Director Curtis Hanson and a terrific cast serve up a 'ravishing, thrilling tale of police corruption and Hollywood glamour' (Marshall Fine, Gannett Newspapers) in this film version of James Ellroy's novel. Three cops (Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce), a call girl (Kim Basinger), a mysterious millionaire (David Strathairn), a tabloid journalist (Danny DeVito), and the Chief of Detectives (James Cromwell) fuel a labyrinthine plot rife with mystery, ambition, romance and humor.
There is a nice 1940s feel to this film, with well cut suits and a debonair attitudes. The plot is quite difficult to follow but comes together nicely in the end. For me Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe steal the show. Their acting is brilliant and the fight scenes sweaty to watch. Danny de Vito is too crude and corny to enjoy. The others are pretty good. The 18 certificate must be for violence because it ain't saucy. The violence is pretty straight forward punching and shooting, should be a 15.