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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
six . One of the six corpses is Dick Stensland, which of course sends Bud White into vengeance mode. Stay tuned for part two of this quiz!
|Exley is the first detective to arrive at the diner where multiple murders have taken place. Where in the restaurant does Exley find the primary amassment of corpses?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
in the men's room. One body is behind the counter. The other five are in a pile in the men's room.
|The violent crime that sets most of the plot of this film into motion takes place at a diner. The name of this establishment contains a reference to a particular kind of bird. Which one?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
owl. The multiple murders at the Nite Owl really get the ball rolling, in terms of plot.
|Jack Vincennes is the character who actually lets us know, via dialogue, exactly what year it is during which the events of this film take place. In what year is "L.A. Confidential" set?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
1953. Once Jack is informed of a case involving a pornography ring he will now be responsible for investigating, he sarcastically dismisses the case as "the great jerk-off case of 1953." That's the only overt reference to the year that we get in the film, I believe.
|As part of his punishment for his involvement in the "Bloody Christmas" event, Jack Vincennes is transferred to a particular department of the LAPD. Which one?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
Vice. Jack is usually a Narcotics officer, but he is "demoted" to Vice as part of his reprimand.
Wendell. Captain Dudley Smith calls Bud by his real name throughout the film, as does Johnny Stompanato (Paolo Seganti) during their one scene together.
30. Edmund's father Preston, we're told, didn't make the Detective Bureau until he was 33.
|Bud White initially tries to break up the impending fight between the prisoners and the cops on Christmas Eve. Something happens, though, that makes him actually start the fight himself. What is it?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
One of the prisoners insults Bud's mother.. I can't reprint the exact words in this venue, but one of the prisoners said something very unflattering about Bud's mother. At that point, Bud went berserk, and a near-riot broke out. (Vincennes was the one who only threw a punch because blood got on his shirt, by the way.)
|Fairly early in the film, a bloody brawl breaks out between a group of prisoners and a number of LAPD officers on Christmas Eve. Of what race or nationality were the prisoners in question?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
Mexican. The fight between the Mexican prisoners and the cops is eventually referred to by the press as "Bloody Christmas."
|Vincennes happens upon a mysterious black business card advertising a company called Fleur-de-Lis. What is the motto of this company, according to both the business card's text and the dialogue of the woman who answers Fleur-de-Lis' phone when Vincennes calls the number?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
Whatever You Desire. The French term "Fleur-de-lis" does in fact mean "flower of the lily," but the motto of the shady service run by Pierce Patchett is "whatever you desire."
|When Vincennes first arrests actor Matt Reynolds (Simon Baker), a movie premiere is visible in the far background as Sid Hudgens takes pictures for his magazine. What movie is premiering at the (fictional) St. Cortez Theater?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
When Worlds Collide. Clearly visible on the enormous marquee, even a full block away.
|Bud White makes light work of a bodyguard named Leland Meeks (Darrell Sandeen) early in the film. What, according to Meeks' own dialogue, is his nickname?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
Buzz. Late in the film, we learn that Buzz Meeks and Dick Stensland were once partners on the LAPD...and they were both dirty cops.
Preston. Exley, we're told, became a cop primarily to live up to his father's example...and avenge his death.
|Jack Vincennes and Sid Hudgens have a business relationship -- Sid gives Jack tips on illegal activities of Hollywood celebrities, and Jack gives Sid the exclusive stories for his magazine. How much does Jack generally get for his "services" to Sid?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
$50. In one pivotal scene, Jack stares at the fifty-dollar bill he has received for his involvement in the situation that results in the murder of a young actor named Matt Reynolds. Guilt-ridden, he winds up leaving the fifty on the bar.
|A real-life gangster is referred to several times -- and even appears (played by an actor, of course) -- during this film. Which one?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
Mickey Cohen. Paul Guilfoyle -- a character actor who can be seen as Captain Jim Brass on the TV series "CSI" -- briefly plays Cohen in the film.
|Jack Vincennes is the technical consultant for a popular television show that is clearly based on the real TV show "Dragnet." What is this show called in the film?||"L.A. Confidential," Part I of II
"Badge of Honor". We hear the title "Badge of Honor" mentioned several times throughout the film.
Sid Hudgens (Danny DeVito). Sid's ironic voice-over accompanies the opening montage of photographs of Los Angeles. "Come to Los Angeles!" is his first line.
