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15th Oct '17 2:47:56 AM ClintEastwood
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Badge of Honor'' and its star Brett Chase are ''Series/{{Dragnet}}'' and Creator/JackWebb in all but name.
11th Oct '17 8:34:47 AM TheBigBopper
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* TreacheryCoverUp

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* TwerpSweating: Exley and White's HighAltitudeInterrogation of Ellis Loew in the movie is really an excuse to dangle a thoroughly unpleasant man out a very high window, not for information they mostly already know.
11th Oct '17 8:26:46 AM TheBigBopper
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There is a mass murder at The Nite Owl restaurant, including a former LAPD officer. Three different LAPD detectives with different personalities, wife-basher-basher Bud White (Creator/RussellCrowe), straight cop Edmund Exley (Creator/GuyPearce), and publicity-hungry Jack Vincennes (Creator/KevinSpacey) all get caught up in the case, which turns out be part of the power struggle in organized crime after RealLife mobster Mickey Cohen is imprisoned for income tax evasion.

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There is a mass murder at The Nite Owl restaurant, including and one of the people killed is a former LAPD officer. Three different LAPD detectives with different personalities, wife-basher-basher Bud White (Creator/RussellCrowe), straight cop Edmund Exley (Creator/GuyPearce), and publicity-hungry Jack Vincennes (Creator/KevinSpacey) all get caught up in the case, which turns out be part of the power struggle in organized crime after RealLife mobster Mickey Cohen is imprisoned for income tax evasion.



* AnachronismStew: Generally averted in an extremely well-researched film. However, in condensing the time-frame of the story from the source novel, one anachronism appeared. The film begins on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Christmas_(1951) Christmas 1951]] and appears to take place over the course of several months to a couple years from then onward, as none of the cars in the movie have a model year later than 1953. Yet Johnny Stompanato is seen dating Lana Turner, despite the two not meeting until 1957 in real life (the novel covers the entire decade, and features Stompanato and Turner at the appropriate time).

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* AnachronismStew: Generally averted in an extremely well-researched film. However, in condensing the time-frame of the story from the source novel, at least one anachronism appeared. appeared: The film begins on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Christmas_(1951) Christmas 1951]] and appears to take place over the course of several months to a couple years from then onward, as none of the cars in the movie have a model year later than 1953. Yet Johnny Stompanato is seen dating Lana Turner, despite the two not meeting until 1957 in real life (the novel covers the entire decade, and features Stompanato and Turner at the appropriate time).
11th Oct '17 1:37:20 AM DrPsyche
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* InventedIndividual: [[spoiler:Rollo Tomasi, the man who killed Exley's father. His identity was never known, so Exley invented that name for him and Jack reuses it to direct suspicion to Dudley, making Rollo an identity for two murders]]. Applies out of universe as well seeing as he was completely made up for the film.
8th Sep '17 12:45:37 PM TheBigBopper
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* EveryoneIsASuspect

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* TheFifties

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* PeriodPiece

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* PeriodPiecePeriodPiece: The film goes very far in recreating the atmosphere of TheFifties.



* PragmaticAdaptation

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* PragmaticAdaptationPragmaticAdaptation: The film trims and condenses the very complicated plot of the book in order to make it work as a movie.



* YouTalkinToMe

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8th Sep '17 12:42:23 PM TheBigBopper
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* RealityIsUnrealistic[=/=]YourCostumeNeedsWork: Exley thinks Lana Turner is just one of Pierce Patchett's hookers dressed up to look like a star.
-->'''Exley''': A hooker cut to look like Lana Turner is still a hooker. She just ''looks'' like Lana Turner.
-->'''Vincennes''': She is Lana Turner.
-->'''Exley''': (turns to Vincennes) What?
-->'''Vincennes''': She ''is'' Lana Turner.
-->''(Lana [[FoodSlap throws a drink in Exley's face]])''
** When they get back in the car, Exley actually chuckles in embarrassment at his mistake.


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* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Exley thinks Lana Turner is just one of Pierce Patchett's hookers dressed up to look like a star.
-->'''Exley''': A hooker cut to look like Lana Turner is still a hooker. She just ''looks'' like Lana Turner.
-->'''Vincennes''': She is Lana Turner.
-->'''Exley''': (turns to Vincennes) What?
-->'''Vincennes''': She ''is'' Lana Turner.
-->''(Lana [[FoodSlap throws a drink in Exley's face]])''
** When they get back in the car, Exley actually chuckles in embarrassment at his mistake.
8th Sep '17 12:23:24 PM TheBigBopper
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-->[[spoiler: '''Smith''']]: You have a validiction, boyo?

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-->[[spoiler: '''Smith''']]: You have a validiction, boyo?validiction?



** Also subverted as noted below under RealityIsUnrealistic, when Ed Exley mistakes the real Lana Turner for a lookalike hooker.

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** Also subverted as noted below under RealityIsUnrealistic, in the example of YourCostumeNeedsWork, when Ed Exley mistakes the real Lana Turner for a lookalike hooker.



* FramingTheGuiltyParty: In a twist, [[spoiler:the Negroes suspected of being behind the Nite Owl killings never committed those murders, but were guilty of the equally heinous crime of rape]].

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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: In a twist, [[spoiler:the Negroes suspected of being behind the Nite Owl killings never committed those murders, but at the same time they were guilty of the equally heinous crime of rape]].kidnapping and raping a woman]].
4th Sep '17 11:26:28 PM dunicha
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*** Notice that the moment Stensland and some of the other cops decide to abandon the Christmas party to go beat up the Mexicans who assaulted fellow cops, Exley is alarmed and tries to block them, and Vincennes's first reaction is to find Bud and tell him, "Hey, White? You better put a leash on your partner before he kills somebody."

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*** ** Notice that the moment Stensland and some of the other cops decide to abandon the Christmas party to go beat up the Mexicans who assaulted fellow cops, Exley is alarmed and tries to block them, and Vincennes's first reaction is to find Bud and tell him, "Hey, White? You better put a leash on your partner before he kills somebody."
4th Sep '17 10:46:16 PM dunicha
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* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: A slightly subtler variant when [[spoiler:Dudley Smith]] asks Vincennes, "What does Exley make of all this?" When Vincennes replies that he hasn't yet and just came from the records room, [[spoiler: Smith]] shoots him.

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* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: A slightly subtler variant when [[spoiler:Dudley Smith]] asks Vincennes, "What does Exley make of all this?" When Vincennes replies that he hasn't spoken to Exley yet and just came from the records room, [[spoiler: Smith]] shoots him.
3rd Aug '17 5:38:58 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Lolicon}}: Blink and you'll miss her, but one of the lookalike whores at Pierce Patchett's mansion is made up as little Creator/ShirleyTemple.
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