Bud White: Bullshit. How would a two-bit hick like Meeks get his hands on a large supply of heroin?
Johnny Stompanato: You're right, it's probably bullshit. Even if he did, he could never unload it. Not without drawing all kinds of attention.
Bud White: Maybe that's why he's under a house in Elysian Park and he don't smell too good, paisano.

Bud White: What happened?
Detective at Hush-Hush Office: Somebody beat him to death and stole a bunch of files. Must've dug up garbage on the wrong guy. Got it narrowed down to a thousand suspects.

Something has to be done, but nothing too original, because hey, this is Hollywood.

Sid Hudgens

You're like Santa Claus with that list, Bud, except everyone on it's been naughty.

Dick Stensland

Ed Exley: A naked man with a gun? Do you really expect anyone to believe that?
Bud White: Get the fuck away from me.
Ed Exley: How's it gonna look in your report?
Bud White: It'll look like justice. That's what the man got. Justice.
Ed Exley: You don't know the meaning of the word you ignorant bastard.
Bud White: Oh yeah, well you think it means getting your picture in the paper. Why don't you go after criminals for a change instead of cops?

Sid Hudgens: Are you tight with the DA, Jackie?
Jack Vincennes: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. He tried to throw me off the force last Christmas as a little joke.

He's on a night train to the big adios.

Sid Hudgens

You're a bit of a puzzlement to me these days, Wendell. You don't seem to be your old cruel self anymore. And I had such grand plans for your future.

Captain Dudley Smith

I admire you as a policeman, particularly your adherence to violence as a necessary adjunct to the job.

Captain Dudley Smith

Lynn Bracken: You say fuck a lot.
Bud White: You fuck for money.

If I ever get held up, you guys better be here.

Liquor Store Owner

Ray Pinker: Bud White, what brings you to the basement?
Bud White: I got a couple Nite Owl questions.
Ray Pinker: I don't know if you'd heard, but that case has been solved.
Bud White: Isn't there anything bothering you about it?
Ray Pinker: Yeah, the fact that you guys haven't carted all this shit away yet.

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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.