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Mulholland Drive (2001)
"Mulholland Dr." (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  19 October 2001 (USA)
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After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty / Diane Selwyn
Jeanne Bates ...
Dan Birnbaum ...
Rita / Camilla Rhodes (as Laura Elena Harring)
Randall Wulff ...
Limo Driver (as Scott Wulff)
Maya Bond ...
Joseph Kearney ...
Enrique Buelna ...
Richard Mead ...


A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A woman in search of stardom. A woman in search of herself - in the city of dreams. A key to a mystery - lies somewhere on Mulholland Drive. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mulholland Drive  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$587,591 (USA) (12 October 2001)


$7,219,578 (USA) (3 May 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the way to audition for her part as Camilla Rhodes/Rita, Laura Harring was in a minor car accident. See more »


When Adam Kesher leaves the meeting to smash the limo's windows, the crew is reflected in the window across the street, pushing the cameraman and dolly. See more »


[first lines]
Betty Elms: Oh! I can't believe it!
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Crazy Credits

In the credits to Mulholland Dr., actor Chad Everett is mistakenly listed as playing Jimmy Katz; the name of Everett's character is actually Woody Katz. See more »


References Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »


Mountains Falling
Written by David Lynch and John Neff
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love lynch, or hate lynch, admit he's a master
28 January 2002 | by (melbourne, australia) – See all my reviews

"twin peaks" and "blue velvet" have always been two of my favourite pieces of film-making, and even though past films by lynch have been slightly disappointing for me they have always been worth watching a number of times. to be pretentious, lynch can be like a good wine - he must be savoured and mulled over. but in the end you must make up your own mind about what you have seen, for lynch never gives you the full answers.

many people will walk out of "mulholland drive" possibly wanting to throttle themselves over the mind-bending visual jigsaw puzzle that has just unfolded before them. but there is a twisted logic to this film, you just have to look for the clues. betty (naomi watts) arrives in hollywood, doe-eyed and in search of stardom. she then finds an amnesiac in her bathroom who has escaped from an attempted murder on mulholland drive. together they try to uncover the secrets behind the amnesiac's life. this all leads to a club called silencio, where a blue box will reveal all. and that is when the film throws everything out the window. people we thought we knew are entirely different people altogether... is it a dream? a reminiscence about life's previous escapades? you will either love this film or hate it. david lynch always draws such extreme reactions from his viewers. but as his universe itself is always about extremes, it is fitting that his films provoke such reactions.

It is best to look at this film thematically, rather than as a straight-forward narrative. and appreciate the fact that lynch is a film-maker who will still let you draw your own conclusions. he has had many imitators as of late, particularly in "vanilla sky", where a mind-bending film decides to give you all the answers in the last rushed five minutes, and you will probably forget about that film as soon as you walk out of the cinema. mulholland drive will haunt you.

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