• L.A. Confidential (1997)

L.A. Confidential

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: April 21st, 1998

R |2 hr 16 min

Plot Summary

Three policemen, each with his own motives and obsessions, tackle the corruption surrounding an unsolved murder at a downtown Los Angeles coffee shop in the early 1950s. Detective Lieutenant Exley (Guy Pearce), the son of a murdered detective, is out to avenge his father's killing. The ex-partner of Officer White (Russell Crowe), implicated in a scandal rooted out by Exley, was one of the victims. Sergeant Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) feeds classified information to a tabloid magnate (Danny DeVito).

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Graham Beckel

Director: Curtis Hanson

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers, Regency Enterprises

Keywords: Murder, 1950s, Police station, Los Angeles, Dark, Mystery, Police officer

Ratings & Reviews

  • 95
    Mr. Showbiz

    See L.A. Confidential. Be astonished at discovering anew how very, very satisfying movies can still be. And how fine that can feel. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Seductive and beautiful, cynical and twisted, and one of the best films of the year. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
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Amandaprisen (1998)
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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
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Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
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Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film Editing
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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
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