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).

As Pierce Patchett nods sagely.

INT. OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM - NIGHT

Wrestler GORGEOUS GEORGE primps and poses before flatten-

ing an opponent with a drop kick.

INT. MOVIE THEATER - NIGHT

An enthusiastic crowd adjusts their 3-D glasses.

EXT. COHEN MANSION (BEVERLY HILLS) - DAY

In monogrammed silk pajamas, Mickey Cohen answers the

door, his pet BULLDOG Mickey Jr. at his feet. The police

are waiting. REPORTERS' flashbulbs pop.

POLICE OFFICER:

Mr. Cohen, you're under arrest.

COHEN:

Bullshit. What's the charge?

POLICE OFFICER:

Non-payment of federal income tax.

COHEN:

Bullshit.

EXT. GRAUMAN'S CHINESE - DAY

JOHN WAYNE gets his hand prints in the sidewalk.

EXT. WESTCHESTER BEAN FIELD - DAY

MIGRANT WORKERS hurry to finish the harvest. We PAN

TO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS who wait impatiently with bull-

dozers under a "Spirit of the Future" BANNER. As the

last picker leaves the field, the bulldozers move in,

leveling the bean rows to make way for a housing tract.

EXT. FEDERAL COURTHOUSE - STEPS - DAY

Flashbulbs pop as Mickey Cohen exits and starts down

the steps. Accompanied by his LAWYERS, bodyguard

Stompanato and mob lieutenants DEUCE PERKINS and NATE

JANKLOW, Cohen ignores REPORTERS' shouts.

REPORTER:

How's your bullshit now, Mickey?!

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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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