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on March 12, 2014
Anything that Russell Crowe is in immediately has my attention. The movie is about the LA police department in the mid 1950's and some strange goings-on. The three main police characters each have a part of the truth, but they are each individual characters who don't care for or hate the others.

Russell's character. Bud White, grows the most throughout the movie, moving from a muscle guyM a direct applier of justice, who has a thing for protecting abused women and becomes an accomplished detective. Kevin Spacey's character, Jack V. seems to be based on Jack Webb's Dragnet (A TV show from the 50's) who also rediscovers why he became a cop.

Edmund Exley's character also discovers what being a policeman is about. He moves from being a by-the-rules officer to finally understanding that sometimes direct applications of justice are the only way that some criminals will receive the punishment they have due them.

All in all a great movie, filled with twists, and interesting characters.

If you like the movie, I suggest you read the book. I have done both, and I think the movie clears up some of my confusion from the book, while the book defines the characters and helps explain the final scenes of the movie.
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on November 3, 2017
Whoever cast this film is a genius. Two (at that time) relatively unknown Australian actors in Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce plus Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger as her leading lady status was waning. And every role was played to perfection. Great story, great plot and beautifully filmed. It has screenplay co-writer Brian Helgeland's style all over it, which is a good thing if you're a fan of pulpy, character driven neo-noir films. Highly recommended.
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on October 25, 2017
My favorite movie ever, like up there with The Godfather. Russell Crowe should have received an Oscar for his portrayal of Bud White, he was too unknown I guess. The casting was brilliant, everything was seamless and after 20 years of watching and rewatching this movie I only counted one blooper (lightbulb blowing during fight scene before anything actually happened).
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on August 5, 2017
I LOVE this movie. We use the lines around the house at random times and
truly enjoyed seeing it again. See if you can catch Russell Crowe and Guy
Pierce accidentally lapsing into native tongue a few times throughout this flick.
Since a lot of it was actually fact based makes it an even more enjoyable
watch. Flawless, except for the gunfire. That was a bit too much for me..
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on February 7, 2014
This is an excellent movie, one of very few I've watched that was better than the novel on which it was based. Several characters were merged (necessary since there were so many important ones in the book) but the mergers worked quite well. Much of the movie's language was lifted directly from the book, making it even better, and the characters were true to the personalities of the novel's characters although some of their background material was altered (not detrimentally so) in the movie. Bottom line, the convenience of being able to watch this movie whenever I want (and that will be frequent) is well worth the price I paid.
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on July 3, 2013
Directed by Chris Hansen in the 1990s, LA Confidential was set in the 1950s and starred an ensemble cast without a "true" star, though Danny DeVito, Kevin Spacy and Kim Basinger came the closest. The period look of the 50s was created not from the stereotypes of the period but in a more subtly realistic way, and then left to provide the background of a movie driven by character development and converging character lines. Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, Australians both, portray two of the central three LA cops: the muscle heavy Crowe and the bespectacled intellectual Pearce determined to follow the rules. Kevin Spacy brings a suave Hollywood chic to the third. Though suffused with sunlight and bright decors and absent most of the diagonals, low angles, and chiaroscuro lighting of film noir, this film captures the moral ambiguities and the existential displacement of the noir world in a very different cinematic light. Kim Basinger is beautiful as the Veronica Lake lookalike femme fatale who is also the girl next door from Arizona. Danny DeVito provides a kind of VoiceOver narrative from the Hush Hush world of the original LA Confidential magazine. Terrific supporting cast and beautiful music by Jerry Goldsmith.
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on March 28, 2015
This is a great movie, all star ensemble cast, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, David Straithern, others. The story is terrific also. Mob vs. cops and cops vs. cops, with the story deliberately and exquisitely told in 40s and 50s style, when movie stars were movie stars, and glamor was very much part of the picture. It's an enormously entertaining story, and very pleasurable to look at.
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on January 29, 2014
I took a shot in the dark on this one and I must say I came out very pleased with the results. Not only do I think this was a great movie, I believe I would have to put L.A. Confidential in my list of top 5 cop movies ever! Suspense and drama was fantastic. The film was also filled with shocking twists that you would of never thought happened. An unbelievable cast can go a long way in a movie, but on top of that a thrilling story with some great action. One of Russell Crowes best performances and in my opinion, this was Guy Pierces best movie. Definitely a must watch film for the ages. If your thinking about buying it and never seen it before, go for it and you will not be disappointed.
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on May 20, 2017
Love this movie and everything about it! Not only is the acting topnotch, but the attention to detail of the time period brings to life this vivid, emotionally-wrenching world.
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on March 17, 2014
I like James Ellroy novels. I've read American Tabloid, Cold Six Thousand, and the Big Nowhere, on which this movie is based. I loved seeing this novel brought to the screen. I understand that Tom Hanks has purchased the rights to Ellroy's Underworld Trilogy and wants to make it into a mini-series. I hope he does and I hope it's good.

This movie makes me wish I'd lived in Los Angeles in the 1940s or 50s. I like seeing the architecture, the cars, the clothes, and the palm trees. It has an assembly of excellent actors including a young Russell Crowe as Bud White (wonderful name for a tough, resourceful, but ultimately goodhearted policeman) and Guy Pierce, both from Australia. (What is this thing with Australian actors playing Americans so convincingly? i.e. Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Heath Ledger, etc.). The love story between Bud White and call girl Lynn Bracken played by Kim Basinger is passionate, tender, and complex. Getting to the story's ultimately "happy ending" is a ride of uncovering secrets and the thrills and confusion it takes to get there. There is atmospheric music by Jerry Goldsmith and cuts from 1950s popular songs.
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