R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
White encounters Stompanato at the Formosa restaurant. Established in 1938 and located at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Formosa Avenue in West Hollywood, is still in business and its interior is virtually unchanged. Photos on the restaurant's web site include some of the same angles seen in the film, along with the exact same celebrity photos arranged around the top of the walls.
Director Curtis Hanson noted that L.A. has many locations that date back to the period in this film but most of the classic homes and buildings have fallen to the city's never ending private development projects. Beyond this, there is so much film and television production going on in the area that many places, such as the old Spanish-style apartment buildings refuse to cooperate.
The Formosa, having been in continuous operation for 48 yeas by the time of filming, was one of the classic sites that retained the ambiance of bygone times. In preparation for this film, Hanson had the cast watch a number of classic L.A. film noir and suspense movies and he took them to such places as the Formosa. It was during their visit there that he told the cast that it would be one of the shooting locations.
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When Ed Exley kisses Lynn Bracken and guides her to the couch, his glasses or on. When Lynn Bracken takes him to the floor, his glasses are gone.
Characters from the movie were incorporated into period stock footage shown during the credits
In the Hong Kong television version, during the scene where Bud breaks into the interrogation room, the part where he removes all the bullets from the gun but one is removed for some reason. So it cuts straight from his coming into the room and then sticking the gun into the rapist's mouth without giving it a Russian roulette feel.
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