1974   USA Chinatown
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Director:Roman Polanski
Writer:Robert Towne
IMDb Rating:8.4 (94,499 votes)
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 17 wins & 22 nominations
Genre:Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Duration:130 min
Roman Polanski  ...  (Director)
Robert Towne  ...  (Writer)
Richard Bakalyan  ...  Detective Loach
Faye Dunaway  ...  Evelyn Cross Mulwray
Jerry Fujikawa  ...  
Bruce Glover  ...  Duffy
John Hillerman  ...  Russ Yelburton
Jack Nicholson  ...  J.J. 'Jake' Gittes
John Huston  ...  Noah Cross
Perry Lopez  ...  Lieutenant Lou Escobar
Darrell Zwerling  ...  Hollis I. Mulwray
Diane Ladd  ...  Ida Sessions
Roy Jenson  ...  Claude Mulvihill
Roman Polanski  ...  Man with Knife
Joe Mantell  ...  Lawrence Walsh
Nandu Hinds  ...  Sophie
James O'Rear  ...  Lawyer
James Hong  ...  Kahn
John A. Alonzo  ...  Cinematographer
Stanley Cortez  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: Roman Polanski's brooding film noir exposes the darkest side of the land of sunshine, the Los Angeles of the 1930s, where power is the only currency--and the only real thing worth buying. Jack Nicholson is J.J. Gittes, a private eye in the Chandler mold, who during a routine straying-spouse investigation finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a jigsaw puzzle of clues and corruption. The glamorous Evelyn Mulwray (a dazzling Faye Dunaway) and her titanic father, Noah Cross (John Huston), are at the black-hole center of this tale of treachery, incest, and political bribery. The crackling, hard-bitten script by Robert Towne won a well-deserved Oscar, and the muted color cinematography makes the goings-on seem both bleak and impossibly vibrant. Polanski himself has a brief, memorable cameo as the thug who tangles with Nicholson's nose. One of the greatest, most completely satisfying crime films of all time. --Anne Hurley

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