L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

  • R
  • 1997
  • 138 min
  • USA
  • crime, drama, mystery

Three detectives from LAPD investigate multiple homicides. While unearthing the evidence and the suspects, the trail leads to corruption in their own department.

Director: Curtis Hanson

Screenwriters: Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Danny DeVito

Taut pacing, brilliantly dense writing and Oscar-worthy acting combine to produce a smart, popcorn-friendly thrill ride.


  • Curtis Hanson
    Curtis Hanson

    Curtis Lee Hanson (March 24, 1945 - September 20, 2016) was an American filmmaker. Hanson was born in Reno, Nevada and grew up in Los Angeles, the son of Beverly June, a real estate agent, and Wilbur Hale "Bill" Hanson, a teacher. Hanson dropped out of high school, finding work as a freelance photographer and editor for Cinema magazine.

Main Cast


Producer: Curtis Hanson, Michael G. Nathanson, Arnon Milchan

Editor: Peter Honess

Casting: Mali Finn

Director Of Photography: Dante Spinotti

Original Music Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

Costume Design: Ruth Myers

Executive Producer: Dan Kolsrud, David L. Wolper

Production Design: Jeannine Oppewall

Sound: Terry Rodman


Source: based on the novel by James Ellroy

Tagline: Everything is suspect... Everyone is for sale... And nothing is what it seems.

Genres: crime, drama, mystery, thriller

Certificate: R

Categories: lapd, police corruption, femme fatale, good cop bad cop, call girl, murder, police, neo noir, protective male, crime boss, plastic surgery, los angeles, blackmail, tabloid, district attorney, corruption, detective, shotgun, morgue, domestic violence, corpse, crime, bandage, movie star, switchblade, 1950s


Year: 1997

Runtime: 138 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Color: Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Also Known As

  • Los Ángeles al desnudo (AR)
  • SzigorĂșan bizalmas (HU)


  • Jay Boyar (Orlando Sentinel)

    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.

  • Steven Rea (Philadelphia Inquirer)

    L.A. Confidential isn't quite up there with Chinatown, but it's the closest thing to come down the Santa Monica Freeway in the last 23 years.

  • Michael Wilmington (Chicago Tribune)

    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.