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Watch Mulholland Drive (Original Television Pilot)

Watch the entire, original television pilot version of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
This post was published a while ago. Please keep its age in mind and if you find any errors, feel free to comment.

Mulholland Drive, David Lynch’s surreal thriller starring Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring and Justin Theroux, Watch Mulholland Drivewas originally conceived as a television pilot for ABC. But the television executives hated it. David Lynch agreed that the cut was too slow, but due to time constraints a hasty recut would’ve made it lose its texture, storylines and overall finesse.

The director acknowledges that there are 300 tape copies of the bad version circulating around: “Lots of people have seen it, which is embarrassing, because they’re bad-quality tapes, too. I don’t want to think about it”. And guess what, one of these tapes just made it to the Interwebs.

Keep in mind that the feature film version went on to win the Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director Award) at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Director, so don’t watch this low quality rip if you haven’t seen the movie yet. For those who have, but are short on time, check out the open-ended last minutes…


UPDATE: The video has been removed. Here are two deleted scenes from the pilot instead.



A thorough analysis of the differences between the original script, the TV pilot and the feature film can be found here. Hat tip to Rory Marinich.

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  1. Dave says:

    you have watched 72 minutes of video today 🙁 F…. Megavideo!

  2. Don says:

    The Cowboy(in “Heaven purity” white with a red bandana on his throat) tells Adam he’ll see him again twice, making 3 times by the end. Adam is in a withdrawn mood&dark toned black outfit. Justin disobeys the divine words spoken to him andcends up with a hit put out on him. Adam is Judas and the Cowboy is both Jesus and the red throated rooster crowing 3 times before Adam’s killed for betraying the prideful creator/dreamer allowing him his position if he does their will/hires the prideful actor.
    The Dykes descend down stairs toward a red circle/hell where a goateed man/satan speaks of the silence there, where we can only hear about crying/sadness existing. Crying, they’re reborn together with the promise of a new blue key/one woman suffers in hell before returning to earth. In the apartment, Rita(the creator who made Diane in her own likeness,) disappears as she seems to have moved into the blue box/Jesus’ spirit ascending into the blue sky as body&spirit are separated/God’s tear hits the Earth and the ground separates. Over a course of 3 blackouts passing with 3 visitors, the Godly Cowboy figure tells Diane to wake up, the land lady is shown and her neighbor who sees the key to the blue box/heaven is shown recieving what belongs to her from Diane. Then Diane realizes she doesn’t have Camilla/Rita and is told she can watch but doesn’t, loses her&can’t see her face anymore/the other crucified man is offered salvation but doesn’t believe in Jesus and his eyes are plucked out. Camilla/Rita, who goes by numerous names&is represented by 3 different forms of the chosen one, the created body&the dreaming mind, has her story retold(slightly different) by Diane as she tells prophecy of a child/bible has stories told by dufferent authors. Diane is scared for a long time and kills herself for thoughts of all the people/Jesus goes through time in Hell after sacrificing himself for love of all.
    What do you think about it? While watching MD I wrote these ideas as they came. I think these Biblical references are told out of order vecause some parts of Jesus life are told and retold at different points through different authors, who received the story in visions in their dreams! A soundtrack title was “The Beast.” Now it’s done playing. There were MANY, MANY more biblical references I noticed too. I hacen’t read much on this site, so this may be old news, but I had to.

  3. Audrey says:

    Link isn’t working for me, please update?

  4. .i says:

    sounds nice — but there is no video. (?)

  5. Brian says:

    Can you tell how long the preferred uncut pilot was and if any of these versions on the web are the cut ones or not? How long was the one that used to be on this site?

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