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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.

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

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26 April 1996 (USA)  »

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$29,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,500,000 (USA)
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Virginia Madsen: Opening credits when her brother Michael Madsen's name is shown. See more »

Goofs

As the Hats approach the crater at the restricted testing range, the brown canvas bag that had been hanging over the front of the car disappears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Perino's Maitre d': Good evening, gentlemen can I check your hats, please?
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Referenced in Open Water (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Harbour Lights
Written by Jimmy Kennedy and Will Grosz (as Hugh Williams)
Arranged by Jimmie Haskell
Performed by Aaron Neville
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First class filmmaking and a terrific crime drama masterpiece
27 May 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

I have no idea whatsoever why the hell I didn't enjoy Lee Tamahori's breathtaking "Mulholland falls" when I watched it for the first time. I guess I just somehow didn't get it, that's all. I'm so glad I decided to give it another chance. Impressive script, smooth camerawork, skillful directing, marvelous dialogue, entertaining story and first-rate acting from Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen and Chris Penn makes "Mulholland falls" a special treat for anybody who appreciates a fine motion picture experience and definitive "Chinatown" of the decade. John Malkovich makes a tiny but magnificent appearance as General Timms. Movie I used to totally underestimate is nowadays a spectacular crime drama, highly exciting, extremely ingenious and downright irresistible 90's masterpiece. Bravo! 10/10.


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