Dudley (James Cromwell) is behind everything. He's taking over Mickey Cohen's rackets, and his own hand-picked cops will be the new franchise holders.
Chris W. wrote in and reminded me of some other useful information: reporter Sid Hudgens (Danny DeVito) is killed; Sergeant Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), a good guy taking minor kickbacks, is killed; Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger) leaves town with the badly injured Officer 'Bud' White (Russell Crowe); Detective Lieutenant Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce) is the one who solves the mystery, and sticks around L.A. to pick up the pieces. Messy enough for ya?
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