L.A. Confidential, 1997

Director

Curtis Hanson

Cast

visit the film locations

Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Boardner’s, 1652 North Cherokee Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard (tel: 323.462.9621)

Formosa Cafe, 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard near La Brea Avenue (tel: 323.850.9050)

Bob's Frolic Room, 6245 Hollywood Boulevard (tel: 323.462.5890)


Trivia

L.A. Confidential uses classic Los Angeles locations, so It's hardly surprising that it shares its filming sites with plenty of other films.

The Formosa is featured in Frank Darabont’s The Majestic, with Jim Carrey as a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter.

Boardner’s is the bar in which the despondent cast read the reviews of their play in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. Cops Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett unwind here after work in Hollywood Homicide, and it’s the bar in which Nicolas Cage begins his descent into alcoholic oblivion in Mike Figgis’s Leaving Las Vegas.

The Crossroads of the World houses Demi Moore’s real estate office in Indecent Proposal.

And it's from outside the Frolic Room that ‘Shannon’ is stolen in Dominic Sena's 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, with Nicolas Cage, again, and Angelina Jolie.

L.A. Confidential location: Crossroads of the World, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

L.A. Confidential location: Sid Hudgens’ ‘Hush Hush’ office: Crossroads of the World, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

Along with Michael Mann’s Heat, Curtis Hanson’s thriller fifties-set thriller shows the city of Los Angeles at its most stylish. Although it’s a period piece, the film was shot almost entirely on real locations around the city.

Only the decrepit ‘Victory Motel’, site of the final shoot-out, is a purpose-built set, constructed among the ‘nodding donkey’ wells of the Baldwin Hills oilfields near Culver City.

The Badge of Honor TV show, for which Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) acts as advisor, is obviously based on Dragnet, and similarly uses LA City Hall on the LAPD badge as its logo. It’s out of City Hall that the cops operate. The familiar pyramid-topped highrise can be seen at 200 North Spring Street, downtown.

L.A. Confidential location: Crossroads of the World, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

L.A. Confidential location: Sid Hudgens’ ‘Hush Hush’ office: Crossroads of the World, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

The office of sleazy journo Sid Hudgens (Danny DeVito) beneath the illuminated spire and revolving globe of the Crossroads of the World, 6671 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, a glorious thirties shopping mall designed as an ocean liner, complete with portholes, was the workplace of Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal.

L.A. Confidential location: Gramercy Place at Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

L.A. Confidential location: The movie premiere pot bust: Gramercy Place at Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hudgens sets up the ‘movie premiere pot bust’ on a bungalow at 1714 Gramercy Place, west of Western Avenue just off Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. The impressive-looking ‘El Cortez’ theater, where When Worlds Collide is premiering, is fictitious. An illuminated marquee was built onto the front of the imposing, but abandoned, bank building at 5620 Hollywood Boulevard.

LA Confidential location: Boardner's Bar, Hollywood

L.A. Confidential location: Bud White gets back his badge and gun: Boardner’s Bar, North Cherokee Avenue, Hollywood

Also in Hollywood is the bar where Captain Smith (James Cromwell) gives Bud White (Russell Crowe) his gun and badge back: Boardner’s, 1652 North Cherokee Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard (seen in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, Hollywood Homicide, with Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett and Leaving Las Vegas, with Nicolas Cage). Boardner’s a great little bar with a fascinating history back to the 30s – and it’s my favourite bar in Hollywood.

L.A. Confidential location: Lovell Health House, Los Feliz, Los Angeles

L.A. Confidential location: Bud sees Lynn Bracken at the liquor store: Ramon’s Cane Shop, South Cochran Avenue, Los Angeles

To the south, in the Midtown district, is ‘Nick’s Liquor Store’ where Bud White first sees Veronica Lake look-alike Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger), which is Ramon’s Cane Shop, 1277 South Cochran Avenue, south of South San Vicentre Boulevard. That’s Cochran Avenue Baptist Church in the backgeound, and the ‘side street’, in which the car of Pierce Patchett (David Strathairn) is parked, is simply the entrance to a car park.

The ‘Nite Owl Cafe’, site of the massacre, is in downtown Los Angeles: the J&J Sandwich Shop, 119 East 6th Street, opposite the Pacific Electric Building, 610 South Main Street, where Bud White dangles the terrified DA from a window.

L.A. Confidential location: Lovell Health House, Los Feliz, Los Angeles

L.A. Confidential location: The stylish home of pimp Pierce Patchett: Lovell Health House, Los Feliz, Los Angeles

The terraced home of Bracken’s high-class pimp Pierce Patchett is Richard Neutra’s 1929 Lovell House. Neutra’s masterpiece was built for vegetarian health freak Lovell (it’s known as the Lovell Health House). It’s a private residence, 4616 Dundee Drive, Los Feliz, below the Griffith Observatory, which you can see on the skyline in the movie.

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