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Thumbnail for L.A. Confidential (1997) L.A. Confidential (1997)

Basics Critics:90Viewers:79Rusty:77
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: crime film, neo-noir, mystery film, film adaptationMain subject: Los Angeles Police DepartmentNarrative location: Los AngelesRuntime: 132 - 138 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Long BeachDirector: Curtis HansonScreenwriter: Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson, James EllroyBased on: L.A. ConfidentialMusic: Jerry GoldsmithCinematography: Dante SpinottiStars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger, David Strathairn, Danny DeVito, Ron Rifkin, Matt McCoy, Paul Guilfoyle Producer: Arnon MilchanStudio: Regency EnterprisesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson)
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Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Dante Spinotti)
Academy Award for Best Director (Curtis Hanson)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Peter Honess)
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score (Jerry Goldsmith)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Arnon Milchan, Curtis Hanson)
Academy Award for Best Production Design (Jeannine Oppewall)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Award details: (details at IMDb)

L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir crime film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a group of LAPD officers in the year 1953, and the intersection of police corruption and Hollywood celebrity. The title refers to the 1950s scandal magazine Confidential, portrayed in the film as Hush-Hush. The film adaptation was produced and directed by Curtis Hanson and co-written by Hanson and Brian Helgeland. At the time, British-Australian actor Guy Pearce and New Zealand actor Russell Crowe were relatively unknown in North America, and one of the film's backers, Peter Dennett, was worried about the lack of established stars in the lead roles. However, he supported Hanson's casting decisions and this gave the director the confidence to approach Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, and Danny DeVito. Critically acclaimed, the film holds a 99% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, as well as an aggregated rating of 90 on Metacritic.

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