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L.A. Confidential [Blu-ray]
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Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger. Three cops. A call girl...a mysterious millionaire. Set against the backdrop of the glitz, glamour, grit and noir of early '50s L.A., the plot coils through corruption, sex, lies and murder following an incident at a coffee shop. But that's just the beginning! Based on the crime fiction novel by James Ellroy. 2 Discs. 1997/color/138 min/R.
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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.
"L.A. Confidential" is a film that has it all for me: a superb plot, a top-notch screenplay, lavish sets, and outstanding performances. Adapted from James Ellroy's "neo-noir" novel of the same name, "L.A. Confidential" is a taut, tense, and beautifully crafted "film noir" about the Los Angeles Police Department of the 1950s. Contained within this movie's 138 minutes are the gamut of the best and worst of human emotions. Greed, lust, jealousy, murderous rage, betrayal, sycophancy, and a host of other less than admirable human traits compete mightily with the more positive qualities of honesty, integrity, courage, and right actions.
All of these emotions are embodied in the main characters of this superbly written film. Three Los Angeles police detectives - Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) a smooth-talking detective whose only care seems to be serving as a technical advisor to a "Dragnet"- style television show; Bud White (Russell Crowe), a hard-nosed cop with a brutal temper and violent fists; and Edmund Exley, a high-strung, fiercely ambitious, "brown-nosing" cop - all come into conflict with their bosses, the city's underworld, and each other, during a high-profile murder investigation. Along the way, our three protagonists encounter the city's sleaziest elements in a world replete with murder, prostitution, drugs, organized crime, and corruption at the highest levels of city government.
Outstanding performances abound in "L.A. Confidential". Especially noteworthy is Kim Basinger, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance as the actress-lookalike call girl Lynn Bracken. Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce are all superb in their roles as the three flawed but ultimately heroic Los Angeles police detectives. James Cromwell gives a deliciously evil performance as a corrupt police captain, and Danny DeVito shines as a slimy tabloid newspaper editor.
I originally purchased "L.A. Confidential" from Amazon in VHS tape format way back 1n 1998. Since then, I have enjoyed watching this superb film in DVD, Blu-ray, and Amazon Instant Video formats. With its terrific high definition video and excellent audio on Blu-ray disc, "L.A. Confidential" is a film that simply shouldn't be missed.
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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Like the Godfather, the book was even better than a Top, top level motion picture.
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