Chinatown

  • 15
  • Roman Polanski (1974)
  • US
  • 125 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Jack Nicholson here gives one of his best performances, playing a private eye called Jake Gittes, who pokes his nose rather too deeply into the lives of Faye Dunaway and her father, John Huston, a corrupt Los Angeles tycoon. Writer Robert Towne planned a trilogy about LA, and this first part, set in the 1930s, deals with the city's water supply and how that source of life leads to death and profit. The script - the best original work since Citizen Kane - is brilliantly organised, though the ending was changed when Roman Polanski arrived as director: Towne's story never got to Chinatown; Polanski insisted the climax was set there. The result was acrimony behind the scenes and genius on the screen in a masterpiece that repays any number of viewings.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning period thriller starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. When private eye JJ Gittes is hired to investigate the husband of a rich Los Angeles socialite, he stumbles into a web of deceit and murder and uncovers a terrible secret from the past.

Cast and crew

Cast

JJ Gittes
Jack Nicholson
Evelyn Mulwray
Faye Dunaway
Noah Cross
John Huston
Escobar
Perry Lopez
Yelburton
John Hillerman
Hollis Mulwray
Darrell Zwerling
Ida Sessions
Diane Ladd
Mulvihill
Roy Jenson
Man with knife
Roman Polanski
Loach
Richard Bakalyan
Walsh
Joe Mantell
Duffy
Bruce Glover
Kahn
James Hong
Curly
Burt Young

Crew

Director
Roman Polanski

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
BFI
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and brief nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Dec 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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