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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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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 ...


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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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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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