Chinatown Poster

Release Date: 1974

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 1999

R|2 hr 11 min

Plot Summary
When Los Angeles private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities, he believes it's a routine infidelity case. Jake's investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter. Mr. Mulwray's sudden death sets Gittes on a tangled trail of corruption, deceit and sinister family secrets as Evelyn's father (John Huston) becomes a suspect in the case.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Darrell Zwerling, Diane Ladd, Roy Jenson

Director: Roman Polanski

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Murder, Car, Mystery, Father, Suspenseful, 1930s, Sister, Love, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A nearly flawless example of movie composition, with close examination revealing how carefully it was put together. For those who take a less studious and more visceral approach to movie viewing, it's also worth noting that Chinatown is a superior thriller - one that will keep viewers involved and "in the moment" until the final, mournful scene has come to a conclusion. show more

  • As much as I admire the work of both (Roman) Polanski and (Jack) Nicholson, I found Chinatown tedious from beginning to just before the end. [15 July 1974]

  • [Nicholson's] performance is key in keeping Chinatown from becoming just a genre crime picture--that, and a Robert Towne screenplay that evokes an older Los Angeles, a small city in a large desert. show more

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Awards

Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Music for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Actor
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Costume Design
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Art Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Winner Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Directing
Winner Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Actress
Nominated Sound
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Film Editing