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Mulholland Falls (1996)



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Set in 1950s Los Angeles, this film centers on the crime investigation of the notorious "Hat Squad," members of the LAPD noted for being natty dressers. They were also known for using unorthodox and violent methods for taking care of crooks.

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Nick Nolte
as Max Hoover
Melanie Griffith
as Katherine Hoover
Chazz Palminteri
as Ellery Coolidge
Michael Madsen
as Eddie Hall
Chris Penn
as Arthur Relyea
Treat Williams
as Col. Fitzgerald
Jennifer Connelly
as Alison Pond
Daniel Baldwin
as FBI Agent McCafferty
Andrew McCarthy
as Jimmy Fields
Larry Garrison
as Perino's Maître D'
Johna Johnson
as Bar Woman
Rick Johnson
as Staff Car Sergeant
Britt Burr
as Staff Car Driver
Melinda Clarke
as Cigarette Girl
Ernie Livley
as Foreman
Ernie Lively
as Foreman
Michael Krawic
as Assistant Coroner
Titus Welliver
as Kenny Kamins
Robert Peters
as Cop No. 1
Drew Pillsbury
as Chief's Assistant
Brad Hunt
as Guard
Aaron Neville
as Nite Spot Singer
Buddy Joe Hooker
as DC-3 Pilot
Eddie Caicedo
as Gasping Patient
Price Carson
as Honor Guard
Azalea Davila
as Perino's Girl
Sky Solari
as Perino's Girl
Alisa Christensen
as Spaghetti Girl
Rob Lowe
as Flynn's
Bruce Dern
as LAPD Chief Bill
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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5)

Connelly, Melanie Griffith and Bruce Dern all fare well in a predominantly misused cast, but the tone of this talkfest is dreary.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4
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An imperfect but still entertaining neo-noir mystery.

July 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...a watchable endeavor that's nevertheless a marked disappointment...

July 9, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

How could it miss? Let me count the ways.

August 25, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

An uneven mystery-thriller that suffers from a plot that wanders in too many directions and an overabundance of underdeveloped characters.

October 9, 2005 | Rating: 5/10

A great cast helps this wandering modern noir a whole heck of a lot.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Mulholland Falls

The glory days of the chain-smoking LA cops' "hat squad" are brought back in this stylish neo-noir conspiracy thriller. They represent a tough, no-nonsense approach to criminals, with just the right amount of smart-aleck humor thrown in (not annoyingly constant like The Expendables). Director Lee Tamahori captures all the atmospherics and details of the "atomic age." The cast is fantastic, led by emotional performances by Nolte and Griffith. Jennifer Connelly is a mesmerizing, enchanting beauty. She plays a world-wise girl who still manages to stay fresh-faced. The spot-on recreation of LA's bygone glamour era, the conspiracy-laden plot, and the excellent cast highlight this film. I'm a sucker for neo-noir, and although this isn't quite Chinatown, it is a valiant effort. Tamahori and writers Dexter and Mutrux even chose to end the film on a down note. The squad's broken up, and Griffith leaves Nolte, exclaiming "You broke my heart, Max." Noirs shouldn't have happy endings.

Clintus Maximus
Clintus Maximus

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This movie needed more Jennifer Connelly, and it needed to be in black and white. I'm sorry, but noir never really works for me unless it's steeped in shadows and a colorless world. That's just what I've been conditioned to expect from a good noir movie. If Mulholland Falls would have been set in the modern day, I think that the color wouldn't have bothered me as much, but the combination of the time period and the style makes the colorization just to much for me to tolerate. As for Jennifer, she's the crux of the film, but we don't get to spend very much time at all with her. We don't get a sense of who she is and why she did the things that she did, and that greatly lessens the impact of her death. If you don't care about the core of the story, then it's difficult to have any real investment in the rest of the movie. In all honesty, even if the movie was in black and white and Jennifer Connelly had two times more scenes, this movie would probably still be boring. I just never cared or was interested in what was going on. Michael Madsen was wasted, there wasn't nearly enough of John Malkovich, and Nick Nolte was just smacking people and looking grim. Mulholland Falls gets two stars for Jennifer Connelly's magnificence, but even her wonders barely made it worth watching.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

A good movie with a great cast but would have been better if it had more character development, There are also a few cliche moments & some unconvincing ones

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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