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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

  • Release date:October 8, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
American Film Institute Michael Polaire Best Picture 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Neal Edelstein Best Picture 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Peter Deming Best Cinematography 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Tony Krantz Best Picture 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Angelo Badalamenti Best Composer 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Angelo Badalamenti Best Film Music 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Angelo Badalamenti Best Original Score 2001 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Naomi Watts Best Actress - Runner-up 2001 Winner
National Board of Review Naomi Watts Breakthrough Performance of the Year 2001 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Naomi Watts Best Actress 2001 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Naomi Watts Best Actress 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Naomi Watts Best Actress 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mary Sweeney Best Editing 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Mary Sweeney Best Picture 2001 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association David Lynch Best Director 2001 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association David Lynch Best Director 2001 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association David Lynch Best Director 2001 Winner
Cannes Film Festival David Lynch Best Director 2001 Winner
American Film Institute David Lynch Best Director 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Lynch Best Director 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Lynch Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Lynch Best Director 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Alain Sarde Best Picture 2001 Nominee

Cast

Justin Theroux
as Adam Kesher
Naomi Watts
as Betty Elms
Laura Elena Harring
as Rita
Ann Miller
as Coco Lenoix
Dan Hedaya
as Vincenzo Castigliane
Mark Pellegrino
as Joe
Robert Forster
as Det. Harry McKnight
Katharine Towne
as Cynthia Jenzen
Lee Grant
as Louise Bonner
Michael J. Anderson
as Mr. Roque
Diane Baker
Scott Coffey
as Wilkins
Billy Ray Cyrus
as Gene
Chad Everett
as Jimmy Katz
Matt Gallini
as Limo Driver
Melissa George
as Camilla Rhodes
Marcus Graham
as Vincent Darby
Monty Montgomery
as Cowboy
James Karen
as Casting Director

Crew

David Lynch
Director
Tony Krantz
Producer
Mary Sweeney
Producer
Michael Polaire
Producer
Neal Edelstein
Producer
Alain Sarde
Producer
David Lynch
Screenwriter
Peter Deming
Cinematographer
Angelo Badalamenti
Composer (Music Score)
Mary Sweeney
Editor
Jack Fisk
Production Designer
Peter Jamison
Art Director
Pierre Edelman
Executive Producer
Amy Stofsky
Costume Designer
David Lynch
Sound/Sound Designer
Ed Novick
Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Cotone
First Assistant Director
Scott Cameron
First Assistant Director
Johanna Ray
Casting
Christine Kim
Assistant Editor
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