Lynn Bracken: You're the first man in five years who didn't tell me I look like Veronica Lake inside of a minute.
Bud White: You look better than Veronica Lake.

I see Bud because I want to. I see Bud because he can't hide the good inside of him. I see Bud because he treats me like Lynn Bracken and not some Veronica Lake look-alike who fucks for money.

Lynn Bracken

Don't start tryin' to do the right thing, boy-o. You haven't the practice.

Captain Dudley Smith

I doubt you've ever taken a stupid breath. Don't start now.

Captain Dudley Smith

Our justice must be swift and merciless.

Captain Dudley Smith

Unless you came in here to wipe my ass, I believe we're through.

Ellis Loew

Come on, don't try this "Good Cop-Bad Cop" crap on me. I practically invented it. So what if some homo actor is dead? Boys, girls, ten of them step off the bus to L.A. every day.

Ellis Loew

Ellis Loew: Pull him off me, Exley!
Ed Exley: I don't know how.
Bud White: 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!

What do I get if I give you your balls back, you wop cocksucker?

Bud White

Jack Vincennes: Are you sure Golden Boy is up to the task, Cap?
Capt. Dudley Smith: Oh, I think you'd be surprised what the lad is capable of.

LAPD, shitbird. Get the fuck outta here or I'll call your wife to come get you!

Bud White

Sid Hudgens: 'It's Christmas Eve in the City of Angels and while decent citizens sleep the sleep of the righteous, hopheads prowl for marijuana, not knowing that a man is coming to stop them! Celebrity crimestopper Jack Vincennes, scourge of grasshoppers and dopefiends everywhere!' Ya like it, Jackie boy?
Jack Vincennes: Yeah, subtle.

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L.A. Confidential Quotes

[interrogation] Reciprocity, Mr. Hudgens, is the key to every relationship.

Captain Dudley Smith

Jack Vincennes: What's that about?
Sid Hudgens: Eh, we ran a piece last year, "Ingenue Dykes in Hollywood." Her name got mentioned.