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In what looks to be a routine murder investigation, Nolte and his posse are surprised to discover Connelly's body. Probing deeper, Nolte and his partners determine that Connelly may have been killed for what or whom she knew. Nolte takes it personally. He and his men place themselves in harm's way with the FBI and other well-armed federal agencies. The plainclothes L.A. cops do battle the Feds and, of course, get way in over their heads. Ultimately, no one wins. When you dig deeply enough, no one ever wins.
The upside: this film stars a great ensemble cast--Nolte; Melanie Griffith, his wife; Chazz Palmintieri, Chris Penn, and Michael Madsen, his partners; Connelly; Andrew McCarthy, an effeminate witness; Daniel Baldwin, a smug FBI agent; John Malkovich and Treat Williams. The film looks super, and it recreates 50's L.A. in clear detail, and the dialogue is convincing.Read more ›
What I love about this film are the marvelous performances. In particular: Nolte's character, who has married a one-time "ornament" in Griffith, and now after a few years, she has matured and he now takes her for granted. His eyes roam a bit, and she confronts that. Their interaction is fascinating. Treat Williams also is amazing as the military man who shows he has more than one side... and it's compelling to watch. I feel like I care about nearly all the characters in this film.
My main reason for loving this film, however, is the magnificent way old Los Angeles is recreated in many actual locations. The photography, set decoration, costumes and even the dialog has been carefully recreated to be accurate. I saw the film "Bugsy" recently, and remember how the fine production value was almost ruined by the 90s style four-letter words which peppered the dialog. It was very distracting and "put on". Not so here. This movie looks and sounds very authentic and from a person who was raised in L.A. during the 1950s, it was nostalgic for me on several levels.
Finally, there is a beautiful score by Dave Grusin. Though not sounding accurate in style to the music of the period, it is thoughtful, atmospheric and appropriate. I own the soundtrack and the music truly carries the mood of the film in a fresh and vibrant way. Haunting and beautiful.
Before this beautiful film was released recently, eBay was selling copies from Brazil for up to 60.Read more ›
This one's at its best when exploring the dynamics of a tightknit group of thuggish detectives, at its weakest in trying to do homage to several classic noir films, and at its most prurient when showing grainy b&w footage of Miss Connelly's considerable pre-surgery assets. (I also enjoy seeing snooty Baldwin get his butt kicked by Nolte.)
Kudos to Palminteri, as a violence-prone but introspective cop who's in therapy for this major character flaw, also to Griffith for making the most of a relatively small role.
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.
(6.0) Mulholland Falls (1996) - Nick Nolte/Melanie Griffith/Jennifer Connelly/Chazz Palminteri/Michael Madsen/Chris Penn/John Malkovich/Treat Williams/Daniel Baldwin/Andrew McCarthy/Ed Lauter/Aaron Neville (uncredited: Bruce Dern/Louise Fletcher/Rob Lowe/William Petersen)
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