Buzz White survives Confidential along with Exley, and White does go off to Arizona, but Smith still lives and rides high. The movie also documents a specific time when the world of police work edged into show business. Danny DeVito, although hardly stretching himself, is similarly suited to the role of Sid Hudgeons, sleazy tabloid editor. Death, double-crossing, and secret alliances. Russell Crowe as tough guy but sentimental towards women Bud White is flawless and is quite like the real Russell Crowe which is scary.
However the film really belongs to Guy Pearce's Ed Exley who is the by the book character everyone loves to hate. Hanson's genius is to shorten the story, eliminating Nowhere entirely, and bringing Dudley his retribution without Dave Klein being involved. Although the Nite Owl crime initially looks like a botched robbery, Exley and White individually investigate it to discover indications of corruption all around them. When Vincennes approaches Smith with the evidence he has found with Exley, Smith realizes his scheme to take over Mickey Cohen's heroin empire is threatened. Photos © Copyright Warner Bros.
Laden with vicious homicide, numerous subplots and multiple characters, it depicts deep police-force corruption and entrenched brutality in law-enforcement. There are jobs aplenty, and land is cheap. And obviously Goodfellas is in first, this crime epic is must see. Bassinger won an Oscar for her role as a Veronica Lake look-a-like prostitute name Lynn. Bud White is a tough, prone to violent veteran who bends the rules to dispense his own justice. So why all the Academy Award nominations? He described a visit to a house of prostitution called Mae's, where the madam dressed as Mae West and her girls imitated the likes of Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers and others.
Advertisement Vincennes will be one of the film's protagonists. While he follows his father into the same profession, his goals are unique; to uphold the law without having to bend or break it. Confidential's loss to Titanic in the Best Picture race is that none of the three lead actors even garnered nominations. These are just some of the elements that make Curtis Hanson's L. Los Angeles is a place of shady dealings and police corruption.
And yet, while he does make us question whether he is going to end up on the side of good or evil by the end of the film uncertain, we do empathize enough with him to hope that he does redeem himself by the end. The hard-boiled detective story angle is brought to life so beautifully, mostly because Jeannine Claudia Oppewall's production design recreates the dark underside of the 50s to such perfection that not even a Coke bottle label is missed. Confidential was a treat as far as storytelling goes because it enthrals you into the film straight away as well as it being more exciting than a night out in Vegas. All of these guys have a lot of fun with their roles, and do an excellent job. It would be unfair for me to even hint at some of the directions the story takes. He's killed in cold blood a rapist and drug dealer and planted a gun on him and gotten away with it, but we've seen him look disgusted at some violence he's forced to witness later in the film.
A Confidential has stood up to the test of time brilliantly. I can't find a negative thing to say about this film. James Cromwell is the most chilled out villain you'll ever going to see in a film like this and has been criminally ignored by the Academy. Does she have another motive? Overriding that, finally, is the film's complete command of its material. Guy Pearce was one big surprise in the movie not because he played the leading role of the movie, but for his courage and wisdom, and most important of all, his slightly pride that caused admiration accompanied by hostility at the same time.
One of the film's backers, Peter Dennett, was worried about the lack of established stars in the lead roles. These are complex characters in a complex tale. Hell of a last supper, don't you think? Whereas White is smarter than you think he is, Exley is braver than expected. These three men, so different, will have to join forces when they discover their respective cases, which involve corruption, drugs, prostitution and various murders, are all linked to the Nite Owl massacre. The disc has identical technical specifications and Bonus Features as the previous Warner Blu-ray. Confidential as the year's best film. But the most extraordinary work by far comes from the two main leads: Russell Crowe - wonderful in Proof - and Guy 'Mike from Neighbours' Pearce - entertaining in The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert.
The plot is slightly complex although maybe not by the genre's standards and it isn't simplified for the audiences sake it respects the audience enough to trust us to keep up with it's pace. By the end of the story they've been through fire together and emerged on the other side having each earned the other man's respect and trust. It's worth noting that both actors have perfected their American accents to the point where it's virtually impossible to detect a down under twang. It's so involved that the acting had to be stellar if this film was going to work and none of the stars disappoint. In the movie it's preposterous. Director Hanson's convoluted plot -- tracing the rise, fall, and redemption of L. He's smart enough to recognize a clue when he sees it and he possesses good instincts.
The movie condenses the book down from years to days but all of the great characters and sleazy mystery is still intact. Hot-tempered Bud White Russell Crowe knows he's not smart, but he has an elemental anger towards lawbreakers -- especially those who abuse women and children -- and a fierce loyalty to the department. Hanson showed him a series of postwar postcards of sunny and glamorous Los Angeles that sold the dream, followed by lurid period crime photos, including some of movie star scandals, that showed the reality beneath the glitzy facade. Sergeant Vincennes Kevin Spacey feeds classified information to a tabloid magnate Danny DeVito. If you are a fan of crime-drama and detective stories, you won't be disappointed! But I liked how honest he became about himself.