One thing that makes the movie look terrible now
I don't think I saw a single computer in the whole movie. I certainly can't remember seeing one in the police buildings, anyway. I mean, this movie came out in 1988. Surely by that time the cops in LA would have computerized a lot of their records and stuff like that?
Every time you saw Woods sitting at his desk he just had a lamp and a whole bunch of paper and everyone else sitting around him seemed to be the same. And he had to "request" items of evidence/files from his buddy, when he would have been able to access a lot of stuff on the computer.
This movie has a flawed story (although a very interesting and entertaining one IMO) but I just realised that's a huge reason why this looks so dated. I realise the computers they had then would be horribly dated now, but at least they're still computers, which gives the movie at least a layer of modernity. The police station in this movie looked like it belonged to the 1960s or earlier.
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