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She did it because Patchett (her employer) told her to. She was, after all, a high class prostitute. Moreover, various conspirators wanted to get some dirt on Exley do derail his investigation into the Nite (or was it Night?) Owl killings. The photos taken during their tryst were clearly used later to enrage White and encourage him to try to kill Exley. And ...


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Well, I don't have proof for this and haven't thought as much about it as you did. I always just took it as a lucky guess and a nice fitting scene, even if not perfectly realistic. You're right in that he couldn't hear it, I think. Exley surely knows that the DA/police/government don't want to tell the truth to the people, regarding the involvement of ...


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I've looked in a book I read long ago, by John Truby, called The Anatomy of Story. He dissects the scenes from LA Confidential (and many other great movies) and points this out: Scene 63/90: "Rolo Tomasi" was the name given to the man who killed Ed's father, Preston Exley. It's why Ed became a cop. Scene 73/90: When the Captain shoots Jack, Jack's last ...


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Can we include the book the movie was adapted from as evidence? If no then: Ole Dudley is a good candidate, especially if Preston was as straight as his son Edmund. If yes then: It is unlikely that Dudley did dispatch Preston (Edmund's father) as he took his own life in the book and it was the brother, Thomas brother who was killed by an unknown thief. ...


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First of all, Sid worked for Cpt. Dudley Smith and this setup was ultimately done for him, in order to give his dark schemes some backing from DA Loew. The dialogue during Bud's and Exley's "interrogation" of the DA makes this clear, and it also gives the reason why Matt ultimately had to die: Loew: Dudley Smith is a highly decorate officer of this city'...


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I think it is more than a lucky guess, and Exley is definitely not able to hear their conversation. The moment is his final step in learning to play the system efficiently. He knows how interrogations work and who is likely to be listening in. He knows what has happened and, being the cleverest among the characters, the optimal resolution. The moment is ...


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Your core assumption is wrong: The perpetrators of the Night Owl murders in L.A. Confidential (1997) turned out to be three black people. Nope. At the point—when Bud White is goes out to investigate the murders—the cops are explicitly being given details on suspects in the case and they are described as “Three Negro Juveniles” who were seen ...


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If you recall at the beginning of the film where Exley is introduced, he has a conversation with Captain Smith. They are discussing Exley's finishing first in the Lieutenant's test. When asked what section of the police department he (Exley) would like to join, Exley states he wants to be in the detective squad. This is followed by a comment by Dudley Smith ...


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There is nothing at all in the movie that suggests that Dudley was the killer. In fact the story that Exley tells in the movie strongly suggests that his father's death was a random murder by some unknown thief. That's why he invents the name Rolo Tomasi, to personify the unknown assailant. Nothing in the story suggests it was related to police corruption; ...



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