L. A. Confidential L. A. Confidential is a movie of cops that are more corrupt than the criminals they arrest. Throughout the movie Bud White is portrayed to have a personal hatred for women abusers despite becoming enraged and hitting Lynn Bracken.
At the beginning of the movie, Bud and two other officers are seen sitting in a car, observing a man beating his wife. Officer White gets out of the car, approaches the house, and then pulls the family's Christmas decorations from the roof. When the man comes outside to see what is making all the noise is about, Bud White immediately begins to beat him. Afterwards, Bud handcuffs the man to a rail. In another scene from the movie Bud White is seen leaving a bar. When Bud exits the bar, he notices a woman, with bandages on her nose, sitting in a car with two men.
Bud approaches the car to investigate. In the process, the driver jumps out of the car and tells him to get lost. Then Bud White beats him up. Bud is thinking that someone has abused the woman, when in actuality the woman had been hit in the face with a tennis racket.
Throughout the movie Bud is seen beating the information out of suspects. Such as when he is seen at a bar squeezing a man's testicles until the man told him the information that he wanted to hear. During an interrogation at the precinct, Bud White hears a suspect confessing to have raped a girl. The officer in the room is having trouble getting the criminal to tell him where the girl is, so Bud storms into the room, and pins the guy against the wall and puts a gun in his mouth until the guy tells him where the girl can be found. He became enraged and lost control when he found out Exley and Lynn had slept together. He went to Lynn's house and overcome by anger hit her.
After hitting her he realized that he had done something he never wanted to do which was hit a woman. Bud White's hate toward women beaters seems to have come from seeing his mother beat to death by his father. Although White is portrayed as being brainless in the beginning of the movie, by the end of the movie he had proven himself to be intelligent. He is seen as being a tough cop with no brains. Throughout the movie other cops mention that they thought Bud was dumb. White mentions he is not smart when he was talking to the Veronica Lake look-alike he said, "I'm just the guy they bring in to scare the other guy." At another point in the movie, Captain Dudley was talking to White and said, "I want you to come beat the shit our of a couple guys for me." In the movie the coroner mentions, "You know, he is not as dumb as I thought." Bud White knew that the three black guys were not responsible for the Night Owl murders.
He knew whoever killed his partner had not been brought to justice and continued to work on the case. Bud White was always on top of things and was able to piece together how Lynn Bracken and Patches were related to the case. He was also able to figure out how Meeks, the heroine, and Suzanne fit together in the case. In L. A. Confidential Bud White believed in taking justice into his own hands to punish those who abuse women.
When they found the Mexican girl the suspects had mentioned, White shot the guy who was in the house with the girl, and made it look as if it was necessary to shoot the man. While other characters in the movie change in the movie, such as Exley who in the beginning does everything by the book, by the end has been corrupted and will do what it takes to get what he wants, Bud White stays the same. His hatred for women beaters is constant throughout the movie.