Rent L.A. Confidential (1997)

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2h 12min
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Synopsis:
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.
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Directors:
Producers:
Curtis Hanson, Arnon Milchan, Michael G. Nathanson
Writers:
James Ellroy, Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson
Others:
Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson, Dante Spinotti, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Arnon Milchan, Michael Nathanson, Jerry Goldsmith, Kirk Francis, John M Elliott Jr, Scott H. Eddo, Janis Clark, Jeannine Oppewall, Terry Rodman, Roland Thai, John Leveque, Ruth Myers, Peter Honess, Jay R. Hart
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

1998 BAFTA Best Sound

1998 BAFTA Best Editing

1998 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

1998 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
01/10/1999
Run Time:
132 minutes
Languages:
English, French, Italian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Portuguese, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interactive Menus
  • Production Notes
  • Scene Access
  • Trailer
  • Three Behind-the Scenes Documentary Features: Off The Record, Including Cast/Creator Interviews
  • Director Curtis Hanson's Photo Pitch
  • and The LA of 'LA Confidential' Interactive Map Tour
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/03/2009
Run Time:
132 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Commentary with Andrew Sarris, Writers and Cast Members
  • Whatever You Desire: Making L.A. Confidential
  • Sunlight and Shadow: The Visual Style of LA. Confidential
  • A True Ensemble: The Cast of LA Confidential
  • LA. Confidential: From Book to Screen
  • The LA. of LA Confidential
  • Music-Only Track
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots

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Reviews (4) of L.A. Confidential

Gangster style - L.A. Confidential review by JD

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22/07/2013

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.

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Very few chances to pause & catch your breath. - L.A. Confidential review by DW

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12/04/2018

I'm not a big fan of the writing of James Ellroy but from what little I've read, I'd say this film is a fine depiction of the novel on which it's based so if you like to read Ellroy then you'll love this film. The pace is frantic & there's only a few "not much happening" moments so no time for a comfort break! Besides, you need to concentrate hard throughout in order to spot the baddies. (The goodies are, of course, dead easy to spot).

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Fabulous and sadly timely - L.A. Confidential review by CW

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29/05/2018

Great story, homage to old crime film noir but better. Excellent casting, acting and script. I was glad to see it again. Much of the story deals with L.A. police corruption and framing young blacks for crimes. Familiar to news reports today. Gripping scenes, sometimes I gasped out loud. Brutal , violent, compelling. Rarely do really wonderful movies of this calibre come out of the US today. It was nominated for a long list of awards.

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