Watch: L.A. Confidential 1997 123movies, Full Movie Online – 1950’s Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime..
Plot: 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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Everything in this film is fantastic.
L.A. Confidential is, without a doubt, the best film of the 1990s, and quite possibly one of the best films ever made.
As with any great film, it all starts with the writing. The story is riveting, the dialogue is smart and quite funny, and the characters are written in three dimensions.
The acting is phenomenal. Perhaps a bigger tragedy than L.A. Confidential’s loss to Titanic in the Best Picture race is that none of the three lead actors even garnered nominations. Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kevin Spacey are absolutely phenomenal; it is their characters that drive this fascinating story about police corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. We get to know these people, to understand who they are and why they do what they do, and to root for them to overcome their imperfections.
The directing is fantastic. Curtis Hanson doesn’t shove anything in the audience’s face; instead, he allows the audience to discover the film’s nuances on their own. (That makes this an excellent film for repeat viewings, you truly catch something new every time). 1950s Los Angeles is reproduced beautifully. The editing is quick and seamless, the music is perfect for the film (Hanson should teach other directors how to do a montage effectively), and the cinematography is great.
I can’t find a negative thing to say about this film. It’s truly a masterpiece.
As a fan of mysteries and thrillers and who likes a lot of the cast (such a great one on paper), expectations were high for ‘LA Confidential’. And ‘LA Confidential’ didn’t disappoint at all, it is an outstanding film on all levels and should have won the Best Picture Oscar of 1997 and won more.
Visually, ‘LA Confidential’ looks great. The photography is both audacious and stylish, suitably the story and genre superlatively. A good music score also helps and there is an appropriately haunting one courtesy of one of the greatest film composers ever. Curtis Hansen directs superbly, it has a lot of style and how it balances everything is so cleverly done, he hasn’t made a better film and to me it’s the best directing of his entire career.
‘LA Confidental’ richly deserved its Best Screenplay Oscar. No other film that year came close to the film’s rich character development, complexity and its refusal to fall into cliché territory. All the characters are compelling in their realism and none of them feel stereotypical or one-sided, actually breaking the mould of good cops and bad villains. The story is gripping in its intensity and thrills, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns, and very rare a dull moment.
The acting is exceptionally full-blooded and there isn’t a single weak link. How Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kevin Spacey weren’t nominated for Oscars is unfathomable. Spacey in particular is brilliant, though Crowe is appropriately hard-nosed and Pearce has rarely been better.
James Cromwell and Danny De Vito also shine. Cromwell is chillingly insidious and De Vito has never been slimier. Whether Kim Basinger deserved her Oscar win is up for debate, to me it was a very worthy win where she gives her role hard edge and charm.
In conclusion, superb film-making and an outstanding film on all levels. 10/10 Bethany Cox
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 18 min (138 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Curtis Hanson
Writer James Ellroy, Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson
Actors Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce
Country United States
Awards Won 2 Oscars. 92 wins & 86 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Lightweight, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,773 m (Sweden), 3,915 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 500T 5279, Eastman EXR 200T 5293)
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)