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* The moment during the film's climax when Exley shoots Dudley InTheBack: both because the audience knows it's a well-deserved death to a villain who was about to [[SmugSnake talk himself]] out of justice, but also because Dudley just taught Exley one final lesson (hold up your police badge when other cops show up at your shootout). In a way, it's Exley showing he no longer needs Dudley as a mentor.


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** Also stunning the interrogating officers, who can't understand how Exley heard them through the sound-proof walls.


* The film itself. It manages to take a 500 page, unfilmable novel and turn it into a fantastic 2-hour movie and makes it work. There is a lot of AdaptationDistillation, but this film makes it work, so much so that James Ellroy himself loved it.

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* The film itself. It manages to take a 500 page, unfilmable novel and turn it into a fantastic 2-hour movie and makes it work. There is a lot of AdaptationDistillation, but this film makes it work, so much so that James Ellroy Creator/JamesEllroy himself loved it.


** More specifically, Kevin Spacey realizes that he's dying so he uses his final words to trick his murderer into incriminating himself to Exley, which ultimately brings about the murderer's downfall.

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** More specifically, Kevin Spacey Jack Vincennes realizes that he's dying so he uses his final words to trick his murderer Dudley into incriminating himself to Exley, which ultimately brings about the murderer's Dudley's downfall.


** I received a text message from a friend after he read that scene: "I thought Exley was pathetic and I didn't know why you liked his character... just read the interrogation. Wow."


* The film itself. It manages to take a 500 page, unfilmable novel and turn it into a fantastic 2-hour movie and makes it work. There is a lot of AdaptationDistiallation, but this film makes it work, so much so that James Ellroy himself loved it.

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* The film itself. It manages to take a 500 page, unfilmable novel and turn it into a fantastic 2-hour movie and makes it work. There is a lot of AdaptationDistiallation, AdaptationDistillation, but this film makes it work, so much so that James Ellroy himself loved it.


* "...Rollo... Tomasi..."

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* "...Rollo... Tomasi..."Tomasi…"
** More specifically, Kevin Spacey realizes that he's dying so he uses his final words to trick his murderer into incriminating himself to Exley, which ultimately brings about the murderer's downfall.


* "Just ''one'' hero?"

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* "Just ''one'' hero?"hero?"
* Inez Soto calling Ed out on his bullshit in the book, flat-out telling him she manipulated him into killing the Nite Owl suspects. The "absolute justice" Ed believes in more than anything isn't his, it's hers.


*** Capped by Ed's "That the way you ran Good Cop/Bad Cop?"



* [[spoiler: "Just ''one'' hero?"]]

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* [[spoiler: "Just ''one'' hero?"]]hero?"

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** I received a text message from a friend after he read that scene: "I thought Exley was pathetic and I didn't know why you liked his character... just read the interrogation. Wow."


* The film itself. It manages to take a 500 page, unfilmable novel and turn it into a fantastic 2-hour movie and makes it work. There is a lot of AdaptationDistiallation, but this film makes it work, so much so that James Ellroy himself loved it.

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* The film itself. It manages to take a 500 page, unfilmable novel and turn it into a fantastic 2-hour movie and makes it work. There is a lot of AdaptationDistiallation, but this film makes it work, so much so that James Ellroy himself loved it.it.
*[[spoiler: "Just ''one'' hero?"]]

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** "Now, I know you think you're the A-number one hotshot. Well, here's the juice: if I take you out, there'll be ten more lawyers to take your place tomorrow. They just won't come on the bus, that's all!"

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* The film itself. It manages to take a 500 page, unfilmable novel and turn it into a fantastic 2-hour movie and makes it work. There is a lot of AdaptationDistiallation, but this film makes it work, so much so that James Ellroy himself loved it.

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