L.A. Confidential

Neo Noir | English | 138 minutes


Three temperamentally different policemen collide while working on various investigations: narcotics detective Jack Vincennes, a flamboyant party guy with links to Hollywood celebrities; Bud White who witnessed the beating of his mother and is brutally determined to take revenge; Ed Exley, the rich son of a big developer. The three cops agree to join forces to uncover a wave of gangland slayings that leads them to a high-class bordello. The investigation becomes complicated when White and Exley grow obsessed with glamorous Lynn Bracken working in the bordello. The trio begin to witness  the corruption and lies of powerful men who believe they are protected from everything.

Kevin Spacey (Jack Vincennes) / Russell Crowe (Wendell “Bud” White) / Guy Pearce (Edmund “Ed” Exley) / Kim Basinger (Lynn Bracken)
Why Stream This Film?
Film critic Richard Williams, in his review for The Guardian, wrote that L.A. Confidential “gets just about everything right. The light, the architecture, the slang, the music, and,  above all, the sense of damaged people arriving to make new lives and getting seduced by the scent of night-blooming jasmine and the perfume of corruption.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99%
  • Metacritic Score: 90
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Picture; Best Director (Curtis Hanson);  Winner, Best Screenplay (Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson); Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Motion Picture, Drama; Winner, Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger)
  • Writers Guild Award: Winner, Best Adapted Screenplay (Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson)
  • The United States Library of Congress selected L.A. Confidential for preservation in the National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL offers the old-fashioned pleasures of a well-told, complicated, well-acted story, done in classic ’50s film-noir style, along with the modern movie jolts of graphic sex, language and violence. First rate entertainment.
Michael Wilmington

Chicago Tribune

FLarge chunks of novelist Ellroy’s brilliant (and often hilarious) dialogue are preserved and the actors clearly relish the meaty lines. Dante Spinotti’s lush cinematography and Jeanne Oppewall’s crisp, meticulous production design produce an eye-popping tableau of ’50s glamour and sleaze.
Andrew Johnston

Time Out New York



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