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Chinatown (1974)

R 130 min - Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller - 20 June 1974
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Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

Director:  Roman Polanski
Stars:  Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Roman Polanski, Diane Ladd, Roy Jenson, Richard Bakalyan, James Hong, Bruce Glover, Joe Mantell, Roy Roberts, Noble Willingham, Rance Howard, Jesse Vint, Burt Young, Lee de Broux, Darrell Zwerling, Nandu Hinds, James O'Rear, Beulah Quo, Jerry Fujikawa, Belinda Palmer, Elliott Montgomery, George Justin, C.O. Erickson, Fritzi Burr, Charles Knapp, Claudio Martinez, Federico Roberto, Allan Warnick, John Holland, Jim Burk, Denny Arnold, Elizabeth Harding, John Rogers, Cecil Elliott, Paul Jenkins, Bob Golden, Richard Warren

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Storyline

Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.



Tagline: You get tough. You get tender. You get close to each other. Maybe you even get close to the truth.

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Language:  Spanish, Cantonese, English
Release Date:  20 June 1974

Box Office

Budget:  $6,000,000
Revenue:  $30,000,000

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Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 10 min

Academy Award Nominations

ACTOR — Jack Nicholson {“J. J. Gittes”}
ACTRESS — Faye Dunaway {“Evelyn Cross Mulwray”}
ART DIRECTION — Art Direction: Richard Sylbert, W. Stewart Campbell; Set Decoration: Ruby Levitt
CINEMATOGRAPHY — John A. Alonzo
COSTUME DESIGN — Anthea Sylbert
DIRECTING — Roman Polanski
FILM EDITING — Sam O’Steen
MUSIC (Original Dramatic Score) — Jerry Goldsmith
BEST PICTURE — Robert Evans, Producer
SOUND — Bud Grenzbach, Larry Jost
WRITING (Original Screenplay) — Robert Towne – WON


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