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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.
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 most likely falls into the category of one of the best movies of the past twenty years. The complex story line seemed to burst at the seams with intelligence. I found the complexity of several different sub-plots working together challenged the intellectual part of my brain while the intense action through out the entire movie satisfied the craving of the not-so-intellectual part of my brain that enjoys seeing a good brawl followed by a good shoot-out. Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson did and excellent job of combining many elements of several different kinds of films into one. They seem to have made this movie with several different audiences in mind.The best aspect of L.A. Confidential is the way…
L.A. Confidential: When Australian Blocks of Wood Could Act and Sam Worthington and Jai Courtney Can Still Suck My Ass
Okay, if this movie was "confidential" why would they release it to the public? That's dumb. Other than that small facetious gripe, L.A. Confidential is a damn near perfect mix of crime drama and popcorn entertainment with a script so good that even Kim Basinger gives a great performance. Wanted to see a bit more of Kevin Spaceman and Danny "God Himself" Devito, though, but whatever.
L.A. Confidential is a really fun detective thriller. It really feels like the 50's, it has a great cast that make for cool characters, and an awesome twist ending.
Mah…reale e senza tanti giri di parole, ma parecchio noioso.
Everybody's hair is as good as the movie
This is the greatest film of 1997. This is the film that should have won. Now, I love Titanic. It's certainly the RIGHT choice for Best Picture, but c'mon; L.A Confidential is the quintessential modern noir. The acting from this all star cast mixed with the near perfect screenplay really make this film shine. Why is this a forgotten film? Is it really deserving to be forgotten?
No. This truly is a brilliant film.
Kevin Spacey's best performance.
IMO of course.
En helt perfekt film: härliga skådespelare, fantastiskt vackert filmad och en skitbra intrig.
L.A. Confidential is a spectacular neo-noir, a film that makes Russell Crowe into a star and expands the appeal of Kevin Spacey. It's so well shot and paced, with several twists coming as huge surprises.
Additionally it does a wonderful job in recreating the time it is set. The attention to detail is remarkable in the sets, props, and costumes.
It's very suspenseful, entertaining, and well acted. Probably one of the best films of the 1990s.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!