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L.A. Confidential

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Original title
L.A. Confidential
Running time
138 min.
United States United States
Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson (Novel: James Ellroy)
Jerry Goldsmith
Dante Spinotti
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Regency Enterprises
Film noir. Mystery | Crime. 1950s. Neo-noir
Movie Groups
James Ellroy Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Take strong performances, an involved story and period atmosphere, then throw in sex, violence, corruption and politics to make one hell of a crime drama. It’s the early ‘50s. Hopefuls flock to Los Angeles, the city selling an image. But there’s a seedy side to every story. L.A. Confidential follows three cops: strong-arm Bud White (Russell Crowe) has a weakness for helping the innocent; by-the-book Ed Exely (Guy Pearce) covets political authority; and scene-maker Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) enjoys notoriety as advisor to television show Badge of Honor, forgetting why he became a cop at all. The men are drawn inexorably and morally together during a crime investigation involving corpses, heroin, mobsters and prostitutes who look like movie stars.
1997: 2 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger), Adapted Screenplay. 9 Nominations
1997: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger). 5 Nominations
1997: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Editing and Sound. 12 Nominations
1997: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1997: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Director, Movie
1997: 3 Awards from Film Critics Circle of New York: Best Director, Movie, Screenplay
1997: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Film, Director, Screenplay & Cinem. 6 Nom.
1997: Festival Toronto: Best Director (Curtis Hanson)
1997: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture & Best Screenplay Adaptation
1997: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1997: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1997: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Screenplay
1997: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Basinger). 2 Nominations
1997: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Picture, Director and Screenplay. 7 Nominations
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