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4.0 out of 5 stars Mulholland Falls
Mulholland Falls is a visually stunning film. The sets and costumes are so accurate they verge on the edge of obsession and provide a fantastic backdrop for the film's plot.
Slightly on the negative side though, the actually storyline is pretty pedestrian and although it ticks along nicely enough it doesn't have that vital hook to really capture the audience and get...
Published on 22 April 2005 by Rich Milligan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Slick facade- but does it hide anything?
This is a film I should hate.
The fact that I bought this goes to prove there must be something good about it: a mood perhaps? a message? or is it just a good thriller with a twist?
In a nutshell it's a murder mystery set in the 50's with the good guys (the cops) biting off more than they can chew in the shape of the military.
A great cast, interesting...
Published on 25 May 2004 by marcusmuck


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mulholland Falls, 22 April 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mulholland Falls [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
Mulholland Falls is a visually stunning film. The sets and costumes are so accurate they verge on the edge of obsession and provide a fantastic backdrop for the film's plot.
Slightly on the negative side though, the actually storyline is pretty pedestrian and although it ticks along nicely enough it doesn't have that vital hook to really capture the audience and get them caught up it in all.
Although I wouldn't call the cast "all star" by any stretch of the imagination, it's one of those films at which you are constantly recognising actor after actor, and then try to spend the next few minutes racking your brain to remember where you've seen him before. "Oh look, it's thingy from that other film.....um thingy!" is a repeated phrase!
Nick Nolte can play the gravelled voiced hard cop as well as any and he gives another fine turn here. Well supported by two of the Reservoir Dogs, Michael Madsen and Christopher Penn and in particular, special mention to the other member of the squad, Chazz Palminteri who gives as fine performance as Nolte's partner.
As I say plenty of other faces to recognise including Andrew McCarthy, John Malkovich and Rob Lowe.
For a huge slice of 50's nostalgia then you really can't beat it. Classic cars, superb suits and hats and a real feel for the beginning of the Cold War suspicion that was starting to run through all aspects of American life.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slick facade- but does it hide anything?, 25 May 2004
This review is from: Mulholland Falls [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
This is a film I should hate.
The fact that I bought this goes to prove there must be something good about it: a mood perhaps? a message? or is it just a good thriller with a twist?
In a nutshell it's a murder mystery set in the 50's with the good guys (the cops) biting off more than they can chew in the shape of the military.
A great cast, interesting script, well shot & directed (Lee Tamahori has directed some of my favorites)- it's not brilliant but it has that feel........
Evocative of the 50's- great cars, snazzy suits and everyone chain smokes! There's a feeling that something rotten lies beneath the veneer. Even the good guys have things to hide.
It's very slick (someone else mentions 'The Untouchables' & I agree) and you could easily dismiss this as a 'star formula' film with the requisite 'emotional' scenes, some violence & a political message.
It's cheap, it's easy to watch so buy it and make your own mind up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars violence, brutality and hats!!!, 20 Feb 2002
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A simple tale of hat wearing cops who bully and harrass their to the truth behind a hooker's death. Nolte leads a heavyweight cast in an unsophisticated and uncomplicated story of military cover ups and murder. The plethora of well known faces in 'cameo' parts and the bulk of the hat wearers reduced to a series of supporting 'star turns' lead this viewer to think about post production stuido tinkering. Well, this version is good. Maybe an untinkered with version is better. We'll probably never know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars There ain't no falls in L.A., 25 Aug 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Mulholland Falls is directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Chazz Palminteri, Melanie Griffith, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Jennifer Connelly, Treat Williams, John Malkovich, Bruce Dern and Andrew McCarthy. Music is by Dave Grusin and cinematography by Haskell Wexler.

1950s Los Angeles and four unorthodox detectives led by Maxwell Hoover (Nolte) are called in to investigate the death of a young woman found crushed at a construction site. The woman is revealed to be an aspiring actress who had recently had a relationship with the married Hoover. Can is open, and worms everywhere, and following those worms leads Hoover down murky avenues...

It's the almost nearly great neo-noir movie, everything looks right in principal, it has a strongly assembled cast, the 50s visuals and cinematography are splendid, and the murder mystery element of the plot - with some added sex, sizzle and nuclear shenanigans - looks promising on the page. Yet it never delivers on that promise of being something dark, to be a labyrinthine noir thriller beating a black heart.

It starts off so well, based on the infamous "Hat Squad" we reasonably expect the story to expand upon the opening macho machinations of the four tough hombres in the hats, but instead away from Nolte's grizzled Hoover, the other three guys are merely dressed up props. Which means there's some good actors wasted, sadly.

As the plot moves slowly forward the investigation and Hoover character axis becomes less interesting. Griffith came in for some critical grief for a lacklustre performance, but she's done no favours by the writers who fail to give her marriage to Hoover any substance. So when things go pear shaped and the characters of Mr and Mrs Hoover should explode on the screen, we really don't care having had no interest previously to hang our emotional being on.

It all builds to what can best be described as a poor pay off, the resolution to the hinted at muddy mystery is hardly shocking, and the "big" face-off sequence between good and bad guys (or bad and bad if you prefer) is about as exciting as watching paint dry. It's not an awful movie, but it is a very disappointing one. A film where a bit more thought given by the producers could have yielded so much more. 5/10
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what you would expect!, 3 Aug 2001
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This film is great, if you like trying to read the minds of the characters. It has a very 'Untouchables' air to it and a few twists in the tail. The team of agents play by their own rules, rightly or wrongly, which makes you wonder for the entire film what they might do next! Coupled with the uncertainty of what they may do next, there is a real feeling of frustration which the team face when there are too many people standing in the way of what's right. The film has a way of teasing you so that you are gripped for the duration. ...and the wardrobe team do a cracking job... true style!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Feel is Right., 1 Jan 2014
This review is from: Mulholland Falls [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
I only just discovered this film. On watching it proved to be quite a good film, well acted and with a decent script although now perhaps a little dated in terms of subject matter but a good depiction of the era it represents.

It's a, kind of, cross between 'Chinatown' and 'L.A Confidential'. Worth a watch, try not to buy the Dutch import it's subtitled, in English for some reason, and they are not editable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, 22 Jun 2013
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A quite good little story,Nick Nolte has a very strong charechter in the movie,watchable not a turn off whatsoever,hence the 3 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars don`t make films like this anymore!, 7 May 2013
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2nd best Quote from Nick Nolte as a gangster is pushed off a hilltop: This will always be your way back to Chicago!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars mullholland rises and rises, 26 July 2011
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Mr. R. D. Howlett (kent,england) - See all my reviews
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Just thought i would add my say on this film.saw this movie when it came out and decided it was o.k. rewatched not so long ago and revised my opinon.The film is actuallly much better then I first gave it credit for,maybe i just appreciate film noir more now. All the acting is of at least good standard,with one or two superb performaces. the story is strong enough to support the film. In a nutshell if you like `5OS noir your like it. that said its no classic. but is on a par with L.A CONFERDENTAL. if it was made back in the classic noir period it would be considered a bit more,maybe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic ., 16 July 2011
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David McDonald (Kirkcaldy in Fife .) - See all my reviews
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This wee gem which stars the ever popular Nick Nolte is a great film about 4 stand up guys who are cops and they do not like the bad guys who infiltrate their territory , so they tell them off in no uncertain terms with a cosh or 4.
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