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Story

Pandora couldn't resist opening the forbidden box containing all the delusions of mankind, and let's just say David Lynch, in Mulholland Drive, indulges a similar impulse. Employing a familiar film noir atmosphere to unravel, as he coyly puts it, "a love story in the city of dreams," Lynch establishes a foreboding but playful narrative in the film's first half before subsuming all of Los Angeles and its corrupt ambitions into his voyeuristic universe of desire. Identities exchange, amnesia proliferates, and nightmare visions are induced, but not before we've become enthralled by the film's two main characters: the dazed and sullen femme fatale, Rita (Laura Elena Harring), and the pert blonde just-arrived from Ontario (played exquisitely by Naomi Watts) who decides to help Rita regain her memory. Triggered by a rapturous Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison's "Crying," Lynch's best film since Blue Velvet splits glowingly into two equally compelling parts. --Fionn Meade

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Naomi WattsBetty Elms/Diane Selwyn
Laura HarringRita
Ann MillerCatherine 'Coco' Lenoix
Dan HedayaVincenzo Castigliane
Justin TherouxAdam Kesher
Brent BriscoeDetective Neal Domgaard
Robert ForsterDetective Harry McKnight
Katharine TowneCynthia Jenzen
Lee GrantLouise Bonner
Scott CoffeyWilkins
Billy Ray CyrusGene
Chad EverettJimmy Katz
Rita TaggartLinney James
James KarenWally Brown
Lori HeuringLorraine Kesher
Angelo BadalamentiLuigi Castigliani
Michael Des BarresBilly Deznutz
Marcus GrahamVincent Darby
Patrick FischlerDan
David SchroederRobert Smith
Melissa GeorgeCamilla Rhodes
Mark PellegrinoJoe Messing
Wayne GraceBob Brooker
Michele HicksNicki Pelazza

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It's hard to even categorize this movie into one single genre, as it covers a bit of...

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: David Lynch
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 145 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
    EuropeJan 4, 2002
    JapanFeb 16, 2002
    AustraliaJan 31, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    EuropeSep 13, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 2, 2003
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