Mulholland Falls

Year: 1996
Studio: MGM
Director: Lee Tamahori
Producer: Richard D Zanuck
Cast: Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Treat Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Daniel Baldwin, Andrew McCarthy, John Malkovich
I can't remember if the official movie marketing termed the cast the Hat Squad or it was a nickname adopted by the earnest - at times desperate - attempt at film noir.

All the trappings are there, the seemingly random murder of a femme fatale that leads to a cover-up of monumental government scale.

Nolte leads the brood of hard-boiled plainclothes detectives and an impressive cast in a movie that didn't make enough of an impact to stick with me, but I seem to remember it being a fairly solid stab at the 40s/LA/corruption/noir genre.

Not too long after Once Were Warriors, this was the period where Tamahori could have made a distinctive name for himself instead of the studio hack he is today.

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