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7.8
/10
7,881 Ratings

L.A. Confidential

Directed by Curtis Hanson
United States, 1997
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

Based on the novel by James Ellroy, three very different police detectives use their own methods to investigate a series of murders and uncover a dangerous conspiracy.

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L.A. Confidential Directed by Curtis Hanson

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1998 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1998 | 8 nominations including: Best Picture

Style is really the saving grace of this crime thriller. In a swoon of cream and lemon Cadillac fins, fedoras, and rat-a-tat-tat dialogue and gunfire, Hanson snags our attraction long before he gives cause to like any of his characters… It doesn’t just work; it soars. What’s more, it never stops picking at our fancies – unstacking gorgeous layer from gorgeous layer, de-realizing Hollywood dreams, and laying a path to the Los Angeles cinema inhabiting our imaginations today.
May 17, 2017
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The film’s undeniable pull can be attributed to both its traditionally gripping narrative and to how it maps out the ways in which its heroes adjust their moral codes… The filmmaking is competent and engaging but middlebrow, and Dante Spinotti’s cinematography is striking but too clean to achieve Chinatown-level subversion.
October 24, 2008
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Looking back, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL neatly fits into the long line of film-noirish masterpieces that came before it, from DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) to THE LONG GOODBYE (1973) to BLADE RUNNER (1982). It seems to confirm the idea that to make a great movie about L.A. you have to make people believe that it’s full of skeletons in the closet. And it does the job well
September 26, 2008
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