L.A. Confidential

Balonne Beacon - - TV GUIDE -

Sun­day, one, 9pm, MA15+ (1997)

Cur­tis Han­son’s in­ge­nious di­lu­tion of James Ell­roy’s com­plex crime novel fol­lows prin­ci­pals Guy Pearce, Rus­sell Crowe and Kevin Spacey, who play three early their 1950s LA cops of con­trast­ing per­son­al­ity em­broiled in a corruption scan­dal that threat­ens to ex­pose dark­est se­crets and de­sires. Dia­logue and edit­ing evoke the essence of film noir pro­duc­ing fully fleshed char­ac­ters and a seam­less nar­ra­tive – held to­gether by Danny DeVito’s hard-copy journo char­ac­ter – which un­der­pins the many twists and turns. Best of all, it’s lo­cal boys Pearce and Crowe who torch the screen. In­dulge.

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