Director: Curtis Hanson Cast: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, David Strathairn, Ron Rifkin, Matt McCoy, Paul Guilfoyle, Sandra Taylor, Steve Rankin, Graham Beckel, Jeremiah Birkett, Amber Smith, Robert Barry Fleming, Salim Grant, Karr Washington, Allan Graf, Precious Chong, Simon Baker, Marisol Padilla Sánchez
Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kim Basinger); Best Adapted Screenplay (Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson)
Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Director (Curits Hanson); Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Original Dramatic Score
I First Saw In: 2015
Synopsis: As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen – one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy – investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Quotables: LYNN: There’s blood on your jacket. Is that an integral part of your job?
And now a Word from the Guise:
Holy hell, this movie is intense! I was not expecting that twist. The film tackles a wide array of police corruption from frame-ups to cover-ups and everything in between. It’s a really great story, and now I want to read the novels, The L.A. Quartet, by James Ellroy, which are loosely based on actual events. Definitely worth a watch a time or two.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233