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L.A. Confidential
My Rating:
(out of 5 stars)
4.5 Stars
L.A. Confidential Poster
Primary Location: First Saw:In Theatre Saw at/with: At Mini-Cine
Rating: R Year: 1997 Category: Action Crime
Director: Chris Hanson Time: 136 min. Writer: James Ellroy & Brian Helgeland

Mine: Great, great film. The dialog is sparkling. The plot is interesting to say the least. Great performances all around. Visually intriguing. REALLY REALLY good. I don't understand why Basinger got an oscar, she is passable and pretty but that is it.
Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis: Vividly atmospheric tale of L. A. in the early 1950s, run by corrupt cops--one of whom (Spacey) works hand in hand with the publisher of a sleazy tabloid (DeVito). Self-righteous Pearce, however, thinks he can rise above the muck in the department. Director Hanson and Brian Helgeland's Oscar-winning adaptation of the James Ellroy novel is overlong but compelling and richly detailed; a bleak worldview, to be sure. Basinger won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as the Veronica Lake-ish call girl, but she's surrounded by Oscar-worthy costars. Super 35.
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