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With: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Treat Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Andrew McCarthy, John Malkovich, William Petersen, Rob Lowe, Daniel Baldwin, Aaron Neville
Written by: Pete Dexter
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, violence and language
Running Time: 107
Date: 04/26/1996
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Mulholland Falls (1996)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Reservoir Dudes

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The missing link between Chinatown and Reservoir Dogs, Lee Tamahori's Mulholland Falls introduces a band of independent Los Angeles cops (Nick Nolte, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn and Chazz Palminteri) who drive around wearing hats and beating people up. Tamahori spends a good deal of time showing these cool guys just walking around, crossing the street and entering buildings, just because they look so good.

A plot involves a murdered mistress (Jennifer Connelly, perfectly cast as a 1950s glamourpuss) a scientist (John Malkovich) a jealous wife (Melanie Griffith) a soldier (Treat Williams) and others, and has something to do with nuclear testing, but screenwriter Pete Dexter is no Robert Towne. (Nor is he Curtis Hanson, who did this movie right the following year with L.A. Confidential.) Dexter's idea of a character trait is to put Palminteri's character in therapy and make him talk about it all the time. Despite the convoluted story, though, the amazing cast and Tamahori's command of place and time make Mulholland Falls a decent rental.

Mulholland Falls looks terrific on Kino Lorber's 2014 Blu-ray release. The only extra is a trailer.

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