L.A. Confidential: About The Filmmakers

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Producer/director/co-screenwriter CURTIS HANSON's most recent feature was the whitewater thriller "The River Wild,' which transformed Meryl Streep into an action hero, and which also starred Kevin Bacon and David Strathairn. Previously he directed the box-office smash "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," starring Rebecca DeMornay, the slightly twisted "Bad Influence," starring Rob Lowe and James Spader, and "The Bedroom Window," starring Steve Guttenberg, Isabelle Huppert and Elizabeth McGovern; he also wrote the screenplay for the last of these. His other screenplay credits include "The Silent Partner," "White Dog" and "Never Cry Wolf."

ARNON MILCHAN (Executive Producer) is the founder of Regency Enterprises and one of the pre-eminent independent film producers in the world. Milchan was named Producer of the Year at the 1997 National Association of Theater Owners' ShoWest convention.

His recent film productions include "Murder at 1600," "A Time to Kill," "Tin Cup" and "Heat," and upcoming features include "The Devil's Advocate" with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, "City of Angels" with Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage, and "The Man Who Knew Too Little," which stars Bill Murray. Milchan's newly created banner, Regency Vision, will debut with the sexy thriller "Goodbye, Lover," starring Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Don Johnson, Mary-Louise Parker and Ellen DeGeneres. Future projects include the thriller "The Negotiator," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, and the feature-film adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller, "The Runaway Jury."

Milchan's production credits include Garry Marshall's "Pretty Woman," Terry Gilliam's "Brazil," Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time in America," Danny DeVito's "The War of the Roses," Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy," Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" and "JFK" (which was nominated for eight Academy Awards), as well as "The Client," "Under Siege" and "Free Willy."

His other producing credits include "Guilty By Suspicion," Stone's "Heaven and Earth," "Made in America," Joel Schumacher's "Falling Down," "Sommersby," "The Power of One," "The Mambo Kings," "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" and "Copycat."

Producer MICHAEL NATHANSON is President of MGM-UA Studios, a position he assumed in 1996 after serving as chairman and CEO of New Regency Productions. At New Regency, he oversaw production on such motion pictures as "The Client," "Free Willy 2: the Adventure Home," "Copycat," "Heat," "A Time to Kill," "Tin Cup," "Bogus," "Sunchaser " and "Carpool."

Prior to 1994, he was president of worldwide production for Columbia Pictures, a position to which he was named in 1989 after serving as executive vice president of production. During his tenure at Columbia, he was responsible for bringing to the screen such critical and commercial successes as "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "Groundhog Day," "In the Line of Fire," "A River Runs Through It," "Boyz N the Hood," "The Prince of Tides," "A League of Their Own" and "Awakenings," among many others.

Prior to joining Columbia, Nathanson was president of the motion picture division of Gladden Entertainment Corporation and, earlier, vice president of production at MGM, United Artists and Warner Bros. He began his entertainment career at NBC Sports New York before moving to California in 1976, where he started his motion-picture career with such features as "The Deep."

In his 45 years in the industry, executive producer DAVID L. WOLPER has made more that 500 film and television programs which have won more than 150 awards, including two Oscars, 40 Emmys, seven Golden Globes and five Peabodys. He won an Oscar for Best Documentary Film for "The Helstrom Chronicles" and has received the Academy's most honored Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In addition, French President Mitterrand conferred upon Wolper France's Legion of Honor in 1990.

Wolper launched the television mini-series and has produced some of the highest rated and most honored to date, including "Roots," "The Thorn Birds," "Sandburg's Lincoln," "Roots: the Next Generation" and "North and South," as well as the enormously successful Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. His producing work for the small screen has earned him an induction into the Television Hall of Fame.

As a film producer, his credits include "If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "The Bridge at Remagen," "The Devil's Brigade," "Victory at Entebbe!," "This Is Elvis," "Imagine: John Lennon" and "Murder In the First." Most recently, he partnered with the acclaimed team of Ismail Merchant and James Ivory to make "Surviving Picasso."

He has also distinguished himself with his highly honored, long-running documentary series and specials, including National Geographic specials, Jacques Cousteau specials, "Biography" series, "American Heritage" specials, "Appointment With Destiny" specials and "Plimpton!" specials. His first documentary, "The Race for Space," narrated by Mike Wallace, became the first television program to be nominated for an Academy Award. His other documentary specials include "Monsters! Mysteries or Myths?," "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" and "The Making of the President."

Born in New York City, Wolper majored in film at the University of Southern California and began in television with his company, Flamingo Films, in 1949.

Executive producer DAN KOLSRUD, a native of Trollhuset, Norway, left his homeland at an early age to pursue his dream of working in the entertainment industry. After directing local television in the Baltimore and Boston markets, he moved to Los Angeles, where he became an assistant director on several feature films.

