The slick motion picture which has the line (tagline): "Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush..." is "L.A. Confidential" (1997). This film was directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson. It was based on the 1990 novel 'L.A. Confidential' by James Ellroy. This film was produced by Arnon Milchan, Curtis Hanson, Michael Nathanson, and David L. Wolper. Warner Bros. (WB) released and distributed the film in May 1997 (Cannes). The same was done in September 1997 (USA).

In "L.A. Confidential", three policemen, each with his own motives and obsessions, tackle the corruption surrounding an unsolved murder at a downtown Los Angeles, CA coffee shop in the early 1950s. Detective Lieutenant Exley (Guy Pearce), the son of a murdered detective, is out to avenge his father's killing. The ex-partner of Officer White (Russell Crowe), implicated in a scandal rooted out by Exley, was one of the victims. Sergeant Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) feeds classified information to a tabloid magnate (Danny DeVito).

"L.A. Confidential" was nominated for 9 Academy Awards and won 2, Kim Basinger for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound Mixing. The film made a worldwide total of $126.2 million on a budget of $35 million US dollars.

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