Warner Bros./Regency (Arnon Milchan, Curtis Hanson &
W: Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson [based
on the novel by James Ellroy]
DP: Dante Spinotti
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
Pd: Jeannine Oppewall
Cos: Ruth Myers
Guy Pearce (Ed Exley), Kevin
Spacey (Jack Vincennes), Russell Crowe (Wendell 'Bud' White), James Cromwell (Dudley Smith), David Strathairn (Pierce Patchett), Kim Basinger (Lynn
Bracken), Danny DeVito (Sid Hudgens)
film noir for the 1990's, brilliantly adapted from James Ellroy's novel, which in itself is a fantastic read.
In 1950's Los Angeles, amongst the glitz and glamour of
Hollywood, a by-the-book, industrious detective uncovers corruption with his department and enlists the help of a suave vice detective and a brutish cop to investigate.
L.A. Confidential is amongst the best films of the decade,
with a rich accolade of characters and a labyrinthine narrative which always keeps you second guessing. It won two Oscars for Screenplay & Supporting Actress (Basinger). In any other year, it
would most likely have swept the board (Some may even argue this was a much more worthy winner than Titanic).