Warner Bros.' and Regency Enterprises' Lauded L.A. Confidential Widens

February 3, 1998

Distribution by 800 Screens Picture has Earned Record-Setting 10 Critics Groups' Awards for Best Picture

"L.A. Confidential," Warner Bros.' and Regency Enterprises' critically hailed crime epic, which continues to garner awards from critics' groups and reviewers, will widen its current screen count by 800 additional theaters on Feb. 13.

The film, which has thus far been named Best Picture of 1997 by a history-making 10 critics' groups and 59 journalists, and has made the Top Ten lists of more than 178 journalists and organizations, will expand nationwide, allowing moviegoers a second chance to view the most lauded picture of the year.

"Warner Bros. and Regency knew all along what a remarkable motion picture we had in 'L.A. Confidential.' The acclaim that the film continues to earn only reaffirms our faith in the quality of it and reinforces our decision to widen the release on February 13," stated D. Barry Reardon, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Theatrical Distribution.

When the film recently received the Best Picture, Best Director (Curtis Hanson) and Best Screenplay (Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson) awards from the esteemed National Society of Film Critics, it marked the first time in motion picture history that the top five major voting critics' groups had awarded the same film with trophies for Best Picture and Best Director. Other groups bestowing both Best Picture and Best Director awards include: Boston Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle.

The additional critics' groups that have awarded Best Picture honors on the film include the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Online Film Critics, San Diego Film Critics Society, South Florida Film Critics Association and Southeastern Film Critics Association.

The picture stands to garner further acclaim with the announcement of the Chicago Film Critics Awards on March 1. The film earned six nominations from the group including Best Picture, Best Director (Curtis Hanson), Best Screenplay (Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson), Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey), Most Promising Actor (Guy Pearce), Best Cinematography (Dante Spinotti) and Best Original Score (Jerry Goldsmith).

Regency Enterprises Presents An Arnon Milchan/David L. Wolper Production: "L.A. Confidential," starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell and David Strathairn, with Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito. The music is by Jerry Goldsmith; the costumes are designed by Ruth Myers; and the co-producer is Brian Helgeland. The film is edited by Peter Honess, A.C.E.; the production designer is Jeannine Oppewall and the director of photography is Dante Spinotti, A.I.C. The executive producers are David L. Wolper and Dan Kolsrud. "L.A. Confidential" is based on the novel by James Ellroy and has a screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson. It is produced by Arnon Milchan, Curtis Hanson and Michael Nathanson, and directed by Curtis Hanson. Distributed by Warner Bros., A Time Warner Entertainment Company.


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