L.A. Confidential script
Synopsis: Three policemen, each with his own motives and obsessions, tackle the corruption surrounding an unsolved murder at a downtown Los Angeles coffee shop in the early 1950s. Detective Lieutenant Exley (Guy Pearce), the son of a murdered detective, is out to avenge his father's killing. The ex-partner of Officer White (Russell Crowe), implicated in a scandal rooted out by Exley, was one of the victims. Sergeant Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) feeds classified information to a tabloid magnate (Danny DeVito).

INT. HUSH-HUSH MAGAZINE OFFICE - DAY

Lurid page one headlines cover the wall where SID

HUDGEONS types. The essence of sleaze, Sid is the

publisher-photographer-writer of Hush-Hush magazine and

keeper of inside dirt supreme. As he continues...

HUDGEONS (V.O.)

Remember, dear readers, you heard

it here first, off the record, on

the Q.T. and very Hush-Hush.

INT. HANCOCK PARK MANSION - BALLROOM - NIGHT

The party continues. The Mayor has moved off to the side

with the power brokers. Patchett is a presence.

MAYOR:

We're selling an image, gentlemen.

Beautiful weather. Affordable

housing.

(re:
model)

Trouble-free transportation. And

the best police department in the

world to keep it all running

smoothly.

EXT. STOREFRONT - NIGHT

A dozen people watch a display windoe TELEVISION as it

rolls the opening of the hit show "Badge of Honor." Over

familiar THEME MUSIC, "Sgt. Joe Reno" (actor BRETT CHASE)

walks the streets of Los Angeles.

CHASE (V.O.)

My name? Joe Reno. The city?

Los Angeles. A big town. Full of

all sorts of people. It's my job

to help them. I like what I do.

I'm a cop.

INT. HANCOCK PARK MANSION - BALLROOM - NIGHT

The Mayor continues.

MAYOR:

But with a second rate Al Capone

out there, L.A. looks like Chicago

in the '30s. Something has to be

done.

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Brian Helgeland

Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is most known for writing the screenplays for L.A. Confidential (for which he received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Mystic River, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Helgeland also wrote and directed 42 (2013), a biopic of Jackie Robinson, and Legend (2015), about the rise and fall of the Kray twins. more…

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