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L.A. Confidential: Off the Record... (1998)

An inside look at the now classic film L.A. Confidential (1997), featuring interviews with writer/director Curtis Hanson, his co-writer Brian Helgeland sharing their challenges, concepts ... See full summary »


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Curtis Hanson ... Himself - Director / Co-Screenwriter
James Ellroy ... Himself - Novelist
David L. Wolper ... Himself - Executive Producer
Brian Helgeland ... Himself - Co-Screenwriter
Kim Basinger ... Herself / Lynn Bracken
Arnon Milchan ... Himself - Producer
Guy Pearce ... Himself - 'Ed Exley'
Russell Crowe ... Himself / Bud White
Kevin Spacey ... Himself / Jack Vincennes
Danny DeVito ... Himself - 'Sid Hudgens'


An inside look at the now classic film L.A. Confidential (1997), featuring interviews with writer/director Curtis Hanson, his co-writer Brian Helgeland sharing their challenges, concepts and developments on how to adapt James Ellroy's best seller novel to the screen; and it also includes interviews with Ellroy and the main cast. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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21 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Warner Home Video See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the Special Edition DVD for L.A. Confidential (1997). See more »


References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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One of the best of its kind
14 August 2013 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

The fun thing about this film is that it was one of the earliest experiences of behind the scenes documentaries to be made for DVD, far away from the polished and well-mannered comments and those annoying disclaimers warning that the studio isn't responsible or support any of the comments given in it. So, here you have traditional exposures made by "L.A. Confidential" director Curtis Hanson, cast and crew, but you also have the author of the novel in which the movie was based the great James Ellroy saying whatever comes to mind and without getting bleeped. Kind of shocking at first, but very fun after you get used to it.

Clear-cut like many of its genre, this documentary escapes from the fantastic and amazing behind the scene stories that sound and look phony sometimes and instead presents good and down to earth conversations on how the director assembled the team for his labor of work. Highpoint is a face to face recalling of events between Hanson and his screenwriter partner in this project Brian Helgeland. Fun moments appear when producer Arnon Milchan reveals his excitement for the movie claiming this was Regency's (his company) best film ever made, and the tape auditions from Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe at the time relatively unknown in Hollywood landing their first big breaks.

Never near of the spectacle of David Fincher movies when of its DVD's versions (since he carefully plans those materials before the movie hit the theaters!) but very enjoyable anyway. 10/10

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