None of these. Since White was shot through the cheek in the climactic gunfight, it's clear in this final scene -- thanks to the painful-looking bandaging of his face -- that he's entirely incapable of speech. White therefore doesn't say a single word. (Lynn is the one who makes the "Some men get the world" comment.)
|In her final scene, Lynn Bracken's appearance is different from her appearances throughout the rest of the film. What's different in this last scene?||"L.A. Confidential," Part II of II
She has cut her hair.. The long, Veronica Lake-like locks have been hacked off, leaving Lynn looking more than a little like Marilyn Monroe, oddly enough. The idea seems to be that she no longer needs to look like Lake, the movie star whom Patchett trained her to emulate.
|The final showdown of this film takes place at the very motel where Officer White -- on the orders of Captain Smith -- has been performing some less-than-legal "muscle work" on suspected criminals. What is the name of this motel?||"L.A. Confidential," Part II of II
Victory Motel. The sign for the Victory Motel is clearly visible at many times throughout the film, and it's mentioned in dialogue more than once.
Dudley Smith. This is the moment when we learn that Captain Smith is the real bad guy -- he kills Vincennes with a single shot to the heart (in Smith's own kitchen!) just seconds after Vincennes makes it clear that he's stumbled across some dirty cops in the precinct.
|Pierce Patchett's death is staged to look like a suicide. Exley and White realize almost immediately, though, that Patchett was murdered. How do they know it wasn't suicide?||"L.A. Confidential," Part II of II
Two of Patchett's fingers are broken.. Patchett's wrists have been slashed...but, since two of Patchett's fingers are broken, White immediately deduces that Patchett was forced into submission and had his wrists slit by someone else entirely.
4 . When Vincennes pays a late-night visit to Smith, the captain mentions that his wife and four daughters are in Santa Barbara for the weekend.
|Exley admits to Vincennes that he has made up a fictional name for the unidentified man who, years ago, killed his (Exley's) father and got away scot free. What are the initials of this killer, according to the completely made-up name that Exley has assigned him?||"L.A. Confidential," Part II of II
R. T.. Exley calls this man "Rollo Tomasi."
|After White and Lynn Bracken start seeing each other socially, we are shown a brief scene in which the couple attend a movie. What movie are they seeing?||"L.A. Confidential," Part II of II
Roman Holiday. Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are clearly seen gallivanting about the streets of Rome on the big screen as Bud and Lynn giggle and share popcorn.
Arizona. After White discovers, in Lynn's residence, a small embroidered pillow with the word "Arizona" on it, Lynn explains that Arizona is her home state. (Kim Basinger, the actress who plays Lynn, is from Georgia.)
|The intellectual, straight-arrow Edmund Exley surprisingly earns the nickname "Shotgun Ed" after he abruptly thwarts the escape of a prisoner by killing him with a shotgun blast "sneaked" into the almost-closed door of an elevator car. Who first gives Exley the nickname "Shotgun Ed"?||"L.A. Confidential," Part II of II
Captain Dudley Smith (James Cromwell). After Exley kills the fleeing prisoner, Smith says, with some amusement, "Who'd have guessed it? Shotgun Ed."
|Despite some masterful, manipulative interrogation by Lt. Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce), the three young men suspected of felonious activity at a local diner are not answering questions quickly enough or thoroughly enough to satisfy Officer White. He bursts into the interrogation room, removes all but one of the six bullets from his revolver, and proceeds to force one of the prisoners into a rather one-sided game of "Russian Roulette" in order to get the answers he wants.
How many times does White actually pull the trigger of his gun while its barrel is firmly planted in the terrified suspect's mouth?||"L.A. Confidential," Part II of II
3. White cocks the gun and pulls the trigger three times. It didn't look as though White pulled a fast one by removing all six bullets, either, which means that any one of those three pulls of the trigger could have killed the suspect, in full view of the squad room!
|When White first visits the home of prostitute Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger), he interrupts a "session" that she is having with a "client." White recognizes this client right away. What civil service position does this man apparently hold?||"L.A. Confidential," Part II of II
Councilman. The unnamed city councilman tries to play it tough when White tells him to vacate the premises, but White threatens to call the man's wife if he doesn't scram. On his way out, the man calls White "Officer." White replies with, "Councilman."
Morehouse. At one point in his exasperating conversation with Patchett, White mutters, "Jesus H. Christ." Patchett "corrects" White with a huge dollop of sarcasm by saying, "No -- Pierce Morehouse Patchett."
|Patchett eventually admits to White that he runs a prostitution ring, and that most of the women who work for him look like famous movie stars, either through luck or surgical alteration. Who is NOT one of the actresses he lists as a template for one of his employees?||"L.A. Confidential," Part II of II
Brigitte Bardot. Patchett states that he "has" look-alikes of (Ava) Gardner, (Rosalind -- or does he mean Jean?) Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, and Veronica Lake. Bardot is never mentioned in this scene.