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James Ellroy

author James Ellroy (leaning on a wall}           short profile


'L.A. Quartet' series


other works, other media

works about James Ellroy


browse the James Ellroy Store at Amazon
James Ellroy's credits [since 1988] at Internet Movie Database
James Ellroy entry at Wikipedia

James Ellroy's World fansite
'Ellroy Confidential' fansite
RG's Ellroy fansite
'Demon Dog Central' at Richmond Review U.K.

Ellroy's 'L.A. Quartet'

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Black Dahlia" [fiction 1987]
based on the famous unsolved 1947 Black Dahlia murder case
Black Dahlia by James Ellroy  
Warner 8x5 pb [4/98] for $11.19
Mysterious Press hardcover [9/87] out of print/used
Books On Tape UNABR audio [9/90] out of stock/used
Brian DePalma 2006 Black Dahlia movie   Sepia & b&w-styled period drama of cops Dwight 'Bucky' Bleichert & Lee Blanchard (in a triangle with Kay Lake) and thugs and politicos and a land developer's mad family, all circling the sensational death of a 'wannabe' actress. Directed by Brian DePalma; script by Josh Friedman, based on Ellroy's novel; starring Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart & Mia Kirshner {as Elizabeth Short}; Oscar nom for Best Cinematography, ACE Award nom
Universal widescreen color DVD [12/2006] for $19.99
Universal color DVD [12/2006] for $26.99
full credits at IMDb • official movie site

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Big Nowhere" [Mysterious Press 1988]
LAQ #2: commies & Mickey Cohen & wolverine murders

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"L.A. Confidential" [Mysterious Press 1990]
LAQ #3: cop Ed Exley & pseudo-Disney theme park

"L.A. Confidential" feature film [Warner Bros./Regency]
Producer Arnon Milchan; co-written & directed by Curtis Hanson; co-written by Brian Helgeland;
starring Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce & Danny DeVito

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"White Jazz" [Knopf 1992]
LAQ #4: p.o.v. of bad cop David Klein

"White Jazz" feature film [re-scheduled for 2012? release]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Joe Carnahan; co-written by Matthew Michael Carnahan,
from Ellroy's novel; co-produced by & starring George Clooney; credits at IMDb

Fiction by James Ellroy

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Brown's Requiem" [1981] about P.I. Fritz Brown

"Clandestine" [Avon original pb 1982]

"Because The Night" [Mysterious Press 1984]

"Blood On The Moon" [Mysterious Press 1984]

"Suicide Hill" [1985]

"Silent Terror" [aka "Killer On The Road" 1986]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Black Dahlia" [1987] • see 'L.A. Quartet' series {above}

"The Big Nowhere" [1988] • see 'L.A. Quartet' series {above}

"L.A. Confidential" [1990] • see 'L.A. Quartet' series {above}

"White Jazz" [1992] • see 'L.A. Quartet' series {above}

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"American Tabloid" [Knopf 1995]

"Hollywood Nocturnes" [Dell pb 1995] / 6 stories + afterword

"Crime Wave" [stories 1999]

"The Cold Six Thousand" [2001]

"Destination: Morgue!" [stories 2004]

"Blood's A Rover" [2009]

Other Works, Other Media

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"My Dark Places" [memoir 1996]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Best American Mystery Stories 2002 edited by James Ellroy   "The Best American Mystery Stories 2002"
Edited by James Ellroy & Otto Penzler

Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [10/2002] for $10.40
Houghton Mifflin 8.4x5¾ hardcover [10/2002] for $19.25
Houghton Mifflin ABR audio [10/2002] for $18.20
Houghton Mifflin UNABR audio CD [10/2002] for $24.50
Scene of the Crime  "Scene of The Crime: Photographs From The L.A.P.D. Archive" [2004]
Foreword by Chief William J. Bratton, Introduction by James Ellroy, Essay by Tim B. Wride

Harry N. Abrams 13½x8¼ hardcover [10/2004] for $23.80
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Street Kings"  [Fox Searchlight April 2008]
Street Kings movie poster  When a whistle-blower cop is murdered, two corrupt detectives of the L.A. Police Department under investigation by Internal Affairs team up to prove their innocence; evidence at the scene includes drugs in the dead cop's car and DNA from two major drug dealers; but the suspected cops discover the bodies of the drug dealers, who were killed long before the cop-killing.
Directed by David Ayer; script co-written by James Ellroy, based on Ellroy's short story "The Night Watchman"; starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Terry Crews, Cle Shaheed Sloan and rappers Common & The Game
Fox widescreen color Blu-ray [8/2008] 2 disks for $27.95
Fox widescreen color DVD [8/2008] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb • official movie site

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women" [2010]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"James Ellroy's L.A." TV series [not produced]
Announced 2010: no entry at IMDb

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Rampart" [Millennium Nov 2011, wide Feb 2012]  
Rampart movie by James Ellroy, starring Woody Harrelson  Story based on a real L.A.P.D. scandal from the 1990s, but with Ellroy's usual bitter & cynical spin.
Co-written & directed by Oren Moverman; story by James Ellroy; starring Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ice Cube, Brie Larson & Ned Beatty
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb • official movie site
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"77" [not produced]
Announced 4/2011: Based on an original story idea by James Ellroy; connects two stories from 1974: the unsolved
murder of an L.A.P.D. officer, and the nationally-televised shootout in South Central L.A. between the Symbionese
Liberation Army and the L.A.P.D. (where 50,000 rounds of gunfire were exchanged). Actor Russell Crowe set to star,
possibly direct • no entry at IMDb

Works About James Ellroy

"James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction" documentary feature [1993]
by German director Reinhard Jud; full credits at IMDb

"James Ellroy's Feast of Death" [2001]
video/DVD not available; full credits at IMDb

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