A modern-day noir that pays loving homage to ‘40s detective films while giving it a distinctly modern sensibility, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL takes James Ellroy’s bestseller and adapts its labyrinthine plot into something more digestible yet no less complex and compelling. For their adaptation, Brian Helgeland and his co-writer Curtis Hanson (who also directed), won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and for her performance, Kim Basinger won Best Supporting Actress. Hard-hitting and ruthlessly intelligent, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL is neo-noir at its finest and the kind of mid-budget, adult-oriented film rarely seen anymore.
Brian Helgeland is a screenwriter and director best known for writing L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (Oscar win), MYSTIC RIVER (Oscar nom), and MAN ON FIRE, and writing/directing 42 and LEGEND.