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L.A. Confidential [DVD] [Special Edition]

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  • Director Curtis Hanson captures the duality of 1950s Los Angeles in this striking film noir adaptation of James Ellroy's novel. The City of Angels might be sunny, inviting, and glamorous to the rest of the world, but it's also filled with corrupt cops, elegant hookers, murder cover-ups, and manipulative paparazzi, all of which are just the tip of the iceberg. It's impossible to know exactly who's trustworthy and who's not as three detectives (Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce) each use their own tactics to investigate a coffee-shop massacre.

    The script by Hanson and Brian Helgeland maintains the fragile framework of human relationships developed in the novel, while 45 different shooting locations give the film a solidly unique tone and feeling of integrity, immersing the viewer in 1950s Los Angeles. The entire cast is first-rate, with compelling performances from Spacey, Crowe, Pearce, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger, and David Strathairn.

    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress 1997 Kim Basinger American Actress
    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1997 Curtis Hanson Oscar-winning, director, screenwriter, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1997 Brian Helgeland

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    • Rating - For strong violence and language, and for sexuality
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1000025482

  • Credits
    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Danny De Vito
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Savory color schemes provide a vibrant backdrop for L.A. Confidential....Spacey puts the pride in snide and is a joy to watch..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...L.A. Confidential brings the rancid thrill of corruption crackingly alive..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Resplendently wicked L.A. CONFIDENTIAL is a tough, gorgeous, vastly entertaining throwback to the Hollywood that did things right..."
    New York Times

    "...A dark, dangerous and intoxicating tale of big trouble in paradise, smartly done with the blackest possible humor..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...There are convincing characters here....Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce are two Australian actors who here move convincingly into starmaking roles..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[A] crime classic. Faithful in spirit to James Ellroy's grimy masterpiece....Irresistible but deadly."
    Total Film

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