Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
United States of America
Russell Crowe (Bud White), Kevin Spacey (Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes), Guy Pearce (Det. Lt. Edmund Jennings "Ed" Exley), Kim Basinger (Lynn Bracken), James Cromwell (Cap. Dudley Liam Smith), Danny DeVito (Sid Hudgens), David Strathairn (Pierce Patchett) more..., Ron Rifkin (D.A. Ellis Loew), Matt McCoy ('Badge of Honor' Star Brett Chase), Paul Guilfoyle (Mickey Cohen), Paolo Seganti (Johnny Stompanato), Elisabeth Granli (Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner), Sandra Taylor (Mickey Cohen's Mambo Partner), Steve Rankin (Officer Arresting Mickey Cohen), Simon Baker (Matt Reynolds), Allan Graf (Wife Beater), Bob Clendenin (Reporter at Hollywood Station), Lennie Loftin (Photographer at Hollywood Station), Will Zahrn (Liquor Store Owner), Amber Smith (Susan Lefferts), Darrell Sandeen (Buzz Meeks), Thomas Rosales Jr. (First Mexican), Brian Lally (Officer / Detective at Hollywood Station), John Mahon (Police Chief), Tomas Arana (Breuning - Dudley's Guy), Michael McCleery (Carlisle - Dudley's Guy), Jack Conley (Vice Captain), Jack Knight (Detective at Detective Bureau), Gene Wolande (Forensic Chief), Michael Chieffo (Coroner), Ingo Neuhaus (Jack's Rejected Partner), Jeremiah Birkett (Ray Collins - Nite Owl Suspect), Marisol Padilla Sánchez (Inez Soto - Rape Victim), Steven Lambert (Roland Navarette), Jordan Marder (Officer at Detective Bureau), Rebecca Klingler (Police File Clerk), Irene Roseen (D.A. Ellis Loew's Secretary), David St. James (Detective at Hush-Hush Office), Jeff Austin (Detective), Brenda Bakke (Lana Turner) and others.
Curtis Hanson (Screenplay), Curtis Hanson (Producer), Arnon Milchan (Producer), Mali Finn (Casting), Jerry Goldsmith (Original Music Composer), Jerry Goldsmith (Conductor), David L. Wolper (Executive Producer) more..., Richard Stutsman (Special Effects Coordinator), Jay Hart (Set Decoration), Brian Helgeland (Screenplay), Brian Helgeland (Co-Producer), Bob Beher (Foley Editor), Peter Honess (Editor), Randy Berrett (Grip), Jeannine Oppewall (Production Design), Dan Kolsrud (Executive Producer), Robert Deschaine (ADR Mixer), Tami Treadwell (ADR Recordist), Kenneth Hall (Music Editor), Dante Spinotti (Director of Photography), James Ellroy (Novel), Denise Horta (ADR Editor), Michael G. Nathanson (Producer), Ruth Myers (Costume Design), William Arnold (Art Direction), J. Michael Muro (Steadicam Operator), Emily Schweber (Casting Associate), Mildred Iatrou (Dialogue Editor), Charleen Richards (ADR Mixer), Beth Jochem Besterveld (First Assistant Editor), John Panzarella (Location Manager), Rick Avery (Stunts), Lance Anderson (Makeup Artist), Kimberly Ellen Lowe (Dialogue Editor), Arthur Morton (Orchestrator), Carole Henderson Harrington (Assistant Editor), David Orr (Color Timer), Jeff Imada (Stunt Coordinator), Barbara Harris (ADR Voice Casting), Bob Herron (Stunts) and others.
Regency Enterprises, Wolper Organization, Warner Bros. Pictures
Ed Exley is doing something smart, he thinks. But it turns out that he is talking to the real Lana Turner.
Jack Vincennes stages a photo call on the street.