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: Bob's Frolic Room, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

L.A. Confidential location: Jack Vincennes stops off for a drink: Bob’s Frolic Room, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

The house where the prostitute is being held, supposedly ‘Avalon Street’, in South Central, was on Avenue 28 in the Lincoln Heights district. Vincennes and Exley (Guy Pearce) pump boxer Leonard Bidwell for info with a bogus promise at Bellevue and Marion, in the Echo Park district, opposite Bob’s Market, seen in The Fast and the Furious.

Before deciding to check on the actor-cum-hustler, Jack Vincennes downs a drink at Bob’s Frolic Room, 6245 Hollywood Boulevard, a surviving thirties neon-fronted bar alongside the Pantages Theater. The walls are decorated with Al Hirschfield cartoons, and it’s got a great jukebox.

L.A. Confidential location: Hollywood Center Motel, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

L.A. Confidential location: Jack Vincennes finds the body of the murdered actor: Hollywood Center Motel, Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

He subsequently finds the body of the murdered actor Matt Reynolds (Simon Baker) in room 203 of the Hollywood Center Motel, 6720 Sunset Boulevard, an original 20s motel, enlarged in the 1950s.

The other Hollywood bar, festooned with celebrity photos, where White and Exley hassle Johnny Stompanato and the ‘real’ Lana Turner, is also a famous landmark, the Formosa Cafe, 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard at Formosa Avenue. This bar and Thai restaurant – based around an old railroad car – was a regular hangout for the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, among others. And it’s still going strong, just over the road from the old Goldwyn Studios, known as ‘The Lot’.

L.A. Confidential location: Formosa Cafe, Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

L.A. Confidential location: Oops! – that's the ‘real’ Lana Turner: Formosa Cafe, Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles

Stompanato, by the way, was the underworld hood stabbed to death in the bedroom of Turner’s Beverly Hills mansion in 1958 – allegedly by her daughter Cheryl Crane. You can see the Formosa in Frank Darabont’s Hollywood blacklist drama The Majestic, with Jim Carrey.

Mrs Leffert’s house, where a body is found in the crawl space, is in Elysian Park, while Lynn Bracken’s 1927 house is on Wilcox Avenue, next to the Wilshire Country Club in the Rossmore district of Hollywood.

Navarette’s hide-out, supposedly on Downtown’s now-redeveloped ‘Bunker Hill’, was filmed on San Marino Street near the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Hoover Street, west of Macarthur Park.

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