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L.A. Confidential 1997

  • Curtis Hanson
  • September 19, 1997
  • 138 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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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A thoroughly competent, but ultimately flavorless film. The acting is solid, the story is well-paced, and the major characters have defined arcs, but it's all executed in such a generic, perfunctory manner that the entire thing left me cold. The cheesy dialogue and generic archetype characters certainly set the film back, but at the end of the day it's a very solid film that never rises above being solid. It's pablum. The pablum is well-done and it's all technically sound, but it's also tremendously uninspired, checking the boxes for a prestige picture without adding anything new or interesting to the standard tropes it employs. Quite a disappointment for a film I was really looking forward to watching.

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Third time... Great great great.

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Always heard great things about this one and now I finally confirmed it myself. L.A. Confidential is excellent! An absolutely terrific thriller!

Great direction, great dialogues, great and very intriguing story with very good twists and turns.
The performances are outstanding by all of the amazing cast but I have to do a special mention to Kevin Spacey, he is such a good actor! I love to see him perform. He is so powerful, he doesn't even need to speak to spread his charm! I wish we could see him in more films nowadays.

If this film is not perfect I am sure that is very close to that.

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