L.A. Confidential


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Lightsped
February 28, 2003, 01:17 AM
It has been recommended that I buy the L.A. Confidential DVD to cure my appetite for another good gun movie.

Has anyone here seen L.A. Confidential? If so, how are the gun scenes?

I would really like to find some more DVD movies with the gun scene quality of Heat.

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Archie
February 28, 2003, 01:38 AM
L. A. Confidential is a dark movie about the LAPD in the early 50s.

Good story, good acting.

And the answer to the riddle at the end is: "He got first pick."

Watch it.

CZ-75
February 28, 2003, 01:58 AM
It is the movie that should've won the Oscar for "Best Picture," had the Oscars been anything more than a popularity contest for best commercial success. "Titanic" swept, unfortunately.

The guns aren't much, really. A 1911 and some Remington pumps. A Det. Special here and there. M2 carbines used by the shooters to off the competition for Mickey Cohen's rackets.

More a movie to watch for plot and acting, plus the "costume drama" aspect of period clothes, cars, etc.

Mike Irwin
February 28, 2003, 03:01 AM
Quite frankly, it's an incredible movie. VERY tight story about cops in LA in the 1950s investigating corruption.

It very faithfully captures the feel of the 1950s Film Noir except for the fact that it's in color.

The gun fight scenes are VERY realistic in that they actually aim, are shown reloading, and don't have guns that fire 300 shots before requiring a reload.

Guns in the movie include:

Handguns -- Colt 1911s, Colt Detective Specials, a small-frame S&W, and the bad guy at the end appears to be carrying a Smith Military & Police. The bad guy also has a scene with, I believe, a Colt in either .32 or .380 ACP.

Shotguns -- I believe all the shotguns are actually Ithacas. They seem to all have the Ithaca bottom load, bottom ejection and the unique under-barrel stud that locks the barrel to the action. One of the bad guys MAY have a Winchester in the shoot-out at the end.

Submachine Gun -- You don't see it, but you hear it. Probably a Thompson.

No rifles that I can remember.

My only gripe is that the shotguns especially had little to no "recoil."

BamBam-31
February 28, 2003, 04:04 AM
Yup, excellent movie, although I'm not sure it'll cure your gun thirst the way "Blackhawk Down" or "Saving Private Ryan" would. Not that you'd notice when watching it, though.

Big_R
February 28, 2003, 05:21 AM
I think it's probably one of the best movies of all time.

Ryan

Kahr carrier
February 28, 2003, 06:37 AM
The last part at the Hotel was my favorite scene.:D

MK11
February 28, 2003, 10:52 AM
One of the few movies that's actually better than the book that inspired it.

buzz_knox
February 28, 2003, 11:11 AM
It's an excellent movie but not really a good movie. The firearms are part of the action, but the story is the focus.

Another good one is "Way of the Gun" naturally.

CZ-75
February 28, 2003, 11:27 AM
Submachine Gun -- You don't see it, but you hear it. Probably a Thompson.


Check as the shooters are coming in from across the pool to get the heroin.

Looks like M2 carbines.



The shotguns of the perps in the "Night Owl" killing were supposed to have use Remingtons.

Wasn't there a model 10 Remington that was bottom ejecting?

CZ-75
February 28, 2003, 11:28 AM
It's an excellent movie but not really a good movie.


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Mean a good GUN movie?

buzz_knox
February 28, 2003, 11:31 AM
Yeah. Don't "listen" to what I write. Listen to what I meant. ;)

Blasted hangover.

Mike Irwin
February 28, 2003, 12:14 PM
CZ,

My copy is out on loan right now, but I'm pretty sure that the police recovery people at the Night Owl say they've recovered 15 spent Remington Double Ought shells, not the shotguns themselves.

Later, when Vincennes and Exley get to the apartment and come across Bruning and Carlisle in the garage, the guns in the back seat of the "Maroon '49 Merc Coup" are Ithacas.

Mute
February 28, 2003, 12:43 PM
It is the movie that should've won the Oscar for "Best Picture," had the Oscars been anything more than a popularity contest for best commercial success. "Titanic" swept, unfortunately.

Thank you! My wife laughs at me because I still rant about that anytime anyone mentions either movie. As all the others said, great movie all the way around. Couldn't believe neither Russel Crowe nor Guy Pierce received Oscar nomiations.

Monkeyleg
February 28, 2003, 06:33 PM
I really enjoy the movie, but after repeated viewings Danny DeVito's narration becomes annoying for some reason. (Or is Danny DeVito just annoying?)

CZ-75
February 28, 2003, 06:48 PM
Couldn't believe neither Russel Crowe nor Guy Pierce received Oscar nomiations.


I couldn't believe Russel Crowe WON for "Gladiator." :barf:

Best part of that movie is the first 10 minutes.

Probably a consolation prize.

Russell Crowe is a little like Richard Burton, but without the vocabulary and only 2/3 the talent.

Topgun
February 28, 2003, 06:53 PM
No contradiction there. Ithaca shotguns will shoot Remington shells just fine.

Spackler
February 28, 2003, 07:53 PM
I couldn't believe Russel Crowe WON for "Gladiator."

Huh? I thought Gladiator was fantastic and I thought Crowe was fantastic in it. He was great in The Insider and LA Confidential as well. I think his Oscar was well-deserved.

Bahadur
February 28, 2003, 08:19 PM
I liked "Gladiator," but I don't think it was quite deserving of all the "artistic" accolades. As for Russell Crowe, I thought that his acting in "L.A. Confidential" and "The Insider" were much better.

In particular, his portrayal of a middle-aged man in "The Insider" was simply breath-taking.

I think that the "Gladiator" best actor award was a belated recognition.

Of course, what really helped "Gladiator" is the fact that the Academy really loves epic historical films with lots of extras.

Ol' Badger
February 28, 2003, 08:55 PM
Yea the best part is when they smuther Danny DeVito :D or maybe I dont like short people!

sixgun_symphony
February 28, 2003, 11:02 PM
Mike,

You missed the Colt Police Positive laying on the floor near the cash register of the cafe that was robbed.

CZ-75
February 28, 2003, 11:09 PM
Huh? I thought Gladiator was fantastic and I thought Crowe was fantastic in it. He was great in The Insider and LA Confidential as well. I think his Oscar was well-deserved.


To each, his own.

Historically inaccurate and mediocre storyline.

The first battle scene and subsequent gladiatorial combat are the only worthwhile parts.

Mike Irwin
March 1, 2003, 01:34 AM
Sixgun,

You're right!

Russ
March 1, 2003, 11:38 AM
Good flick. Russell Crowe is strong in this. He has done much better work than Gladiator. This was one of them. He should have received an Oscar for "A Beautiful Mind". Gladiator was an OK movie but Crowe is much better than what he played in that flick.

Topgun
March 1, 2003, 07:20 PM
who portrayed Rollo Tomassi.

;)

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