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Mulholland Drive

Justin Theroux  Actor Naomi Watts  Actor Laura Elena Harring  Actor Ann Miller  Actor Dan Hedaya  Actor


MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Violence,Nudity,Strong Sexual Content,Not For Children

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Mulholland Drive

Theatrical Release Date: 2001 10 12 (USA - Limited) / 2001 10 19 (USA)

UPC: 025192178023

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Violence, Nudity, Strong Sexual Content, Not For Children]

Summary: David Lynch wrote and directed this look at two women who find themselves walking a fine line between truth and deception in the beautiful but dangerous netherworld of Hollywood. A beautiful woman (Laura Elena Harring) riding in a limousine along Los Angeles' Mulholland Drive is targeted by a would-be shooter, but before he can pull the trigger, she is injured when her limo is hit by another car. The woman stumbles from the wreck with a head wound, and in time makes her way into an apartment with no idea of where or who she is. As it turns out, the apartment is home to an elderly woman who is out of town, and is allowing her niece Betty (Naomi Watts) to stay there; Betty is a small-town girl from Canada who wants to be an actress, and her aunt was able to arrange an audition with a film director for her. Betty befriends the injured woman, who begins calling herself "Rita" after seeing a poster of Rita Hayworth. While Betty's audition impresses a casting agent, and she catches the eye of hotshot director Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux), Kesher's producers and moneymen insist with no small vehemence that he instead cast a woman named Camilla Rhodes. As Rita attempts to put the pieces of her life back together, she pulls the name Diane Selwyn from her memory; Rita thinks it could be her real name, but when she and Betty find a listing for Diane Selwyn and visit her apartment, they discover the latest victim of a mysterious killer who is eluding police detective Harry McKnight (Robert Forster). Rita's emotional identity soon takes a left turn, and it turns out that neither woman is quite who she once appeared to be. David Lynch originally conceived Mulholland Drive as the pilot film for a television series; after the ABC television network rejected the pilot and declined to air it, the French production film StudioCanal took over the project, and Lynch reshot and re-edited the material into a theatrical feature. The resulting version of Mulholland Drive premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where David Lynch shared Best Director honors with Joel Coen. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Category: Avant-garde / Exp

Awards: Best Picture – American Film Institute Best Picture – American Film Institute Best Picture – American Film Institute Best Picture – American Film Institute Best Picture – American Film Institute Best Actress – American Film Institute Best Director – American Film Institute Best Composer – American Film Institute Best Picture – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture - Drama – null Best Director – null Best Screenplay – null Best Original Score – null Best Picture – National Society of Film Critics Best Actress – National Society of Film Critics Best Film Music – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Film – French Academy of Cinema Best Picture (Runner-up) – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actress - Runner-up – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director – Cannes Film Festival Best Picture – National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance of the Year – National Board of Review Best Cinematography – Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture [Runner-up] – Toronto Film Critics Association Best Director – Toronto Film Critics Association Best Picture – Chicago Film Critics Association Best Director – Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress – Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture – New York Film Critics Circle Film Presented – Telluride Film Festival Best Original Score – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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Mulholland Drive

Format: DVD

Release Date: 04/09/2002

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Theater Systems

Runtime: 147 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Tom Vick

Early on in Mulholland Drive, a man sits in a Hollywood greasy spoon, relating a dream to a friend sitting across from him. The dream, he explains, took place in the same diner, only in the dream some unspeakably evil presence lived behind it. He's come here now to prove to himself that the dream wasn't real. After paying the check, he and his companion venture outside and walk around to the back of the building. Sure enough, an almost ludicrously hideous face appears from behind a cinder black wall, and the man faints dead away. The scene is pure David Lynch: Simultaneously silly and terrifying, it provides a clue of sorts to the film as a whole. Mulholland Drive operates according to the relentless logic of dreams -- the only kind of logic that matters to Lynch. Like some kind of reverse Occam's razor, the most outlandish explanation for any given situation is inevitably right. The film is full of repeated motifs (the diner is one) and shifting identities, all pivoting on Lynch's familiar obsessions -- sexy innocents ripe for corruption, mysterious strangers speaking in riddles, and sugary pop songs made over as haunting arias, to name a few -- but the connections only become apparent in the film's final third. Lynch plays it relatively straight in the beginning. When wholesome, fresh-faced Betty (Naomi Watts) and beautiful, amnesia-stricken Rita (Laura Elena Harring) embark on their plan to discover Rita's true identity, one almost believes that the answer will lie with the shadowy criminal syndicate that seems to be behind Rita's attempted murder, the near ruination of movie director Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux), and the activities of a hilariously inept hit man who has to keep shooting the witnesses to his bungled handiwork. But after the two women discover Diane Selwyn's corpse, the film's dream logic takes over, and suddenly no one is who they appear to be -- least of all Betty. Newcomer Watts' bold performance makes her eventual transformation (which is set in motion by a genuinely steamy love scene -- a rare thing in recent American movies) all the more stunning. Lynch seems to have benefited from developing the project for television, which isn't very forgiving of unstructured weirdness, and from finishing it thanks to French producers who were willing to indulge his more arcane tastes. Unlike Lost Highway, which felt like an incoherent mishmash of self-consciously spooky incidents, Mulholland Drive's madness has some method to it. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Angelo Badalamenti  Composer (Music Score) 
David Lynch  Director 
David Lynch  Screenwriter 
Alain Sarde  Producer 
Michael Polaire  Producer 
Pierre Edelman  Executive Producer 
Mary Sweeney  Producer 
Tony Krantz  Producer 
Neal Edelstein  Producer 
Justin Theroux  Actor 
Naomi Watts  Actor 
Laura Elena Harring  Actor 
Ann Miller  Actor 
Dan Hedaya  Actor 
Mark Pellegrino  Actor 
Robert Forster  Actor 
Katharine Towne  Actor 
Lee Grant  Actor 
Michael J. Anderson  Actor 
Diane Baker  Actor 
Scott Coffey  Actor 
Billy Ray Cyrus  Actor 
Chad Everett  Actor 
Matt Gallini  Actor 
Melissa George  Actor 
Marcus Graham  Actor 
Sean E. Markland  Actor 
Monty Montgomery  Actor 
James Karen  Actor 

Country: USA