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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?


Of the 17 tracks featured on the Mulholland Dr. CD, only track ('Diane & Camilla') is omitted from the film's soundtrack. Conversely, from the film's soundtrack, only track ('Sixteen Reasons') is omitted from the Mulholland Dr. CD. See more »


When Rita is walking to after from the accident the cut on the right side of her head disappears and reappears. Also, even though the blood is obviously dry, the blood pattern is completely different each time. 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 »


Referenced in I Know Who Killed Me (2007) See more »


Sixteen Reasons
Written by Doree Post and Bill Post
Performed by Connie Stevens
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

Where does it begin and end??
30 November 2001 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

Hitchcock would be proud of this movie. Even when nothing happens, it is suspenseful. Director David Lynch overuses a few cheap thrill tricks here and there, but he intersperses them with other cinematographic techniques to keep it from becoming obtuse.

Altogether surreal, this movie is like waking up and remembering most of a dream but not enough to make it sensible. I am still trying to figure it all out and will probably have to see it again to catch things I missed and which may help me understand it better. It is a very detailed plot that very slowly comes together, so you must be patient and pay attention. Get your bathroom trip out of the way before it starts. And yet, the plot is overshadowed by the theme, the mood, the character development, and the filming techniques.

The dual roles of the main actress, Naomi Watts, showcase her enormous talent. That is, when I could get my eyes off of her co-star. What an acting pair.

Lynch surprises throughout the movie with unusual camera angles, the length/timing of editing cuts, jumping back and forth between scenes. Combined with smart use of music and sounds, it all helps to build suspense in our minds, doubtless a major objective of the director. Well, he kept me on the edge of my seat, even had me talking to the actors to be careful here, and not be so naive there. You know, the kind of stuff you want to smack your kids for doing at the movies.

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