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Mulholland Falls

4.0 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews

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In the brutal war against murder and corruption, there's one place where the battles are won. Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Treat Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Andrew McCarthy and John Malkovich star in Mulholland Falls, a brilliant, high-powered crime thriller electrified by hard-hitting action, forbidden passion and shocking intrigue. In 1950s Los Angeles, Max Hoover (Nolte) leads an elite squad of four detectives who play by their own rules, dealing with criminals the only way they know howwith deadly force. But when they investigate the murder of a beautiful young woman (Connelly), the detectives find themselves embroiled in a high-level conspiracy and faced with a terrifying secret that the US government is determined to keep hiddenat any price.

Special Features

  • Original theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen
  • Directors: Lee Tamahori
  • Writers: Floyd Mutrux, Peter Dexter
  • Producers: Lili Fini Zanuck, Mario Iscovich, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7O5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mulholland Falls" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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Format: VHS Tape
I must first confess my undying admiration of the gorgeous Jennifer Connelly. Now, with my bias out of the way, married plainclothes detective Nick Nolte and doomed party girl Connelly have a torrid affair such that it hurts both to break it off. Hard-guy Nolte and his 3 partners are members of the thuggish but sharply-dressed "Hat Squad," who take it upon themselves to rid the city of organized crime figures transplanted from Back East. With the gracious assistance of the "Hat Squad," these organized crime figures have a way of rolling down the side of the canyon off Mulholland Drive, which is their "hint" that they have overstayed their welcome in L.A., and that it is time to leave town. Hence the title. This was obviously before the days of Internal Affairs divisions and Citizen Review boards.
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.
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Format: DVD
The biggest problem with Mulholland Falls, is that it is often compared with "Chinatown" and "L.A. Confidential", both masterpieces in my opinion. It should not. It should be viewed on it's own merit. Yes, it has a "hat squad" and takes place in vintage Los Angeles... but this is a different kind of film.

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.
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Format: VHS Tape
MULHOLLAND FALLS is a circa 1950 Atomic Age costumer that has the gorgeous mistress of an LAPD detective murdered, and the prime suspect an Army general who's dying of radiation poisoning. What begins as a straightforward homicide investigation by four cops with unorthodox brass knuckled methods turns into the unearthing of a cover-up conspiracy with far-reaching consequences.

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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A good movie, not a great movie. Trying hard to be "Chinatown" and generally failing but not badly. MF is the story of 4 LA detectives that pretty much do what they want with the blessing of The Chief as long as he doesn't know about it too much. It's based loosely on the real life "Hat Squad" back in the 1940's and 50's. It starts off with Max (Nick Nolte doing his gruffy Ultra-Butch thing as usual) and his crew grabbing a Wiseguy from Chicago in a ROOM FULL OF A HUNDRED PERSONS, hauling him away and throwing him off Mulholland "Falls". Really? And they get away with it? One of many silly plot issues. Another is Max having an affair with The Girl. Why? Apparently to give Melanie Griffith a big crying scene at the end. I watched it and enjoyed it but would never watch it again. So if you like tough cops, looking at Jennifer Connelly mostly naked, and Film Noir-Lite movies I would recommend giving it a view.
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