David Grad
October 10, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

L.A. Confidential

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
138 minutes
performer
Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, Ron Rifkin, David Strathairn
director
Curtis Hanson
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
James Ellroy, Brian Helgeland, Henry James, Rick Moody, Jane Smiley
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Confidential combines pop nuggets from the ’40s and ’50s with a healthy dose of West Coast ”cool” jazz to successfully re-create the mood of postwar L.A. Excellent period pieces, including Dean Martin’s ”The Christmas Blues” and Kay Starr’s ”Wheel of Fortune,” make this an essential purchase for any aspiring lounge lizard. B+

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