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L.A. Confidential ()


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As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 86 wins & 83 nominations.
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Jack Vincennes
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Bud White
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Ed Exley
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Dudley Smith
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Lynn Bracken
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Sid Hudgens
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Pierce Patchett
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D.A. Ellis Loew
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'Badge of Honor' Star Brett Chase
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Mickey Cohen
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Johnny Stompanato
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Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
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Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner
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Officer Arresting Mickey Cohen
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Dick Stensland
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Wife Beater
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Wife
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Jack's Dancing Partner (as Symba Smith)
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Reporter at Hollywood Station
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Photographer at Hollywood Station
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Liquor Store Owner
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Susan Lefferts
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Buzz Meeks
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Sid's Assistant
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Matt Reynolds (as Simon Baker Denny)
Shawnee Free Jones ...
Tammy Jordan
Matthew Allen Bretz ...
Officer Escorting Mexicans
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First Mexican
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Officer / Detective at Hollywood Station
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Officer / Detective at Hollywood Station
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Officer / Detective at Hollywood Station
Don Pulford ...
Officer / Detective at Hollywood Station
Chris Short ...
Officer / Detective at Hollywood Station
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Police Chief
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Breuning - Dudley's Guy
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Carlisle - Dudley's Guy
George Yager ...
Gangster at Victory Motel
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Vice Captain
Ginger Slaughter ...
Secretary in Vice
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Detective at Detective Bureau
John H. Evans ...
Patrolman at Nite Owl Cafe
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Forensic Chief
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Forensic Officer
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Coroner
Gwenda Deacon ...
Mrs. Lefferts
T.J. Kennedy ...
Bud's Rejected Partner (as Mike Kennedy)
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Jack's Rejected Partner
Robert Harrison ...
Pierce Patchett's Bodyguard
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City Councilman
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Boxer
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Ray Collins - Nite Owl Suspect
Salim Grant ...
Louis Fontaine - Nite Owl Suspect
Karr Washington ...
Ty Jones - Nite Owl Suspect (as Karreem Washington)
Noel Evangelisti ...
Stenographer
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Inez Soto - Rape Victim (as Marisol Padilla Sanchez)
Jeff Sanders ...
Sylvester Fitch
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Roland Navarette (as Steve Lambert)
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Officer at Detective Bureau
Gregory White ...
Mayor
April Breneman ...
Look-Alike Dancer
Lisa Worthy ...
Look-Alike Dancer
Beverly Sharpe ...
Witness on 'Badge of Honor'
Colin Mitchell ...
Reporter at Hospital
John Currie Slade ...
Photographer at Hospital (as John Slade)
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Lana Turner
Kevin Maloney ...
Frolic Room Bartender
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Police File Clerk
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Police File Clerk (as Rebecca Jane Klingler)
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D.A. Ellis Loew's Secretary
Scott Eberlein ...
West Hollywood Sheriff's Deputy
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Detective at Hush-Hush Office
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Officer at Hush-Hush Office
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Detective
Robert Foster ...
Detective
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Detective (as Kevin Kelly)
Henry Marder ...
Detective
Monty McKee ...
Detective
Henry Meyers ...
Detective
Michael Ossmann ...
Detective
Dick Stilwell ...
Detective
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Detective
Robert Thompson ...
Detective (as Samuel Thompson)
Jody Wood ...
Detective
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Mayor's Wife
Jonathan Adler ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Jana Rains Austinson ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Hennen Chambers ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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1940s Courthouse (uncredited)
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Brunette Police Woman (uncredited)
T.K. Durham ...
Senator's Aide (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Cop (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Second Mexican (uncredited)
J.P. Romano ...
Deuce Perkins (uncredited)
Gilbert Rosales ...
Third Mexican (uncredited)
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Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Uniformed Patrol Officer (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Park Ranger (uncredited)
Sam P. Whitehead ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Court Bailiff (uncredited)

