Bud White: There's blood on the wall here. I thought everybody but the cook got shot in the men's room?
Ray Pinker: That is Stensland's blood.
Bud White: Stensland?
Ray Pinker: He took a blow to the head. Was probably unconscious when they dragged him in the john.
Bud White: Did they hit anybody else?
Ray Pinker: No. But he was a cop, he probably tried to do something.

Lynn Bracken: Where'd this come from?
Bud White: When I was 12, my old man went after my mother with a bottle. I got in the way.
Lynn Bracken: You saved her.
Bud White: Not for long.
Lynn Bracken: I'm sorry, Bud, it's none of my...
Bud White: He tied me to the radiator. I watched him beat my mother to death with a tire iron. He left us there. It was three days before a truant officer found us. They never found the old man.
Lynn Bracken: Was that why you became a cop? To get even?
Bud White: I don't know.

Bud White: I know it. That prick Exley shot the wrong guys. I... If I could work Homicide like a real detective, I could prove it. But I'm not smart enough. I'm just the guy they bring in to scare the other guy shitless.
Lynn Bracken: You're wrong. You found Patchett, you found me. You're smart enough.

Don't ever try to fucking bribe me or I'll have you and Patchett in shit up to your ears.

Bud White

Wife Beater: Who in the hell are you?
Bud White: The ghost of Christmas past. Why don't you dance with a man for a change?
Wife Beater: What are you, some kind of smart ass?

Oh, lookee here, the great jerkoff case of 1953.

Jack Vincennes

I wouldn't trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whisky in Ireland.

Captain Dudley Smith

Wendell, I'd like full and docile co-operation on every topic.

Captain Dudley Smith

Dick Stensland: We'll do the town one night on me.
Bud White: I'll bring my wallet just in case.

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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.