Hard-boiled, complicated crime drama based on James Ellroy's even more complex novel. Fifties Hollywood is ripe with corruption in many forms--politics, police, business, gangsters, racial tensions, and journalistic sleaze in the persona of Sid Hudgens (DeVito), editor of tabloid rag Hush-Hush. Sid's police contact is celebrity Sgt. Jack Vincennes (Spacey), who serves as an advisor to a TV cop show (think "Dragnet"). There's a bloodbath murder case that involves brutal-yet-tender cop Bud White (Crowe); the ruthlessly ambitious, college-educated neophyte Ed Exley (Pearce); and their veteran boss, Capt. Dudley Smith (Cromwell). There's also wealthy pimp/businessman Pierce Patchett (Strathairn) and his movie-star look-alike hookers, including world-weary Lynn (Basinger), who gets involved with Bud, who... Well, lets just say that Hanson does a masterful job tying up all the loose ends and still leaving you wanting more.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 136 minutes.
Oscars 1997: Adapt. Screenplay, Support. Actress (Basinger); Australian Film Inst. 1998: Foreign Film; British Acad. 1997: Film Editing, Sound; Golden Globes 1998: Support. Actress (Basinger); L.A. Film Critics 1997: Cinematog., Director (Hanson), Film, Screenplay; Natl. Bd. of Review 1997: Director (Hanson), Film; N.Y. Film Critics 1997: Director (Hanson), Film, Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1997: Director (Hanson), Film, Screenplay; Screen Actors Guild 1997: Support. Actress (Basinger); Writers Guild 1997: Adapt. Screenplay; Broadcast Film Critics 1997: Adapt. Screenplay, Film.
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