Directed by

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Curtis Hanson

Written by

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James Ellroy ... (novel "L.A. Confidential")
 
Brian Helgeland ... (screenplay) &
Curtis Hanson ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Curtis Hanson ... producer
Brian Helgeland ... co-producer
Dan Kolsrud ... executive producer
Arnon Milchan ... producer
Michael G. Nathanson ... producer (as Michael Nathanson)
David L. Wolper ... executive producer

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

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Dante Spinotti ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Peter Honess ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Beth Jochem Besterveld ... first assistant editor
Carole Henderson Harrington ... assistant editor (as Carole Henderson Sherr)
Mo Henry ... negative cutter
Craig Kitson ... assistant editor: main titles
David Orr ... color timer
Elizabeth Sherry ... cinemaestro assistant
Michael Trent ... assistant editor
Stephanie Olah ... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Anil Urmil ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Mali Finn

Production Design by

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Jeannine Oppewall

Art Direction by

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William Arnold ... (as Bill Arnold)

Set Decoration by

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Jay Hart ... (as Jay R. Hart)

Costume Design by

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Ruth Myers ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Lance Anderson ... makeup artist
Janis Clark ... key hair stylist
Tommy Cole ... makeup artist
Scott H. Eddo ... makeup supervisor
John M. Elliott Jr. ... makeup supervisor
Jane English ... body makeup artist: Ms. Bassinger
Peter Savic ... hair stylist: Ms. Basinger
Linda Leiter Sharp ... hair stylist
Francesca Tolot ... makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
Gus Le Pre ... hair assistant (uncredited)

Production Management

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L. Dean Jones Jr. ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jim Goldthwait ... second assistant director
Kevin Koster ... dga trainee
Heather Kritzer ... second second assistant director
Linda Montanti ... first assistant director
Drew Ann Rosenberg ... first assistant director

