Film: Mulholland Falls
Mulholland Falls is a 1996 Film Noir starring Nick Nolte as the head of an elite squad of LAPD detectives in 1953 investigating the murder of a young woman (Jennifer Connelly) that has been linked to a general in the Atomic Energy Commission (John Malkovich).
This film provides examples of:
- Betty and Veronica: Max is torn between Allison (brunette) and his wife Katharine (blonde).
- Death Is Dramatic: All strings are being pulled with the death of Elleroy:
- It starts with an I'm Cold... So Cold....
- Then Elleroy collapses and does a Mortal Wound Reveal.
- Next he breaks into a Final Speech.
- Max tries a How Dare You Die on Me!.
- Elleroy finished with It Has Been an Honor.
- Then he Dies in Max's Arms.
- The following Meaningful Funeral is accompanied by Disturbed Doves.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Surprisingly Max doesn't get to keep Katharine.
- Genre Savvy: Madsen's taunts Penn's character that he'd seen too many movies when trying to shoot open the military gate. It turned out to be the better option after all.
- Groin Attack: Twice, in the parkade fight and during the final plane combat.
- Hannibal Lecture: The general likes to give those to Max.
- Happy Flashback: Max's back story with Allison Pond is explored through flashbacks of memorable moments they shared.
- Love Triangle: Max is torn between Allison and Katharine. He eventually chooses the latter.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jennifer Connelly! 'nuff said.
- Not So Different: The general draws a connection between himself and Max during their first encounter on the military base.
- Shoot Out the Lock: Doubly Subverted. See Genre Savvy above.
- Smoking Is Cool: Mandatory for film-noir.
- Spiritual Successor: To Chinatown.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Mc Cafferty suffers a Death by Irony when being tossed off the plane in the same way he got rid of Allison.
- Title Drop: "This is Mulholland Falls, Jack."
- Where Do You Think You Are?: "You guys can't do this. This is America." — "This isn't America, Jack. This is L.A."
- Your Cheating Heart: Allison is cheating on her husband.