Chinatown Movie Review 1974

Information and Film Reviews for Chinatown the Movie

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4.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Private detective Jake Gittes (Nicholson) finds himself overwhelmed in a scandalous case involving the rich and powerful of Los Angeles. Gripping, atmospheric mystery excels in virtually every aspect, with strong narrative drive and outstanding performances from Nicholson, Dunaway, and Huston. Director Polanski also appears in a suitable unsettling cameo. Fabulous. A sneaky, snaking delight filled with seedy characters and plots-within-plots. Followed more than 15 years later by "The Two Jakes."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 131 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Mystery & Suspense, Private Eyes, Contemporary Noir, Great Depression, Scams, Stings & Cons, 4 Bones
Robert Towne
Roman Polanski, Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Diane Ladd, John Hillerman, Burt Young, Perry Lopez, Darrell Zwerling, Joe Mantell
John A. Alonzo
Roman Polanski
Jerry Goldsmith
Paramount Pictures


Oscars 1974: Orig. Screenplay; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1974: Actor (Nicholson), Director (Polanski), Screenplay; Golden Globes 1975: Actor--Drama (Nicholson), Director (Polanski), Film--Drama, Screenplay, Natl. Film Reg. 1991;; N.Y. Film Critics 1974: Actor (Nicholson); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1974: Actor (Nicholson); Writers Guild 1974: Orig. Screenplay.

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