Art Department

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G. Roger Abell ... swing gang (as Roger Abell)
Renee Lee Alito ... construction estimator
P. Scott Bailey ... lead person (as Scott Bailey)
Julie Beattie Iiams ... swing gang (as Julie Beattie-Iiams)
Kai Blomberg ... swing gang
Louisa Bonnie ... set designer
Rick Broderman ... painter
Chuck Brooks ... stand-by greensman
Nancy Bullock ... construction accounting assistant
John Cales ... propmaker (as John C. Cales)
Alex Carrillo ... propmaker foreman
Javier Carrillo ... construction foreman
Ralph Clark ... painter
Stephanie Cooney ... painter
Al DeGaetano ... construction buyer
Dave DeGaetano ... construction coordinator
Al Eisenmann ... assistant property master (as Al Eisenmann II)
Ralph Fierro ... propmaker
Andrew P. Flores ... paint foreman (as Andy Flores)
Ed Galik ... propmaker
Moira Gill ... art department coordinator
Chris Grantz ... swing gang
Robert M. Hagman ... propmaker foreman (as Bob Hagman)
John K. Hill ... labor foreman
John Hinkle ... stand-by painter
Bruce Kerner ... signwriter
David O. Krupnick ... construction medic (as Dave Krupnick)
Julia K. Levine ... set designer (as Julia Levine)
R. Patrick McGee ... swing gang
Steven B. Melton ... property master
Andrea Morland ... art department production assistant
Roderick Nunnally ... painter (as Rod Nunnally)
Michael C. Paolone ... laborer / tool keeper
Troy Alan Peters ... on-set dresser
Tracy Pikes ... propmaker
Mark Poll ... set designer
Neil David Pontecorvo ... head greensman
Steven Rigamat ... construction location foreman (as Steve Rigamai)
John Root ... signwriter supervisor (as John L. Root)
Sal Sanchez ... plaster foreman
Alexa Shushan ... painter
Doug Sieck ... swing gang
Danielle Simpson ... set decorating buyer (as Danielle M. Simpson)
Paul Stanwyck ... head scenic painter (as Paul J. Stanwyck)
Gary Damian Thomas ... storyboard artist (as Gary Thomas)
Patrick Thoms ... painter
Shannon Curfman ... set decorator buyer: re-shoots (uncredited)
Drew H. Fash ... printed artwork (uncredited)
Jim C. Johnson ... set dresser (uncredited)
Merdyce McClaran ... assistant props (uncredited)
Stuart Rankine ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Mark Vance ... props (uncredited)
Chris Vigeant ... laborer gang boss (uncredited)
Jack White ... food stylist (uncredited)
Eric Yount ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bob Beher ... foley editor
Anna Behlmer ... re-recording mixer
Brian Best ... apprentice sound editor
Gary Blufer ... sound effects recordist
Kay Colvin ... utility sound technician
Marc Deschaine ... assistant adr editor
Robert Deschaine ... adr recording mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Joe Divitale ... sound effects editor (as Joseph Divitale)
Michael Dressel ... foley editor
Gordon Ecker ... sound effects editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle ... consultant: Dolby sound
Kirk Francis ... production sound mixer
Steven Gerrior ... assistant sound editor
Hilda Hodges ... foley artist
Andrea Horta ... adr editor
Denise Horta ... adr editor
Glenn Hoskinson ... sound effects editor
Mildred Iatrou ... dialogue editor
John Leveque ... supervising sound editor
Diane Linn ... adr recordist
Kimberly Ellen Lowe ... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Steve Mann ... sound effects editor
Lori Martino ... foley editor
Andy Nelson ... re-recording mixer
Charleen Richards ... adr recording mixer
Terry Rodman ... sound designer
John Roesch ... foley artist
Mychal Smith ... boom operator
Cathie Speakman ... dialogue editor (as Catherine M. Speakman)
Becky Sullivan ... supervising adr editor
Shawn Sykora ... supervising foley editor
Roland N. Thai ... sound designer (as Roland Thai)
Tami Treadwell ... adr recordist
Tim Tuchrello ... apprentice sound editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. ... dialogue editor
Tom Lalley ... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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William N. Greene III ... special effects
Bob King ... special effects
Roger Lifsey ... special effects (as Roger W. Lifsey)
Robert L. Olmstead ... special effects (as Robert Olmstead)
Rudy Perez ... special effects (as Rudy R. Perez)
Eric Rylander ... special effects coordinator
David A. Schroeder ... special effects
Neil Smith ... special effects
Richard Stutsman ... special effects coordinator
Boyd Lacosse ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Christine Onesky ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Peter Donen ... visual effects supervisor
Travis Baumann ... compositing artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Joni Avery ... stunts
Rick Avery ... stunts
Joey Box ... stunts
Troy Brown ... stunts
Norm Compton ... stunts
Danny Costa ... stunts
Richard Drown ... stunts
Doc Duhame ... stunts
Gary Epper ... stunts
Richie Gaona ... stunts
Frankie 'G' Garbutt ... stunts (as Frankie Garbutt)
Bob Herron ... stunts
Toby Holguin ... stunts
Jeff Imada ... stunt coordinator
Kevin L. Jackson ... stunts (as Kevin Jackson)
Freddie Jin ... stunts (as Fred Jin)
Gene LeBell ... stunts (as Gene Lebell)
Fred Lerner ... stunts
Tom Lupo ... stunts
John Meier ... stunts
Jimmy Ortega ... stunts
Chris Palermo ... stunts
Gary Price ... stunts
Robby Robinson ... stunts
Troy Robinson ... stunts
Danny Rogers ... stunts
J.P. Romano ... stunts
Jimmy Romano ... stunts
Gilbert Rosales ... stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt ... stunts (as Anthony Schmidt)
Dion Mitchell ... utility stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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James W. Apted ... camera loader (as James Apted)
Randy Berrett ... grip
Corwin A. Bibb ... electrician (as Cory Bibb)
Blaise Dahlquist ... chief electrical rigging technician (as Blaise R. Dahlquist)
Jim Duggan ... key rigging grip
Robert Duggan ... best boy grip (as Bob Duggan)
Jeff Durling ... electrician
Carlos M. Gallardo ... grip
