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L.A. Confidential

"Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems."

Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films. Based on the multi-layered James Ellroy novel.

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Released: Dec 4th, 1997
Budget: N/A
Revenue: $126,216,940.00

L.A. Confidential Main Cast

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Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
plays Jack Vincennes
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
plays Bud White
Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce
plays Ed Exley
James Cromwell
James Cromwell
plays Dudley Smith
Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger
plays Lynn Bracken
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): SPOILER: In the final scene, Ed and Lynn are facing each other yet the sun is shown as being behind both of them.
  • To pitch the movie to backers (and, later, to explain his aesthetic ideas about it to various cast and crew members), director Curtis Hanson put together a group of 18 period images illustrating different aspects of what he hoped to convey with the movie. These included the "Welcome to Los Angeles" postcard that's in the first shot of the movie. Photos of tract housing, orange groves, and the glamour shot of Veronica Lake are framed on Lynn Bracken's wall. Hanson also chose studio photos of two lesser-known 1950s actors (Aldo Ray and Guy Madison) to show to Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe what he envisioned as models for the characters Ed Exley and Bud White. Exley's model was Madison, while White's was Ray. This film takes its name from "Confidential", a notorious 1950s-era movie star tabloid, which is fictionally portrayed herein as "Hush-Hush".
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): In the street scene after the kidnapped girl is rescued, a blue US Postal Service box is visible. Mailboxes were painted olive drab until the color scheme was changed to red, white and blue on July 4, 1955. The US Postal Service did not exist until 1971, when it replaced the U.S. Post Office Department. Prior to 1971, equipment, including trucks and mail boxes, were labeled "U.S. Mail".
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): In the Nite Owl café murder scene, as the camera pans over the café, the mustard and cat-sup are seen to be in plastic containers. In the 1950s, mustard and cat-sup always came in glass bottles.
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