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Mulholland Falls (1996)

In 1950's Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.

Director:

Lee Tamahori

Writers:

Peter Dexter (story) (as Pete Dexter), Floyd Mutrux (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Max Hoover
Melanie Griffith ... Katherine Hoover
Chazz Palminteri ... Elleroy Coolidge
Michael Madsen ... Eddie Hall
Chris Penn ... Arthur Relyea
Treat Williams ... Colonel Nathan Fitzgerald
Jennifer Connelly ... Allison Pond
Daniel Baldwin ... McCafferty
Andrew McCarthy ... Jimmy Fields
John Malkovich ... General Thomas Timms
Kyle Chandler ... Captain
Ed Lauter ... Earl
Larry Garrison ... Perino's Maitre d'
Chelsea Harrington Chelsea Harrington ... Lolita
Johnna Johnson Johnna Johnson ... Bar Woman
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Storyline

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>

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This isn't America, this is Los Angeles See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mulholland Falls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,306,221, 28 April 1996

Gross USA:

$11,526,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,526,099
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Black and White (home movie sequences)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Perino's Maitre d': Good evening, gentlemen can I check your hats, please?
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Mr. Anthony's Boogie
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Solid Falls
7 December 2002 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

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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