Lonnie S. Gatlin ... assistant chief lighting technician
Darryl 'Sparky' Herzon ... chief electrical rigging technician (as Daryl Herzon)
Gary Jay ... camera operator
Manny Jimenez ... grip
Duane Manwiller ... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Duane 'DC' Manwiller)
Merrick Morton ... still photographer
James M. Muro ... steadicam operator (as James Muro)
Jeffrey W. Petersen ... chief lighting technician
Alberto S. Ramos ... dolly grip
Nikola Ristic ... electrician
Scott M. Robinson ... key grip (as Scott Robinson)
Kenny Schneider ... electrician (as Kenneth Schneider)
Eric Smith ... electrician
Peter Sorel ... still photographer
Mark Soucie ... electrician
Poly Veitzer ... second camera assistant
Glenn Brown ... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Burnett ... video assist operator: stunts (uncredited)
Valeska Difrieri ... grip (uncredited)
Steve Galloway ... video assist (uncredited)
Peter Gulla ... camera operator (uncredited)
Edward A. Gutentag ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Christian J. Killingsworth ... rigging electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Emily Schweber ... casting associate
Trish Stuckey ... extras casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elizabeth Abate ... costumer
Gail Just ... costumer
Barry Kellogg ... costumer
Lisa Lovaas ... costume supervisor (as Lisa Nora Lovaas)
Tom Macdonald ... costumer (as Tom MacDonald)
Bella Noubarian ... seamstress
Donna O'Neal ... costumer: Ms. Basinger
Michael Tereschuk ... wardrobe cutter fitter
Marsha Bozeman ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Stephen Fischer ... assistant location manager
John Panzarella ... location manager
Leslie Thorson ... assistant location manager
Kenneth Hunter ... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Edward Mazurek ... assistant location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Bruce Botnick ... music scoring mixer
Kenneth Hall ... music editor
Malcolm McNab ... musician: trumpet solo
Paul Rabjohns ... music editor
Sally Boldt ... music editor (uncredited)
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Alexander Courage ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith ... conductor (uncredited) / score producer (uncredited)
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Case Schaeffer II ... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Nick Vidar ... music programmer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dave Amberik ... driver (as David W. Amberik)
Pete Bianco ... transportation captain
Richard M. Brasic ... driver
John Bush ... transportation co-captain
Rick Chouinard ... driver (as Richard Chouinard)
Reed Cohan ... driver
Vince De Amicis ... driver
Russ Della ... driver
Mark S. DeRosa ... transportation office coordinator
Keith Dillin ... transportation coordinator
Gino DiVitale ... driver
Sandra Freeman ... driver
Stephen Heinrich ... driver
Jerry Knight ... driver
Rochelle Mellon ... driver
Jan Ostermann ... driver (as Janet Osterman)
Miles Pierno ... driver
James Hooks Reynolds ... transportation co-captain
Olin Rushin ... driver
Patsy Rust ... driver (as Patsy L. Rust)
Chester Sohn ... driver
Brett Stach ... driver
Larry Stelling ... transportation co-captain
Charles Stepp ... driver
Steve Thompson ... driver
Dennis Yank ... driver
Kelly Yon ... driver
Dillin Craig ... picture car preparation (uncredited)
Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Wendy Altman-Cohen ... Principal Eyewear
Michael Battaglia ... unit publicist
John Baumhauer ... set production assistant
Shauna Beal ... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Kim Bodner ... production accountant
Hunter Cain ... set production assistant
Channa Paz Cajero ... set production assistant
Marila Chappelle ... post-production accountant
Bonnie Daniels ... production controller
Jessica Drake ... dialect coach: Mr. Crowe
Joe Durrenberger ... stand-in
Pablo Ferro ... title designer: main titles
Sara Flamm ... production secretary
Jim Flowers ... set production assistant
Dariea Garibaldi ... stand-in
Bradley L. Gordon ... accounting clerk
Lisa Grundy ... assistant: Curtis Hanson
David Guilbeau ... craft service (as Cajun)
Carolyn Hagan ... production office coordinator (as Carolyn Crittenden)
Mark D. Houston ... accounting clerk
Anthony E. Kountz ... set production assistant (as Tony Kountz)
Robert Lamkin ... chef: Michelson Food Services (as Bob Lamkin)
Patti McGuire ... assistant production coordinator
Cheryl McHugh ... payroll accountant
Susan Montgomery ... production accountant
Marie Nashold ... first aid (as Marie 'Ree' Hoke)
Connie Papineau ... script supervisor
Justin Petretti ... stand-in
Michele Platt ... assistant: Mr. Kolsrud
Rozzana Ramos ... assistant: Mr. Milchan (as Rozzana I. Ramos)
Thell Reed ... armorer
Sharron Reynolds ... script supervisor (as Sharron Reynolds-Enriquez)
Carlos Rodríguez ... sous chef: Michelson Food Services
Peter Schechtal ... sous chef: Michelson Food Services
Fred Scialla ... stand-in
Larry Stelling ... mechanic
Dallas Taylor ... office production assistant
Jill Tharp ... set production assistant
Kenny Vasquez ... set production assistant
Randy Walker ... police advisor: Call The Cops
Sam P. Whitehead ... stand-in (as Sam Whitehead)
Karen Yokomizo ... assistant accountant
Ted Yonenaka ... craft service
Doug Burch ... adr voice (uncredited)
Fred Fein ... stand-in (uncredited)
Stew Harty ... avid support staffer (uncredited)
Eric Kops ... publicist (uncredited)
Raul Moreno ... production assistant (uncredited)
Warren Smith ... production supervisor: re-shoots, Los Angeles (uncredited)
Mike Sudrow ... weapons handler (uncredited)
Michael Warwick ... research assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Debbie Herrera ... special thanks: Vista Group
Richard Neutra ... special thanks: The Lovell-Health House
Jack Vincennes ... dedicatee (as Sgt. Jack Vincennes)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Greg Bole

