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Mulholland Dr. (2001)

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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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David Lynch

Writer:

David Lynch
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 47 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Betty / Diane Selwyn
Jeanne Bates ... Irene
Dan Birnbaum ... Irene's Companion
Laura Harring ... Rita / Camilla Rhodes (as Laura Elena Harring)
Randall Wulff Randall Wulff ... Limo Driver (as Scott Wulff)
Robert Forster ... Detective McKnight
Brent Briscoe ... Detective Domgaard
Maya Bond Maya Bond ... Aunt Ruth
Patrick Fischler ... Dan
Michael Cooke ... Herb
Bonnie Aarons ... Bum
Michael J. Anderson ... Mr. Roque
Joseph Kearney Joseph Kearney ... Roque's Manservant
Enrique Buelna ... Back of Head Man
Richard Mead Richard Mead ... Hairy-Armed Man
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Storyline

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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A Love Story In The City Of Dreams See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mulholland Drive See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$587,591, 14 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,220,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,112,339
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director David Lynch once proposed a Twin Peaks (1990) spin-off focusing on Audrey Horne's life after moving to Hollywood. Naomi Watts and Robert Forster both appeared in the revived Twin Peaks (2017). See more »

Goofs

The Sony-brand telephone that Betty and Rita use to call Diane Selwyn has separate buttons for 'on' and 'off' functions. However, Betty presses the 'on' button to turn the phone off following the call. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rita: What are you doing? We don't stop here.
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Crazy Credits

The only time we see the full title spelled out is at the end of the end credits; during the opening credits there is only a street sign that says "Mulholland Dr". See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD and VHS versions of the film were self-censored by Lynch for sexual content. He had an additional blurring effect added to 's crotch in the scene where she climbs into bed with 'Naomi Watts (I)'. The blurring was requested by himself because he disapproved of nude pictures of Harring being distributed on the Internet. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cabin Fever: Beneath the Skin (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Crying
(Llorando)
Written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson
Performed by Rebekah Del Rio
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By Arrangement with Bobkind Music
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Mastery in surrealism; one of, if not Lynch's' best film
29 June 2018 | by Leray97See all my reviews

And here I thought Inception was the best dream related movie I've ever seen.. Mulholland Drive easily takes the cake given how the plot is structured. From a general standpoint, no other film has left such a lasting impact on me like Mulholland Drive; it's dreamlike story which also boasts some unique horror elements have not left my mind since I've watched it and probably won't ever do so, which I'm not entirely opposed to.

Lynchian visuals are always going to be one of the highlights of any Lynch film. In this case, the way light bounces off figures in certain long takes/sequences along with the ambient music masterfully composed by Angelo Badalamenti created a very dreamlike atmosphere. Almost whimsical in a way, but definitely foreboding in other aspects. Speaking of dreams, its just so impressive how David Lynch is able to completely blur the line between dreams and reality in this movie. For a fair portion of the film we're given fragments of a story then led to believe and care for it up until we as the audience are taken by surprise and given another narrative. The specific plot elements Lynch chooses to flip are so unexpected and thus more appreciated as well. However much we accept or reject the "new" reality is ultimately up to us but in the end, Lynch's message is a bit more clear. A film director who has a very specific idea for a story and sticks to it all the way through is deserving of all the praise they can get, especially when done in a successful fashion such as Mulholland Drive.

The two biggest schools of thought about films are that they should either be politically and/or socially significant in its portrayal of certain relevant ideas or that films should depict a "magical" world that the viewer can immerse themselves into for a while and think on the experience afterwards. I didn't watch Mulholland Drive much more than I felt it. It's hard to contextualize my ideas because not only do I have almost no idea about what I'm saying, Lynch seems to favor the style of film making that's aimed towards making the audience feel things upon losing themselves in Lynch's world. From him using cinema to dig into the audience's psyche, I'm not surprised that some people can dislike this movie just as others, myself included, will absolutely love it and the idea of it.


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