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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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Lee Tamahori

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Peter Dexter (story) (as Pete Dexter), Floyd Mutrux (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Max Hoover
Melanie Griffith ... Katherine Hoover
Chazz Palminteri ... Elleroy Coolidge
Michael Madsen ... Eddie Hall
Chris Penn ... Arthur Relyea
Treat Williams ... Colonel Nathan Fitzgerald
Jennifer Connelly ... Allison Pond
Daniel Baldwin ... McCafferty
Andrew McCarthy ... Jimmy Fields
John Malkovich ... General Thomas Timms
Kyle Chandler ... Captain
Ed Lauter ... Earl
Larry Garrison ... Perino's Maitre d'
Chelsea Harrington Chelsea Harrington ... Lolita
Johnna Johnson Johnna Johnson ... Bar 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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The power of love vs. the love of power See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abuso de poder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,306,221, 28 April 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,500,000
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Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Black and White (home movie sequences)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The car driven by The Hats is a 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible, with its famous four round "Ventiports" on its front fenders. See more »

Goofs

It is assumed that they drove from Los Angeles to the Nevada Atomic test sites, as no atomic testing ever took place in California. Even in 2019, the one way driving time is over 4 hours. In the early 1950's, it would have been longer, and that does not take into consideration the time to go out to any of the test site entrances. The scenes where they supposedly do this, is accomplished in the daylight of a single day. See more »

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[first lines]
Perino's Maitre d': Good evening, gentlemen can I check your hats, please?
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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) 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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Atmosphere, Photography Outshine The Story
24 February 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As a fan film noir, I loved the 1940s and '50s period atmosphere in this movie. This particular story takes place in the early 1950s. Parts of this reminded me of "Chinatown," but this film doesn't have the impact of that one. It's just not as memorable.

You get an idea that this might be another cops-or government officials-are-a- little-over the top when you see who plays them: Nick Nolte, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Chazz Palminteri, Treat Williams, Bruce Dern, John Malkovich, Ed Lauter, Andrew McCarthy, etc. Those guys usually play crooks, not cops. Same with the women in here. Jennifer Connelly and Melanie Griffith aren't exactly Irene Dunne and Doris Day!

We also see CSI star William Petersen playing a Chicago mobster! Unbilled in this film were Louise Fletcher, of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" fame, and Rob Lowe.

This story is a rough-edged for my tastes, with the normal political agendas (government is bad.....again) thrown in here and there, but what I really liked - outside of the look, the "whodunit" angle and the deep cast, was Haskell Wexler's photography. He makes it fun to watch, even if it is no "Chinatown" or "The Big Sleep."


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