Private eye Jake Gittes lives off 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.

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  1. Robert Towne


  2. Roman Polanski


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  1. Jack Nicholson

    Jack Nicholson

    Jake Gittes

  2. Faye Dunaway

    Faye Dunaway

    Evelyn Cross Mulwray

  3. John Huston

    John Huston

    Noah Cross

  4. Perry Lopez

    Perry Lopez

    Lieutenant Lou Escobar

  5. John Hillerman

    John Hillerman

    Russ Yelburton

  6. DZ

    Darrell Zwerling

    Hollis I. Mulwray

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 10m

Budget $6,000,000.00

Revenue $30,000,000.00

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Release Information

  • June 20, 1974
    R, Theatrical



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By John Chard

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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... read the rest.

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