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This film is about the adventures of a 1940's special anti-gangster police squad in Los Angeles, the infamous 'Hat Squad.' The four members of this squad are big, tough, no-nonsense cops who don't hesitate to break the law, if it suits their purposes. When a local woman is murdered, their investigation turns up the fact that she had been romantically linked to several prominent men and had secret films taken of her liaisons. Since one of those men is the powerful U.S. Army General at the head of the then-new Atomic Energy Commission and another is the (married) leader of the Hat Squad, complications ensue. The FBI even gets involved in an attempted cover-up.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Upon it's release, the film was somewhat compared to Chinatown by some critics. The look of the film was by Production Designer Richard Sylbert, who was the production designer on that film, the time period (1940's), the setting (Los Angeles), and the films original score by Dave Grusin, which features a bit of Jerry Goldsmith's stylistic qualities while keeping his own musical voice. See more »
Col. Fitzgerald wears the insignia of the 31st Infantry Division on his left sleeve, denoting his current assignment. While this division was activated during the Korean War, it was comprised of National Guard units from the SE United States. They were assigned to Camp Atterbury, IN, never in Nevada or California, trained replacements, and were not involved in any atomic tests. See more »
Interestingly enough, at this moment the life and career of the movie's director seems to be at a maximum high, having just released the latest James Bond, while actor Nick Nolte seems to be in some kind of personal trouble in his private life, and without any major role for the last few years. 'Mulholland Falls' might remain his last great role - he is giving an outstanding performance here, in a solid and well paced film.
The 'Falls' not only is located in the 50s, but it is also done like a 50s movie. Were not for the recorded sex scenes, hard to distinguish that the film was made in the mid 90s. The level of detail and authenticity is perfect.
The only minus of the film is in the rather artificial manner that the story line is resolved - it looks again like a 50s B-movie end, but a bad one.
'LA Confidential' came one year later, and referred to a similar story line and environment. It got much more attention, and better critical reception. In my opinion, 'Mulholland Falls' does not fall behind, and later critics will place the two films on the same shelf of the movie history. 8/10 on my personal scale.
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