This film is about the adventures of a 1940's special anti-gangster police squad in Los Angeles, the infamous 'Hat Squad.' The four members of this squad are big, tough, no-nonsense cops who don't hesitate to break the law, if it suits their purposes. When a local woman is murdered, their investigation turns up the fact that she had been romantically linked to several prominent men and had secret films taken of her liaisons. Since one of those men is the powerful U.S. Army General at the head of the then-new Atomic Energy Commission and another is the (married) leader of the Hat Squad, complications ensue. The FBI even gets involved in an attempted cover-up.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Body count: 6 (not counting the pilot whose fate is unknown). See more »
In opening scene of Jennifer Connelly's boudoir, she is shown smoking a 100mm cigarette. Other characters, including Nick Nolte, smoke similar cigarettes throughout. The first such cigarette in 100 mm length was introduced only later, in 1966, by R.J. Reynolds. Until 1966, "King Size" (roughly 80-85 mm) was the longest cigarette available. See more »
Mulholland Falls(1996) has a good premise but fails to realize its potential as a great film. The depiction of The Hat squad is good and the image of L.A. during the early 50s is beautiful. The rest of the film lifts ideas that were better realized in films like The Big Heat(1953), and Chinatown(1974). Another complaint I have of this movie is that Jennifer Connelly has very little screen time and I would have liked to see more of her because she has a presence that overshadows the other actors(her character is the only person to sympathize with). Mulholland Falls(1996) would be remade in a sense a year later as L.A. Confidential(1997).
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