Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell
Curtis Hanson (Director), Brian Helgeland (Screenplay), Curtis Hanson (Screenplay)
Released: Sep. 19th, 1997
Runtime: 2 hours, 18 minutes
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.
The most intriguing aspect of the film was the ability to compare the three central cops (all well realised, realistic feeling characters) at the heart of the story, and the completely different characters they are and different approaches they take to their work.
This film is so beautifully constructed and such complete attention is required that if you miss five minutes of this film and then return to it, you will be totally confused...for me, the primary aspect of a perfect screenplay.