Both the books and the movie tell the story about a group of Los Angeles police in the 50s, and police crimes and corruption bumping up against Hollywood celebrity.
The film adaptation was made, produced and directed by Curtis Hanson and co-written by Brian Helgeland and Hanson.
At the time, an rising Australian actors Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce were relatively unknown in North America, and one of the film’s backers, named Peter Dennett, was worried about the lack of established and well known stars in the lead roles. However, he supported Hanson’s casting way and decisions and this gave the director the confidence to approach Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey, and Danny DeVito.
A DVD was also released April 21, 1998. In addition to the movie, it included 2 featurettes, an interactive map of Los Angeles, a theatrical trailer, a music only track, and three TV spots. A 2-disc Special Edition was also released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 23, 2008. Both sets contain the same nice bonus content. In addition to the features from the original DVD movie, included are 4 new featurettes, the pilot of the proposed TV series starring actor Kiefer Sutherland, and film commentary by historian and critic Andrew Sarris, James Ellroy, Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Ruth Myers, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Kim Basinger, Jeannine Oppewall, Brian Helgeland, Dante Spinotti, and Danny DeVito. Some sets also included a 6-song sampler from the film’s soundtrack. Strathairn, Dante Spinotti, Brian Helgeland, Kim Basinger, Jeannine Oppewall, and Danny DeVito. Some sets included a 6-song sampler from the film’s soundtrack.