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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.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #42
It takes a great writer, director and cast to elevate pulp to this caliber of class! The film is dripping with style but in no way shape or form does it sacrifice substance in favor of style! It's an extraordinary film that lets you have your cake and eat it too!
An all star cast that gave equally brilliant performances thus making it next to impossible to single out any specific actor for an exceptional performance! They ALL made a significant contribution to the films success!
Let me introduce you to this wonderful cast:
The plot has more twists than a pretzel! And it's just as tasty!
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?
Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.
The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.
I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.
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.
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…
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!
The plot of James Ellroy's dense tale of crooked cops has been stripped back somewhat but still takes some untangling. Nevertheless with a cast like there was no chance of the film falling flat.
This murder/mystery had me glued from the flying newspapers of Micky Cohen arrest. The movie was slow at first but eventually picked up pace as the deception in the department became more apparent. I enjoyed this film being a cop mystery one of my favorite genres. The all star cast was exceptional overall I would refer this movie to anyone looking for a good cop movie with a twist.
L.A. Confidential creates a world that frames itself as an old film noir mystery movie. When watching this movie it is very important that you pay attention to what is going on as many clues are left throughout the movie, that if not picked up will make for a confusing ending. This movie includes big name stars such as, Russell Crowe, James Cormwell, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Kim Bassinger, and Danny Devito. With such a standout cast it is allows for a perfectly acted movie. One specific standout in this movie is Russell Crowe. L.A. Confidential marks Crowe's fist acting role in American movies, and blasted him to Hollywood stardom. Crowe plays a hardened cop named Bud White who is…
1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime.
L.A. Confidential is the most classy, intriguing, thought provoking and sexiest detective movie ever to be made in the history of detective films.
Interesting story and some good characters, but didn't connect with it as much as I'd expected to.
Hey! Remember those black people that were straight up murdered and later wrongly convicted… no? Go Whitey! *Cut To Black*
Other than that, this movie was pretty fun.
A Marca da Maldade.
Terrific, neo-noir with a standout cast.
While I thought bits of the movie were over the top and some the dialogue was stupid, I still really enjoyed the twists and turns of the film. The performances were great. My one big beef with the film is Bud White. I feel like he’s portrayed as a heroic figure when he’s more of anti-hero. He unnecessarily violent, kind of a dick, aggressive, and is a woman beater. Sure he’s had a bad past and he’s done good things, but I don’t think that makes up for all the bad that he’s done, and the poor way he handles situations. Still a good movie, and I really enjoyed how the film portrayed masculinity in terms of the cars and violence. Exley’s evolution as a character was great.