L.A. Confidential (1997) quotes

Director
Curtis Hanson.

Cast
Kevin Spacey.
Russell Crowe.
Guy Pearce.

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen – one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy – investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Have you a valediction, boyo?
Captain Dudley Smith
[gasping out a name] … Rollo Tamasi.
Jack Vincennes

I wouldn’t trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whiskey in Ireland.
– Captain Dudley Smith

Edmund, you’re a political animal. You have the eye for human weakness, but not the stomach.
Captain Dudley Smith
You’re wrong, sir.
Ed Exley
Would you be willing to plant corroborative evidence on a suspect you knew to be guilty, in order to ensure an indictment?
Captain Dudley Smith
Dudley, we’ve been over this.
Ed Exley
Yes or no, Edmund?
Captain Dudley Smith
No!
Ed Exley
Would you be willing to beat a confession out of a suspect you knew to be guilty?
Captain Dudley Smith
No.
Ed Exley
Would you be willing to shoot a hardened criminal in the back, in order to offset the chance that some… lawyer…
Captain Dudley Smith
No.
Ed Exley
Then, for the love of God, don’t be a detective. Stick to assignments where you don’t have…
Captain Dudley Smith
Dudley, I know you mean well, but I don’t need to do it the way you did. Or my father.
Ed Exley

I see Bud because I want to. I see Bud because he can’t hide the good inside of him. I see Bud because he treats me like Lynn Bracken and not some Veronica Lake look-alike who fucks for money.
– Lynn Bracken

Go back to Jersey, sonny. This is the City of the Angels, and you haven’t got any wings.
– Captain Dudley Smith

[last lines]
Some men get the world. Others get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona.
Lynn Bracken
[She kisses Exley on the cheek]
Bye.
Lynn Bracken
Bye.
Ed Exley

I’m the technical advisor. I teach Brett Chase how to walk and talk like a cop.
Jack Vincennes
Brett Chase doesn’t walk and talk like you.
Jack’s Dancing Partner
Well, that’s ’cause he’s the television version. America isn’t ready for the real me.
Jack Vincennes

The Nite Owl case made you. Do you want to tear all that down?
Bud White
With a wrecking ball… You want to help me swing it?
Ed Exley

You’re the first man in five years who didn’t tell me I look like Veronica Lake inside of a minute.
Lynn Bracken
You look better than Veronica Lake.
Bud White

You’ll do as I say, and ask no questions. Do you follow my drift?
Captain Dudley Smith
In technicolor, sir.
Bud White

I’d like to see you again.
Bud White
Are you asking me for a date, or an appointment?
Lynn Bracken
…I don’t know.
Bud White
Well, if you’re asking me for a date, I should know your first name.
Lynn Bracken
[embarrassed] Forget I asked. It was a mistake.
Bud White

You say “fuck” a lot.
Lynn Bracken
You fuck for money.
Bud White

Merry Christmas.
Bud White
Merry Christmas to you, officer.
Lynn Bracken
That obvious, huh?
Bud White
It’s practically stamped on your forehead.
Lynn Bracken

Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.
– Sid Hudgens