La Confidential

La Confidential (1997)

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Corrected entry: When Bud visits Lynn (The scene where he punches her), as he walks up to her house, you can see a sunny area behind him, even though it is raining heavily.

Correction: Rain and sunshine may happen at the same time.

Corrected entry: License plate numbers are incorrect. In the 1950s, there were 5 digit plates, but in the film, there are 6 or 7, like nowadays. (00:37:40)

Correction: Six-digit license plates were used in California as early as 1917, and were used regularly throughout the 1930's and 1940's. The scheme shown on the cars in the 1952-based movie is consistent with the usage at the time. See for examples.


Corrected entry: In the final shoot-out, Officer White advises Detective Exley that he is going under the building by pointing to a square open hole in the floor. The first shot of the hole shows it is clear with nothing blocking it; when White walks over to it there is now a board covering the hole that he has to kick through to break it.

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Correction: The shot of the hole shows two openings with a board between them. The angle of the shot makes the hole in the foreground look larger than the hole in the back.

Corrected entry: When Kevin Spacey goes looking for the maroon Mercury Coupe, he drives up to the house where it is and the garage doors are closed. When he sneaks up one of the doors is open.

Correction: In the time it takes Exley and Vincennes to get out of their car, check out another car (which belongs to the other cops) and get to the back of the house, by circling it from the other side, the other detectives have just gotten there and are planting evidence. The door is now open signaling the dirty cops had just arrived.

Corrected entry: When Kevin Spacey is alone in the bar looking at the $50 bill (quite a close up), it's a bill dated from the 80's or 90's. (01:12:55)

Correction: This is incorrect. On the blu ray edition, you can see "series of 1934" printed in the upper left corner of the bill in the close up shot.

Corrected entry: When Bud White meets Buzz Meeks he rips his (Meeks') wallet from his hip pocket. Later, when he finds Meeks' dead body he retrieves the wallet from the inside pocket of Meeks' suitcoat. Plausible, but unlikely that Meeks changed his habit.

Correction: If it's plausible, then it's possible, and therefore not a mistake.

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Corrected entry: The 1952-set movie is based around the premiere of the classic sci-fi movie, When Worlds Collide. Which is fine, except that the movie premiered in 1951.

Correction: The film it was based around the release of was released in 1951. It was premiered as Matt and the girl were arrested for possesion, and then later in the film Matt is out of prison, making it likely that the year would be 1952. thus making the date the film was set correct.

Matt Tyrrell

Corrected entry: When Bud is talking to Lynn about Susan Lefferts, Lynn says something to the effect that Susan "came on a bus with dreams of Hollywood, and this is how they turned out." But Bud later visits Susan Lefferts's mother, who lives in Elysian Park. That leaves three possibilities: One, Susan's mother originally lived somewhere other than Hollywood, and then moved there at some point. Two, Susan lived with someone other than her mother before coming to Hollywood. Three, the bus Lynn was referring to was a city bus - which would have travelled about six miles.


Correction: Lynn is using a cliché. "Arriving on the bus" is still used for hopeful actors arriving in Hollywood, and even for political hopefuls to some extent. The mayor even uses it, and Bud turns it around on him later.

Grumpy Scot

Factual error: In the scene where Lt. Exley arrives at the Night Owl after the murder, the patrol officer is wearing a Safariland velcro-fastened handcuff case on his left hip. That style of rounded cuff case was not introduced until the early to mid 70s.

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Trivia: Kim Basinger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lynn Bracken, even though she's only in the film for 15 minutes.

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Question: Ed Exley recommends that the LAPD shift the blame for Bloody Christmas to men whose pensions are secured, and he names Bud White and Richard Stensland as two such men. But when Dudley Smith later tells Bud White that Stensland has been forced to retire, White says "A year from his pension!" So was Stensland entitled to a pension or not?

Answer: Exley is suggesting two things: to shift some blame to three officers with secured pensions and forcing them to retire; when he refers to White and Stensland though, he is saying "someone has to swing" and that they should be charged, tried and imprisoned - so Stensland is not entitled to a pension.

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