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Mulholland Falls
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Doesn't live up to the plunge."
3 stars

1950s period-pulp, rotating, or actually singling-out Nick Nolte from his quartet of rogue L.A. cops.

Mulholland Falls. 1950s period-pulp, rotating, or actually singling-out Nick Nolte from his quartet of rogue L.A. cops. He receives a reel of tape with footage of a prominent military brain fooling around with a popular whore who Nolte’s character has made the rounds with, too. And this evidence might have some purpose since that same whore recently turned up dead, facedown in a construction site with every imaginable bone in her body broken. Mulholland Falls has a pretty solid beginning, and a solid wrap-up and explanation, but in working its way towards the middle, the movie gets doughy and crumbly. Lee Tamahori transitions to American films after his successful outing with the New Zealand film Once Were Warriors, and though he has a control, a complacency and sure-footedness to his pacing and unreeling of plot, some of that mushy center tracks the dirt onto the clean carpet of the rest. It’s disappointing in the sense that from those tough structures at the beginning and end, that what flows in the interim—which I can attest to that it isn’t that bad—but when you juxtapose it, or place that middle in context to the rest, it has a harder time standing unpolished and alone. The rest speaks for itself, the impressive cast collectively does their “thing,” surely a collection all on its own. But there still is a certain flair of the time period that is absent, or only partially attentive, and that too, is disappointing. Despite the alluring, grabby title that sort of lifts the imagination into a state of being high, it’s an irrelevant one, a tease, an opportunity that knocked but found residence elsewhere. Jennifer Connelly, as the trampled tramp did a much better Betty Page as Betty Page in The Rocketeer (though renamed for cinematic purposes to Dave Stevens’ real life model counterpart), and did a much better job of being sultry in Hot Spot in defiance of her co-staring with Don Johnson.

With Chazz Palminteri, Melanie Griffith, John Malkovich, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, and Treat Williams.

Final Verdict: B-.

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2/01/12 Monday Morning 90% style, 10% substance. 3 stars
7/12/10 Stopher Deepest line. "Are you OK, Max?" ad nauseum 2 stars
12/20/09 Gene Ross Nolte has never been an outstanding actor but in this he's tolerable.Strong perfomances fro 3 stars
8/12/09 Tiffany I was confused from beging to end & i watched twice. 1 stars
6/02/06 Jack Sommersby A good, stylish murder mystrey with a very good cast. 4 stars
7/25/05 Eric Rollins Well made just not terribly interesting 3 stars
5/16/05 Chris Stephens Likes it all the way until the ending bombed 3 stars
6/06/04 John this concept with this cast should have been great - a wasted opportunity 1 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Watchable, but overlong "Chinatown" rip-off. 3 stars
12/08/03 John Bale Nolte grumbles his way through with a fine cast, but mostly predicable Untouchables stuff. 3 stars
12/06/03 R.W. Welch Borderline campy at times but engrossing plot line. 3 stars
2/07/03 Allison Lafferty Geez - what's with this wave of girls named Allison dying in airplanes? bordrline avg/p.bad 3 stars
8/23/01 Jed I found it to be quite engrossing. Give it a shot and judge for yourself. 4 stars
12/01/98 Mr.Pink Tamahori doesn't fulfill his promise with this big dissapointment. 2 stars
8/28/98 Johny I fell asleep in the theater. Boring. 1 stars
8/25/98 Pete Considering the cast I was very let down. Avoid this flick. 2 stars
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  26-Apr-1995 (R)
  DVD: 02-Nov-2004



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