L.A. Confidential Poster
L.A. Confidential
Theatrical Poster

Release Date: September 19, 1997 (USA)

Director: Curtis Hanson

MPAA Rating: R

Genre: Crime Mystery

Running Time: 136 minutes

Box Office: $110,604,977 Worldwide Gross

Plot Summary:

Based on the best-selling novel by James Ellroy and directed by Curtis Hanson, this film noir crime drama explores both the dark side of the Los Angeles police force and Southern California's criminal underbelly in the early '50s, when Hollywood was still seen as America's capital of sophistication, glitter, and glamour.

As the only member of the cast with an Oscar on his mantle, Kevin Spacey received top billing, but he once more shared the screen equally with other actors, including a pre-stardom Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, and James Cromwell. Though each had their moments, Spacey had the most flamboyant role as Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes, a flashy "Hollywood" detective who serves as a technical advisor on a TV series patterned after Jack Webb's "Dragnet." He is also in cahoots with Sid Hudgeons (Danny DeVito), publisher of the scandal sheet Hush Hush, who throws kickbacks to Vincennes in exchange for being brought along when showbiz figures get busted.

L.A. Confidential was nominated for nine Academy Awards and netted two, with Brian Helgeland honored for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Kim Basinger taking home a statuette as Best Supporting Actress.


"There was a particularly strong, sharp image about the kind of actor I was, when 'The 'Usual Suspects' and 'Seven' came out. But I didn't want to play your evil nemesis again. A lot of roles were being offered to me, many of them bad versions of 'Seven.' I found 'L.A. Confidential,' and that was the first step. On the surface, a guy who's glib and overconfident and corrupt. Under the surface, there's something more disturbing. Also something potentially decent and redemptive." -- Kevin Spacey, The Washington Times, March 1, 2003


Main Cast
Kevin Spacey - Jack Vincennes
Danny De Vito - Sid Hudgeons
Kim Basinger - Lynn Bracken
James Cromwell - Dudley Smith
Guy Pearce - Ed Exley
Russell Crowe - Bud White
David Strathairn - Pierce Patchett
Simon Baker - Matt Reynolds
Ron Rifkin - Dist. Atty. Ellis Loew
Paul Guilfoyle - Meyer Harris Cohen
Major Awards Won
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - 1998
Award: Oscar
Category Winner
Best Adapted Screenplay Curtis Hanson,
Brian Helgeland
Best Supporting Actress Kim Basinger
   
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 1997
Category Winner
Best Director Curtis Hanson
Best Film  
Best Screenplay Curtis Hanson,
Brian Helgeland
Best Supporting Actor Kevin Spacey
   
Broadcast Film Critics Association 1998
Critics Choice Award
Category Winner
Best Adapted Screenplay Curtis Hanson,
Brian Helgeland
Best Picture  
   
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1998
Category Winner
Best Director Curtis Hanson
Best Picture  
Best Screenplay Curtis Hanson,
Brian Helgeland
   
Golden Globe Awards 1998
Category Winner
Best Supporting Actress Kim Basinger
   
National Society of Film Critics Awards 1998
Category Winner
Best Director Curtis Hanson
Best Picture
Best Screenplay Curtis Hanson,
Brian Helgeland
   
Online Film Critics Society Awards 1998
Category Winner
Best Film  
Best Screenplay Curtis Hanson,
Brian Helgeland
   
Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998
Category Winner
Best Supporting Actress Kim Basinger
   
Writers Guild of America Awards 1998
Category Winner
Best Adapted Screenplay Curtis Hanson,
Brian Helgeland
   
QuoteAll right, college boy, I'll help. But there's a case you boys in Homicide don't care about, you think it's just another Hollywood "homo"-cide. Well, I don't. You help me with mine, I'll help you with yours. DealQuote
-- Jack Vincennes