Following his experiences in Hollywood, Kolsrud accepted an offer to return to Scandinavia to direct the award-winning independent feature "Lutefisk." Kolsrud then returned to Los Angeles, where he served as producer or executive producer on a number of films including "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "Impulse," "Memoirs of an Invisible Man," "Falling Down," "Grumpy Old Men," "Richie Rich" and "Seven."

Co-screenwriter/co-producer BRIAN HELGELAND most recently wrote the original script for "Conspiracy Theory," which stars Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts and Patrick Stewart and was directed by Richard Donner. He also co-wrote the screenplay for "The Postman," which is currently in production starring and directed by Kevin Costner. Previously, Helgeland was a co-writer of "Assassins," starring Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas, also for Donner's direction.

Helgeland's other credits include "976-EVIL," "Highway to Hell," "Nightmare on Elm Street IV" directed by Renny Harlin, a segment for HBO's anthology "Tales From the Crypt" which he also directed, and a segment on HBO's "Perversions of Science."

Author JAMES ELLROY was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. Quartet novels -- the Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz -- have won numerous awards and were international best-sellers. His most recent novel, American Tabloid, was TIME magazine's Novel of the Year in 1995. His memoir, My Dark Places, was a New York Times Notable Book for 1996, and is currently a best-seller in Europe.

Director of photography DANTE SPINOTTI, A.I.C.'s credits include three acclaimed films for director Michael Mann: "Manhunter," "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Heat." His work on "The Last of the Mohicans" earned him a British Academy Award. His other credits include "Crimes of the Heart," "Beaches," "True Colors," "Hudson Hawk," "Frankie and Johnny;" "The Quick and the Dead," "Nell" and the upcoming Regency release, "Goodbye, Lover."

Spinotti has garnered several awards and nominations in his native Italy, including a Donatello (Italian Academy) Award nomination for "Hearts and Harmour," a Golden Slate Award and Donatello Award nomination for "The Berlin Affair," a Golden Slate Award and Donatello Award for "Legend of the Holy Drinker" and a Donatello Award and Golden Slate Award for "Secrets of the Old Forest."

Production designer JEANNINE OPPEWALL has served in that capacity for such films as "Tender Mercies," "Desert Hearts," "The Big Easy," "Ironweed," "The Music Box," "White Palace," "School Ties," "The Vanishing," "Corrina, Corrina," "Losing Isaiah," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Primal Fear" and "The Rich Man's Wife."

Oppewall has served as set designer on films including "My Bodyguard," "Racing With the Moon," "The Rose," "Blow Out," "Cat People," "Hardcore" and "Blue Collar."

Editor PETER HONESS, A.C.E. includes among his credits "Champions," "Electric Dreams," "Plenty," "Highlander," "The Believers," "Madame Sousatzka," "Next of Kin," "The Russia House," "Ricochet," "Mr. Baseball," The Real McCoy," Six Degrees of Separation," "The Shadow," "Rob Roy," "Eye For An Eye" and "If These Walls Could Talk."

Costume designer RUTH MYERS recently received an Academy Award nomination for her costumes created for "Emma." It was her second nomination, following one she received for "The Addams Family." In addition, she has created the wardrobe for nearly 40 other feature films, including "Plenty," "Woman in Red," "Cannery Row," "Altered States," "...And Justice For All," "The Main Event," "Magic," "Ruling Class," "How To Make An American Quilt," "IQ," "The Firm," "The Russia House," "The Accidental Tourist" and "The Marrying Man."

Oscar and Emmy Award-winner JERRY GOLDSMITH is one of film and television's pre-eminent composers. He won an Academy Award for the score of "The Omen" and earned additional nominations for Best Score for "Basic Instinct," "Hoosiers," "Under Fire," "Poltergeist," "Star Trek -- The Motion Picture," "The Boys From Brazil," "The Wind and the Lion," "Chinatown," "Papillon," "Patton," "Planet of the Apes," "The Sand Pebbles," "A Patch of Blue" and "Freud." Goldsmith previously collaborated with director Curtis Hanson when the composer created the score for Hanson's "The River Wild."

Goldsmith has also received numerous Golden Globe and Grammy nominations during a career that includes nearly 150 film scores. His more recent credits include "City Hall," "Executive Decision," "Two Days in the Valley," "Powder," "First Knight," "Congo," "I.Q.," "The Shadow," "Six Degrees of Separation," "Rudy," "Malice," "Dennis the Menace," "The Russia House," "Not Without My Daughter," "Sleeping With the Enemy," "Medicine Man," "Mr. Baseball," "The Public Eye," "Love Field," "Forever Young," "Matinee," "The Vanishing," "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" and "Gremlins 2: The New Batch."

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