un fantástico Guy Pearce. El giro con Kevin Spacey sigue sorprendiendo hasta el día de hoy.
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