1996 – Mulholland Falls

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h47m. Crime / Thriller. Directed by Lee Tamahori. Written by Pete Dexter (screenplay) and Pete Dexter, Floyd Mutrux (story). Cinematography by Haskell Wexler. Edited by Sally Menke. Music by Dave Grusin. Starring Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Treat Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Andrew McCarthy, John Malkovich, Daniel Baldwin, Kyle Chandler, William L. Petersen, Aaron Neville, Rob Lowe, Bruce Dern, Louise Fletcher.

Nolte plays the head of an elite group of four Los Angeles Police Department detectives (based on the real life ‘Hat Squad’) who are known for stopping at nothing to maintain control of their jurisdiction. Their work has the tacit approval of LA’s police chief (Bruce Dern).

1997 – U Turn

★★★☆☆ USA. 2h5m. Crime / Thriller. Directed by Oliver Stone. Written by John Ridley, Oliver Stone (screenplay) and John Ridley (“Stray Dogs”). Cinematography by Robert Richardson. Edited by Hank Corwin, Thomas J. Nordberg. Music by Ennio Morricone. Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Claire Danes, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight.

A neo-noir thriller about a drifter who ends up stranded in a small town, where he gets involved in a murder plot.