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Taglines Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush... See more »
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Also Known As
  • L.A. Confidencial (Portugal)
  • Поверително от Ел Ей (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Los Angeles interdite (Canada, French title)
  • L. A. zaupno (Slovenia)
  • Mahramane los angeles (Iran, Persian title)
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Runtime
  • 138 min
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Box Office

Budget $35,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,211,198, 21 Sep 1997
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $126,216,940

Did You Know?

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Trivia At the time the film takes place, no building in Los Angeles was allowed to be taller than City Hall, so the cameras were placed at certain points so that any building taller than City Hall would not be seen. See more »
Goofs In one shot, when Bud White is dangling the D.A. out the window, the actor's safety cable is visible. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Game/The End of Violence/L.A. Confidential/The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive See more »
Crazy Credits At the end of all the credits, there is a brief scene from "Badge of Honor" featuring a onscreen dedication in honor of Sgt. Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), who within the film had served as the "Hollywood cop" and advisor to the film. The scene shows a black-and-white closing moment of "Badge of Honor" with the credits inscribed as "Dedicated to Sgt. Jack Vincennes," as Badge of Honor actor (Matt McCoy) closes the door on the HOMICIDE office and walks sorrowfully away. See more »
Quotes Captain Dudley Smith: Have you a valediction, boyo?
Jack Vincennes: [gasping out a name] ... Rollo Tamasi.
[laughs, painfully, to himself as he dies]
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