L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

DVD - 2000
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slaying of the patrons at an all-night diner in this lush tribute to tough film noir crime films. DVD.
Publisher: [Australia] : Warner Home Video, c2000.
Edition: Special ed., Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (132 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: LA confidential


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Mar 09, 2018

Long movie, but held my attention the whole time.

Jul 12, 2017

Spicy and boiling-hot, this sensational early-'50s crime drama is a morality play disguised as pulp fiction -- a sprawling saga of corruption and redemption set against a flashy West Coast backdrop.

Jul 10, 2017

L.A. Confidential is a movie bull's-eye: noir with an attitude, a thriller packing punches. It gives up its evil secrets with a smile.

May 14, 2016

One of my all-time favourite movies. I revisit it every couple of years and so should you!

Aug 08, 2015

Good movie..... Can't understand how Kim B. even got nominated for an Oscar !!?? She has probably less than a page of dialogue; and maybe..... 1/2 hr of screentime. Mediocre performance by a mediocre actress !!! Definitely not an Oscar - worthy performance !!!

Feb 06, 2015

Saw this movie ages ago and it stands up well. Great cast and script. You have to pay attention in this movie, lots of stuff going on and lots of names being thrown around. Great movie!

Oct 21, 2014

You know the old movie trope about the detective, boxer, or shamus who wants nothing more than to retire to a chicken farm? Well, one of the characters of L. A. Confidential does just that, and I'm not convinced it isn't a bitter joke. The character should have been killed, and the scene in which it is explained he has survived and is chicken farm bound has the mark of a last-minute addition. The film has other flaws, for example, it is overlong, compared to its sleek, 1940s peers. However, it has a dark, hypnotic atmosphere, unlike any film made in the last 70 years, except for Chinatown. If you're looking for an entree into the world of hard core noir, this is a place to start.

Oct 01, 2014

LA Confidential is one of the two or three best crime suspense thrillers of the 1990s, and probably one of the top fifteen or twenty of all time. It's exceptionally well-written and somewhat more sophisticated and complex than most crime stories.

Aug 31, 2014

The greatest neo-noir of the last two decades and the only respectable film adaptation of James Ellroy.

Aug 03, 2014

For starters - I'm sorry to say, but I did not immediately fall in love with Kim Basinger (as I know I was expected to) the very second she first stepped into the camera's view.

Nor did I ever warm-up to Basinger's whore-with-a-heart-of-gold character as this film's story boldly forged ahead towards its cornball and clichéd "happy" ending.

The thing with Basinger was that she was 44 years old at the time of this picture and no matter how much the camera (and the make-up artists) tried to hide this fact - Let's face it, Basinger was about 20 years too old for her part as a high-class hooker who didn't (but was supposed to) resemble 1950's movie-actress, Veronica Lake.

And then there was Russell Crowe's character, Bud White, the tough-as-nails, no-nonsense cop (with a hair-trigger temper) whose modus operandi was to kick, punch, (and/or) shoot the suspect(s) first, then ask questions later.

What really killed me about Bud was how he fancied himself to be a gallant crusader for battered women, yet, when it came right down to it, he was just as prone to punch and slap a woman around, just like any other hot-blooded, hypocritical, all-American male.

L.A. Confidential's biggest downfall was apparent in the way that its story clearly lacked an essential, underlying tightness. It continually showed absolutely no restraint, at all, when it came to the unbelievable corruption, brutality (or whatever) that prevailed in L.A.'s police force (in the 1950s) that went all the way up to the District Attorney.

With one bare-faced lie being recklessly heaped upon another, L.A. Confidential's story got itself so bogged down with inane double-crosses, forced confessions and treacherous finger-pointing that, before long, it gave me one helluva splitting headache.

At 2 hours and 20 minutes this Film Noir "wannabe" seriously cried out for some immediate attention in the editing department.

View All Comments


Add a Quote

Aug 17, 2012

Captain Dudley Smith: "Have you a valediction, boyo?" Jack Vincennes (dying): "...Rollo Tamasi..."

Apr 03, 2011

Captain Dudley Smith: Go back to Jersey, sonny. This is the City of the Angels, and you haven't got any wings.

Apr 03, 2011

Ray Pinker: Stomach of the week. Unemployed actor had frankfurter, french fries, alcohol, and sperm. Hell of a last supper, don't you think?

Apr 03, 2011

Dick Stensland: I got a hot date.
Bud White: Yeah? Who is she and what did you arrest her for?
Share this quote


Add Notices

Apr 02, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Apr 02, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Apr 02, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


Add a Summary

Apr 02, 2011

A shooting at an all night diner is investigated by three LA policemen in their own unique ways.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at YPRL

To Top