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Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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Who Stars in Chinatown

Jack Nicholson
Jake Gittes

Jack Nicholson

Faye Dunaway
Evelyn Cross Mulwray

Faye Dunaway

John Huston
Noah Cross

John Huston

Perry Lopez
Lieutenant Lou Escobar

Perry Lopez

John Hillerman
Russ Yelburton

John Hillerman

Roman Polanski
Man with Knife

Roman Polanski


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Review for Chinatown

Author: John Chard

He nose you know! Chinatown is directed by Roman Polanski and written by Robert Towne. It stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez and John Hillerman. Music is by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Private investigator J.J. Gittes (Nicholson) is working on an adultery case but quickly finds himself embroiled in murder and corruption. The gathering of Polanski, Towne, Nicholson and Robert Evans (producer) put their respective skills together to craft one of the most lauded neo-noir films of all time. It's a searing picture awash with the staples of the film noir and gumshoe detective movies that graced cinema in the 40s and 50s. From the characterisations (suspicious femmes - mouthy coppers - sleazy kingpin - tough protagonist in a whirlpool of unravelling layers), to the hard boiled script, violence, sex and brutal revelations, it's a noir essential that only lacks chiaroscuro and expressionistic swirls to seal the complete deal. Allegoraries unbound, iconography assured and dialogue now in the lexicon of legends, Chinatown is not to be missed, not just by fans of noir, but fans of cinema, period. 9.5/10


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Facts

Status
Released

Release Date
1974-06-20

Original Language
English

Runtime
2 hr 10 mins

Budget
$ 6,000,000.00 (Estimated)

Revenue
$ 30,000,000.00 (USA)

Profit
$ 24,000,000.00 (Estimated in USA)

Genres
Crime Drama Mystery Thriller

Keywords
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