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L.A. Confidential

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Starring: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe
Director: Curtis Hanson
Rated: R
RunTime: 136 Minutes
Release Date: September 1997
Genres: Mystery, Drama, Action, Suspense

*Also starring: James Cromwell, Guy Pearce, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Simon Baker

Review by John Beachem
4 stars out of 4

When this wonderful film was released, two things killed it at the box office. The fact that it had very little advertising, and that it was overshadowed by the lumbering monstrosity that was "Titanic". When masterpieces like this are so completely defeated, it shows the rather sad state of affairs Hollywood is in today.

The labyrinth plot is mainly about three cops. Ed Exley, who is a golden boy of the LA police; Bud White, who is a maverick cop, playing by his own rules to get justice; and Jack Vincennes, the celebrity cop who works with Sid Hudgeons from the tabloid "Hush Hush" to get callers that will put his picture on the front page. The three very different men are brought together by a shooting at an all night coffee shop which claims the lives of over a dozen people. Soon however, they are dragged through a maze of crimes ranging from prostitution to heroin running, which reach through all levels of power in LA.

This film has it all. An incredible script, wonderful music, perfect and sets and lighting effects, and some of the best acting I've seen in a long time. The script is truly amazing, managing to take what should be a messy, convoluted story and turning it into storytelling at its finest. Easy to follow, despite the many subplots and characters. The characters are all real people that are developed and defined to the point where the audience truly believes these were real people. The music, by Jerry Goldsmith is perfect for the film. Highlighting every scene and giving a great impression that this is really 50's LA

Copyright 1997 John Beachem

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