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L.A. Confidential

Kevin Spacey , Russell Crowe , Curtis Hanson    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)

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In a time when it seems that every other movie makes some claim to being a film noir, L.A. Confidential is the real thing--a gritty, sordid tale of sex, scandal, betrayal, and corruption of all sorts (police, political, press--and, of course, very personal) in 1940s Hollywood. The Oscar-winning screenplay is actually based on several titles in James Ellroy's series of chronological thriller novels (including the title volume, The Big Nowhere, and White Jazz)--a compelling blend of L.A. history and pulp fiction that has earned it comparisons to the greatest of all Technicolor noir films, Chinatown. Kim Basinger richly deserved her Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a conflicted femme fatale; unfortunately, her male costars are so uniformly fine that they may have canceled each other out with the Academy voters: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, and James Cromwell play LAPD officers of varying stripes. Pearce's character is a particularly intriguing study in Hollywood amorality and ambition, a strait-laced "hero" (and son of a departmental legend) whose career goals outweigh all other moral, ethical, and legal considerations. If he's a good guy, it's only because he sees it as the quickest route to a promotion. --Jim Emerson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie Jan. 3 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of all, this movie is really good. The way they have improve the quality of the image and the sound on the Blu-ray makes it even more interesting. Buy !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of the Film Noirs Jan. 10 2013
By Mark
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
While I cannot say I like watching this movie I feel compelled to do so every so often, and it never disappoints. Although done fairly recently, and although it is in colour, it might be regarded as the last film noir. Aside from the colour and the date, it has most, if not all of the ingredients. One of the 100 films I would take to a desert island.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merci Feb. 22 2012
By MauL
Format:DVD
Vraiment super, la livraison s'est effectuée très rapidement, à peine 2-3 jours. Aussi le DVD était neuf, donc en trés bon état! Donc je vous recommande ce vendeur!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I do not understand why I waited so long Feb. 14 2004
Format:DVD
I wanted to watch this movie right from the moment of its release more than six years ago, but for one reason or other I never got around to do it...until now. Luckily I did not continue procrastinating, because this is probably one of the best movies in the film noir category.
The story, based on the novel by James Ellroy, starts with Danny De Vito's narration of the latest events in the city of angels, which include the arrest of Mickey C, head of the organized crime. I have always enjoyed listening to De Vito narrate a story, and as happened in "The War of the Roses", I was enthralled from the beginning. De Vito plays a journalist working for a tabloid called Hush-hush, who has several contacts inside the police department that give him exclusives in exchange for publicity. One of these is Sergeant Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), a classic "ladies man", interested in fame and in the Hollywood world much more than he is interested in police business. Vincennes works in the same precinct with Sergeant, soon to be Detective Lieutenant, Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) and with Officer Bud White (Russell Crowe). Exley is the typical "go by the book" guy, son of a famous officer murdered years ago in a crime that was never solved. White is a cop whose main interest is helping ladies in distress, playing a typical knight in a shinning armor. After a situation at the police station ends up in disaster, the relationship among the three policemen is turned into a confrontational one when White's partner is forced to quit his job.
Shortly after those events a multiple murder in the Night Owl will have the three policemen desperately trying to solve the same crime and facing a well-oiled criminal organization.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen better from everyone May 31 2003
Format:DVD
L.A. Confidential was a good movie, but it wasn't great. Kevin Spacey is always good, but you'll see better Spacey roles in K-PAX, American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, Seven, Outbreak, and pretty much ANYTHING else with him! He certainly wasn't bad in L.A. Confidential, he just didn't stand out so much. Russell Crowe was fine in this as well. He has certainly improved his performance though with The Insider, Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind. Guy Pearce was great in this, and he delivered the finest performance of the film. His better roles are Memento and The Count of Monte Cristo. Danny DeVito was his typical self. He is never a let down, but his better roles range from Matilda to Batman Returns to Hoffa. And then there's Kim Basinger. I LOVE Kim Basinger, but I have absolutely no idea why she won an Academy Award for this. I would have thought that this was one of her worse performances. Watch anything else with her, and her acting will stand out more than this! She was up against Minnie Driver's performance in Good Will Hunting for the award, and Driver was far more deserving of the award. Don't get me wrong, L.A. Confidential was a fine movie with fine performances, it just was not Oscar-worthy in any way. It wasn't amazing. It isn't a kid movie, and its R rating reflects violence, language, and some brief sexual images. This was fine to watch once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Confidential Aug. 7 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This movie may be the best of the police detective genre. Brilliantly written and brilliantly acted. The movie flies by and takes you in so many different directions that you hardly have time to catch your breath. This was Russell Crowe's breakout movie and although he was not given star status, he made it his movie. Kevin Spacey is incredible, Kim Basinger utterly "steamy" and James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and James Strathairn are perfect in their roles. The transfer to Blu-ray is well done but has some problems with the video at the start and does not meet all the expectations of a Blu-ray. Lots of bonus features, some interesting, some not so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"L.A. Confidential" is the story of three Los Angeles police officers who work in a rather corrupt department in 1953. Bud White (Russell Crowe) has a violent temper and is not above beating up a suspect to get answers. Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) loves the spotlight; he's the technical consultant for a TV show and takes bribes from a gossip columnist. Exley (Guy Pearce) is a young, straight-arrow cop who wants to live up to his late father's reputation. Together, they investigate some murders that may involve a high-priced call-girl (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger).

This movie is often described as a "film noir," and that kept me from seeing the movie for a long time. But I do like the movie a lot; the actors are all wonderful and there are several twists to the story. It is an ensemble piece; the four stars give exciting, yet understated performances, and James Cromwell, as the police captain, and Danny De Vito, as the tabloid writer, are also outstanding. This is a trip back to days of "Dragnet," with interesting characters, some violence, and lots of suspense. Heartily recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unflinching tale of police corruption and scandal in the 1950's
L.A Confidential is a great movie.it is very well written and very well
directed.it is an unflinching tale of police corruption and scandal in
the 1950's. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
This is magnificent. A top notch cast throughout, Guy Pearce is a revelation, Russell Crowe (not my favourite) is just brilliant, James Cromwell is great. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by sp
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Off The Record, On The QT And Very Hush Hush'.
If not for a film about a ship hitting an iceberg and going down L.A. Confidential would have been a sure-fire Academy Award Best Picture winner. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by George Annessa
5.0 out of 5 stars She is Lana Turner
Curtis Hanson's "L.A.Confidential" was the best movie of the year. It had class, acting, story line and macabre plot that was captivating. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Trial Critic
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid WhoDunIt Hollywood Style!
Murder - Double Cross - Mystery -Double Double Cross - Paradise. Beautiful women. Good cops. Gangsters. Bad cops. Politics. Gun fights. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Jeffrey E Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Confidential (1997)
Director: Curtis Hanson
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito.
Running Time: 156 minutes. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by The Tweeder
3.0 out of 5 stars Good try but still just an updated B-rated 1950s movie
An updated version of a bad B-movie of the 50s, good sets and makeup, hairdos and acting. It was the story that didn't quite come together and the movie was much much too long. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Linda Linguvic
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Lad!
Does it get any better than this? Film Noir in Color! This movie is a film noir with natural lighting. This not only applies to the sets. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by James R. Mckinley
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