L.A. Confidential (1997)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Kevin Spacey Jack Vincennes
Russell Crowe Bud White
Guy Pearce Det. Lt. Edmund Jennings Exley
Kim Basinger Lynn Bracken
James Cromwell Capt. Dudley Liam Smith
Danny DeVito Sid Hudgens
David Strathairn Pierce Morehouse Patchett
Ron Rifkin Dist. Atty. Ellis Loew
Matt McCoy Brett Chase
Paul Guilfoyle Meyer Harris 'Mickey' Cohen
Paolo Seganti Johnny Stompanato
Elisabeth Granli Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
Sandra Taylor Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
Steve Rankin Officer Arresting Mickey Cohen
Graham Beckel Sgt. Richard Alex 'Dick' Stensland
Allan Graf Wife Beater
Precious Chong Wife
Symba Smith Karen, Jack's Dancing Partner
Bob Clendenin Reporter at Hollywood Station
Lennie Loftin Photographer at Hollywood Station
Will Zahrn Liquor Store Owner
Amber Smith Susan Lefferts
Darrell Sandeen Leland 'Buzz' Meeks
Michael Warwick Sid's Assistant
Simon Baker Matt Reynolds (as Simon Baker Denny)
Shawnee Free Jones Tammy Jordan
Matthew Allen Bretz Officer Escorting Mexicans
Thomas Rosales Jr. Mexican #1
Shane Dixon Officer #1 at Hollywood Station
Norman Howell Officer #2 at Hollywood Station
Brian Lally Intoxicated Officer at Hollywood Station
Don Pulford Officer #4 at Hollywood Station
Chris Short Officer #5 at Hollywood Station
John Mahon Police Chief
Tomas Arana Det. Michael Breuning
Michael McCleery Det. William Carlisle
George Yager Gangster at Victory Motel
Jack Conley Vice Captain
Ginger Slaughter Secretary in Vice
Jack Knight Detective at Detective Bureau
David St. James Detective at Hush-Hush Office
Simon Baker-Denny Mat Reynolds
Gwenda Deacon Mrs. Lefferts
Movie Details
Genre Crime; Drama; Mystery; Thriller
Director Curtis Hanson
Producer Curtis Hanson; Arnon Milchan; Arnold Milchin; Michael Nathanson; Brian Helgeland
Writer James Ellroy; Brian Helgeland; Curtis Hanson
Studio Warner Bros.
Series James Ellroy
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 138 mins
Country USA
Color Color
In a time when it seems that every other movie makes some claim to being a film noir, L.A. Confidential is the real thing--a gritty, sordid tale of sex, scandal, betrayal, and corruption of all sorts (police, political, press--and, of course, very personal) in 1940s Hollywood. The Oscar-winning screenplay is actually based on several titles in James Ellroy's series of chronological thriller novels (including the title volume, The Big Nowhere, and White Jazz)--a compelling blend of L.A. history and pulp fiction that has earned it comparisons to the greatest of all Technicolor noir films, Chinatown. Kim Basinger richly deserved her Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a conflicted femme fatale; unfortunately, her male costars are so uniformly fine that they may have canceled each other out with the Academy voters: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, and James Cromwell play LAPD officers of varying stripes. Pearce's character is a particularly intriguing study in Hollywood amorality and ambition, a strait-laced "hero" (and son of a departmental legend) whose career goals outweigh all other moral, ethical, and legal considerations. If he's a good guy, it's only because he sees it as the quickest route to a promotion. --Jim Emerson
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 172
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 085391491323
Chapters 40
Release Date 1998
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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