Chinatown

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 , Sister , 1930s , Father , Love , Mystery , Los Angeles , Car , Suspenseful ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Los Angeles has always been the capital city of film noir..., but few movies present a darker, bleaker view of the city than Roman Polanski's 1974 Chinatown. [17 Oct 1997, p.o]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    [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

  • 100
    IGN

    Chinatown's deep focus cinematography, dialogue direction and long takes are identifiably Polanski. show more

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Awards

Nominated Actress
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Sound
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Memorial Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Winner Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Nominated Costume Design
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Art Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)