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 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 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…
Succeeding both as a rich triple character study and as pure popcorn entertainment, and with a labyrinthine plot, stellar acting, remarkable direction and a nostalgic score by Jerry Goldsmith, there's no doubt that Curtis Hanson has crafted one of the finest neo-noir epics with L.A. Confidential, adapted from James Ellroy's sprawling 1990 novel of the same name. Said by the author to be, "A work of art on its own level", and superior in every category to James Cameron's Titanic, the emotionally shallow and dreadfully scripted film that swept the Oscars that rightfully belonged to Hanson's film, L.A. Confidential is the thrilling story of three LAPD officers who navigate their way through the blood and the filth of 1950's Los…
"Something has to be done, but nothing too original, because hey, this is Hollywood." - Sid Hudgens
There's a likeable quality to L.A. Confidential, if not an immensely lovable one. It's an epic story with three fully-developed protagonists who are completely individual and unique, who weave in and out of each others' cases. It covers Homicide, Vice and Narcotics: the three healthy staples of the Noir genre. As a throwback to the olden days of mystery cinema, it succeeds, but brands itself with its own very modern brand of taste and grit.
Adapted from James Ellroy's novel (something that I've just begun to read), it's expansive, but not what you would call 'messy'. Juggling three distinct plotlines and weaving them…
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.
Talk about a screenplay that ties everything together. Wow!
How in delusional hell is this film critically acclaimed? In this algorithm, Wild Things should win Best Artistic Direction. Maybe the homophobia is reflective of its time, but I struggle to think that this movie will remain timeless because it was able to show the real side of the LAPD and seductive because two misogynistic men had sex with the same girl. It's as if you told a man to write a harlequin book and someone decided that it could be more profitable if you put Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce's mouth as the leads. I actually feel insulted that there aren't wholesale rows of DVDs at Goodwill.
Sixteen years after its initial release, with nary an unrecognizable actor among its cast, this film still holds up with its quick dialog, violence, and casting choices. A Big Hollywood Film to its core, this one makes a case for casting big stars in big roles and making it all work. Superb. It deserved every award it got.
Kevin Spacy, Guy Pearce, Russel crowe.
what else do you need ?
A good story
its a fucking sensation.
Loved it. Intriguing, violent and full of great performances, the greatest noir I have ever seen.
Blu-ray picture 8/10
I Like 1997's L.A. Confidential, I Like It Because It Just Came Out 16 Years Ago Back In 1997.
A four star movie, with that extra half star for being so easily entertaining.
I was meaning to watch this movie for long time as i can say the wait was worth it. This movie narrates the Confidential story of LA cops and the other back stories. The cops played by Spacey, Crowe, Pearce were spectacular with i havent forgot about academy award winner for this movie Kim Basinger. She was hot, sexy and got to say so compiling in her role and the screenplay, story, direction were just amazing. This movie is just spectacular and Cult classic in all way.
Assez stylé. Beaucoup de rebondissements.