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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

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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

Just before Rita opens the blue box, Betty vanishes, and Rita says "Donde estás?", Spanish for "Where are you?" This is the only time she speaks Spanish in the film, and does not seem to have any clear explanation. It may be connected to the fact that they have just seen a song performed in Spanish ("Llorando"), and to the fact that Laura Elena Harring, who says the line, is originally from Mexico. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Year of the Rat (2003) See more »

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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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A truly unique and dreamlike viewing experience
12 October 2017 | by pere-25366See all my reviews

I can honestly say after watching Mulholland Dr. (2001) that I've never seen anything quite like this... it helps to come into this film with the sole expectation that you are entering a dreamworld. Rather than being presented a straightforward plot with conventional tropes and rules, we are given from Lynch a succession of images, ideas and sensations - in that sense, Mulholland Dr. (2001) really feels closer to a dream than a movie.

To say that David Lynch has a unique cinematic style would be an understatement - as a result, his films can be extremely hit or miss with people. But here, everything just seems to come together so well - the disquieting music coupled with the dreamlike surroundings creates a nightmarish and otherworldly environment to which you simply become a part of. Lynch re-creates the place we all see in our dreams that feels so real and yet is only a part of our subconscious.

There are many highlights in the film (the acting from Naomi Watts and Laura Harring specifically is outstanding) but what resonated the most with me was the beautiful imagery Lynch has crafted in this film. Ambitious in its deliberate approach to avoid conventional plot elements, the pieces of the film are so hard to put together that trying to do so would simply be futile. People have tried to solve its mysteries and contrivances but MD is meant to be left in its bare, enigmatic fragments.

Upon finishing the film, I was left with the same feeling I have waking up from an amazing dream: Unsure of what I had witnessed but stuck reminiscing at the mystery and beauty of it all. And until this point, I had never seen anything quite like this surreal, neo-noir experience. I seriously doubt I will ever come across anything like it again. This is great filmmaking by Lynch and his indisputable masterpiece.


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