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L.A. Confidential


Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell View All


Curtis Hanson (Screenplay), Curtis Hanson (Director), Brian Helgeland (Screenplay) View All

Release: 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.
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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.
Aside from Smith's duplicity, highlights include the way Spacey's Vincennes enunciates "lieutenant" while talking to Pearces Exley, the chief's (John Mahon) stone-cold glare towards Exley while awarding him, Exley and Smith's smug poses in the newspaper photo shoot and Vincennes' bemused expressions....
Anyone that hasn't had a chance of seeing this yet should get to it sometime, because I doubt you'll be disappointed..
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