18 certificateL.A. Confidential is a Film programme that first aired in 1997 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

L.A. Confidential is a 5 star programme

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

Directed by
Curtis Hanson

This intensive, multi-layered period thriller is a riveting and unforgettable tale, perhaps one of the 1990s' outstanding films. Brilliantly directed by Curtis Hanson, it brought superb performances from Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe (pictured, centre left), Guy Pearce (pictured, centre right), gave Kim Basinger an Oscar for her support role and picked up a further Oscar for its script, based on the novel by James Ellroy.

Post-war Los Angeles is a sewer overflowing with ambition, corruption and a turf war between lawmakers and lawbreakers, overseen by sleaze-magazine editor Sid Hudgens (a joyful performance from Danny DeVito). When two cops take a Christmas Eve beating, the squad go tit-for-tat with the suspects. Shocked by the scenes, officer Ed Exley (Pearce) reports his colleagues, "Hollywood" Jack Vincennes (Spacey) and Bud White (Crowe), who are disciplined.

Exley is promoted by Captain Smith (James Cromwell), and put on the trail of those responsible for a cop-killing coffee-shop carnage spree, Vincennes goes after a gang of lookalike hookers (led by a Veronica Lake double, Basinger), while career jawbreaker White takes on organised crime. Slowly, the men realise there is a link between all their cases and are brought together to discover that betrayal and death are not far behind unless they bury their differences and act as a team...

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 140 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1997

5/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for Guy PearceGuy Pearce...Det. Lt. Edmund Jennings Exley
Image for Russell CroweRussell Crowe...Officer Wendell 'Bud' White
Image for Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey...Sgt. Jack Vincennes
Image for James CromwellJames Cromwell...Cap. Dudley Liam Smith
Image for Kim BasingerKim Basinger...Lynn Bracken
Image for Danny DeVitoDanny DeVito...Sid Hudgens
Image for David StrathairnDavid Strathairn...Pierce Morehouse Patchett
Image for Ron RifkinRon Rifkin...D.A. Ellis Loew
Matt McCoy...Brett Chase
Paul Guilfoyle...Meyer Harris 'Mickey' Cohen
Paolo Seganti...Johnny Stompanato
Elisabeth Granli...Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
Sandra Taylor...Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
Steve Rankin...Officer Arresting Mickey Cohen
Graham Beckel...Sgt. 'Dick' Stensland