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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

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An actress longing to be a star. A woman searching for herself. Both worlds will collide...on Muholland 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?


The set of reels that was distributed to the movie theaters included a computer-written, photocopied note from David Lynch himself giving special instructions to the projectionists worldwide. Specifically, he didn't want the movie to be centered vertically on the screen but rather to "allow more overhead" as the term in projectionist's slang, that is to let the top part of the frame be more visible than the bottom part. This is because the film was originally made for TV, with an aspect ratio of 1:1.78 (or 16:9) in mind - without the projectionists' manual correction, the aspect ratio of the theatrical release (1:1.85) would have resulted in heads being cut off at the top of the silver screen. Lynch also asked to raise the volume of the theater's sound system by two decibels when the film was playing. The note ended with the words "Your friend, David Lynch". 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

Credits have the movie director's name as 'Bob Booker' (not 'Brooker' as we hear). Furthermore, many of the characters' names are simply not mentioned at all during the course of the film (Billy Deznutz, Joe Messing, Bondar, etc.) but their character's names are all listed in the closing credits. See more »


References Sullivan's Travels (1941) See more »


Pretty 50's
Written by David Lynch and John Neff
Performed by David Lynch and John Neff
By Arrangement with Bobkind Music
From the album "Blue Bob"
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User Reviews

Mulholland Drive? That's where I was going!
29 April 2005 | by (Berlin, GER) – See all my reviews

The case history of 'Mulholland Dr.' is known: What should had been another excursion (after 'Twin Peaks') into the rivaled field of TV-series ended up abruptly after completing the pilot. It was too risky and twisted for the producers to venture an investment. Lynch used all the filmed and cut material and started new shootings to finish a completely new feature film. The result: One of the most impressive cinema experiences of this decade which can be ranked among the best works of David Lynch. His earlier movies 'Eraserhead', 'Blue Velvet' or 'Wild at Heart' kept aloof in an irritating way which hustled the viewer into the role of a voyeur, but never involved him as part of the plot happening such as here.

'Mulholland Dr.' is a puzzle where pieces are missing, others obviously were taken from 'Eraserhead' and 'Lost Highway', but it never seemed to be unfinished work. In the internet I came across with a lot of instructions and essays to explain this film. I am aware now that it loses its magic when you try to decipher it completely. All those detailed solution explanations are not only waste but also the questionable attempt to offer an answer where no such thing is completely required. Imagine this scenario: A little child is dissecting his teddy bear to find out where the secret and the specific of that bear lies. Is it because it wants to destroy his toy? Does the secret lie in the teddy bear or actually in the heart of the child? Transferring this to 'Mulholland Dr.' it means innocence is one of the most important conditions to watch and appreciate it.

David Lynch succeeds not only to picture the surface of human behavior life but also to grapple with everything beneath that. Human desires, dreams, obsessions and fears - all that what remains unspoken; emotions that are often repressed. 'Mulholland Dr.' has the intensity calling for a cast that completely takes issue with the substance. Actresses and actors who are ready to follow the visions of the director selflessly.Laura Elena Harring, Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux solve their task in such an impressing way that you wouldn't want or couldn't imagine another cast. While their acting at the beginning seems to be a little superimposed you soon will realize that this stereo typing is set in with a purpose to manipulate the viewer and to baffle him as soon as the red thread of the film is visible.

When you claim the criterion of a well made film in being able to lose yourself and dive into what you see on screen than Lynch succeeded in making a masterpiece. A modern masterpiece that manifest David Lynch's status as one of the most important, creative and courageous directors of the present. Like every film maker who go beyond the limits he is confronted with criticism and ignorance. This will fade as soon as you find the individual key to Lynch's world of films. 'Mulholland Dr.' is more than just a sleeper – it is a must see for everyone who loves ambitious cinema. And besides, the film is a pay-off with Hollywood, in form and content, which in that distinctness was hardly dared before.

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