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1997 American noir crime thriller set in 1953 Los Angeles. Based on a novel of the same name by James Ellroy.

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Why is Hudgens lying in wait at Bracken's place when Exley has sex with her?

Approximately 90 minutes into L.A. Confidential, Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) visits Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger) to find out why Pierce Morehouse Patchett (David Strathairn) has instructed her to carry on a ...
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What does "Confidential" in the movie title refer to?

L.A. Confidential (1997) movie plot is as follows: In Los Angeles, Captain Dudley Smith uses his crew to murder Dick Stensland and Buzz Meeks at the Night Owl coffee shop. He then wrongfully accuses ...
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How did Exley come to the conclusion that Dudley’s men planted guns at the suspect’s location?

After the fight between Exley and Bud White over Lynn Bracken had subsided in the records room, Exley shared his opinion with Bud White that Dudley had wrongfully accused three African American men as ...
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Why does Exley link Jack’s motive to the Night Owl events?

In the records room, after the brawl between Exley and Bud White over Lynn Bracken had settled down, Exley expresses his views to Bud White that three African American men were wrongly framed as Night ...
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Is Bud White being truthful when he says that Dick Stensland is pretending?

On Christmas night, Bud White met Lynn, Buzz Meeks, and Susan Lefferts, took bullets from Buzz’s firearm, and asked Dick Stensland about Buzz: Bud White: You know him? Dick Stensland: Yeah, I've seen ...
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Why is Jack upset suddenly in this scene?

In L.A Confidential (1997), Exley visited Miss Bracken, who works for Pierce Patchett’s Fleur-de-Lis service, to inquire about her meeting with Bud White. However, things took an unexpected turn when ...
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Why did Exley give a newspaper to Jones, out of all the suspects, before interrogating him?

Using the information provided by Leonard in exchange for reducing his brother’s sentence in L.A Confidential (1997), Jack and Exley visited the location of the Night Owl suspects and arrested all ...
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Why does the officer think Jack would claim their efforts at the suspect's house?

In L.A Confidential (1997), while facing temporary suspension as a technical advisor for the "Badge of Honor" show and working in Vice, Jack and Exley visit the suspect's house, where two of ...
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Why didn't Jack answer Leonard's question?

Officers Jack and Exley visit Leonard in L.A Confidential (1997), who is working out on a speed bag. They ask for his help in identifying suspects. Leonard agrees when Jack offers to reduce his ...
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Why did Pierce state his full name in this scene?

After coming to know that one of the victims from the Night Owl murders happened to be Lefferts in L.A Confidential (1997), Bud White recollected having seen Lefferts alongside Pierce on Christmas ...
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Why didn’t Bud White attack Exley for being sarcastic in this situation?

While Exley was standing at a distance in L.A Confidential (1997), Bud White found the body of his close friend and colleague Dick Stensland under a white sheet at the mortuary: EXLEY: Hell of a way ...
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Why did Bud White evade Pierce's question here?

In L.A Confidential (1997), Bud White discovered that one of the victims of the Night Owl murders was Lefferts, whom he had seen with Pierce on Christmas night. As a result, he traced Pierce’s address ...
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Why didn't Dudley answer Bud White's question here?

At the restaurant scene in L.A Confidential (1997), Dudley speaks to the suspended cop Bud White and reveals a police badge and gun in front of him: Dudley: They're yours. Go ahead, take them. ...
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What is "same sort of thing" referring to?

In L.A Confidential (1997), the officer and Jack, working under the direction of Lieutenant Exley, teamed up to investigate the Night Owl murder. They used a list of vehicles provided by the DMV to ...
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Why did Dick Stensland laugh in this segment?

One Christmas night in L.A Confidential (1997), Officer Bud White departs from a bar and notices a woman with a bandaged nose in the vicinity of a car. Approaching the vehicle, Bud confronts Buzz, a ...
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What punishment would Jack face if he did not cooperate with the Police Chief?

In L.A Confidential (1997), Detective Sergeant Jack is accused of hitting Ezekiel Garcia, but the Police Chief offers him a deal. In exchange for testifying against three officers, he will be ...
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What is the complete question that Smith is asking here?

In L.A Confidential (1997), Smith saw Edmund's top-ranking test results among 23 candidates. Wondering about Edmund's next move, Smith suggested options. Edmund chose the Detective Bureau, despite ...
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Why is Edmund being a young watch commander a good story lead?

In L.A Confidential (1997), before discussing the title for the story with Smith, a reporter had a conversation with Sgt Edmund and a photographer at the doorway of the party hall: Reporter: Aren't ...
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Why did Dick Stensland laugh in this scene?

During the night scene in L.A Confidential (1997), Officer Bud White and Dick Stensland are stationed in a car outside a residence, observing as a man inside physically assaults his spouse. In ...
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What does "Q" mean?

During the night scene in L.A Confidential (1997), Officer Bud White and Dick Stensland are stationed in a car outside a residence, observing as a man inside physically assaults his spouse: Dick ...
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Who is that guy Sid referring to?

While on the set of Badge of Honor in L.A. Confidential (1997), Sid engages in conversation with Jack, all the while fiddling with a $50 bill between his fingers and thumb. Suddenly, Jack snatches it ...
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Why didn't Dudley Smith fight with Edmund Exley at the end?

It looks to me as if Dudley Smith gave up at the very end of L.A. Confidential by throwing away his handgun. Why didn't he fight with Exley, who was weak and might not have pulled the trigger before ...
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Why did Jack Vincennes set up the three men in the Nite Owl case?

In L.A. Confidential when Ed Exley seeks Jack's help for investigating further into the Nite Owl's case, Jack refused. Then Exley said: Exley: Do you make the Negroes for the Nite Owl killings? Jack: ...
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Why did Sid give $50 to Jack for wrecking Reynolds's career?

In the neo noir crime film LA Confidential (1997), Sid meets officer Jack on the set of the Badge of Honor show: Sid: Reynolds is acey-deucey, not to mention broke. I'm getting him to fuck the DA ...
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How did Bud White survive a shot in the chest in L.A. Confidential?

In L.A. Confidential, an unsuspecting Bud White, while trying to aid Ed Exley, gets shot thrice by Dudley at the Victory Motel shootout. The Three Shots: Bud pushes Ed out of the way. Gets shot, ...
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Why does Bud White still investigate the Night Owl Murders even after he finds the perpetrators?

The perpetrators of the Night Owl murders in L.A. Confidential (1997) turned out to be three black people. Bud finds it so earlier but still Bud White hunts on, why so? I mean like visiting Lefferts’ ...
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Why did Lynn sleep with Ed in L. A. Confidential?

I could never underatand why Lynn slept with Ed Exley in L.A. Confidential if she had feelings for Bud and she also knew how much he hated Ed.
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Did Captain Dudley Smith kill Lieutenant Edmund Exley's father?

In the movie L.A. Confidential, Captain Dudley Smith (James Cromwell) introduces a newspaper reporter to Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce) and explains to the reporter "I was fortunate enough to be partnered ...
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Who slashed Matt Reynold's throat in LA Confidential?

In LA confidential, Sid Hudgens and Jack Vincennes set up this one kid, Matt Reynolds, to have sex with the district attorney so they can take pictures of the two of them. However, when Jack has a ...
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How does Ed Exley hear what's said outside the interview room?

At the end of L.A. Confidential, Ed Exley is in a (supposedly) sound-proof interview room, giving a statement to two detectives. He is observed by a group of others, including the chief of police and ...
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