DVD - 2006
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Private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California is 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 for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.


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Nov 22, 2017

Paralells an actual scandal that took place in the 1920's or 30's in Los Agnegles were during the drought season water was being covertly diverted from the reservoir system at night to commercial crop growing operations. Instead of using the name William Mulland the the movie uses the ficticious name of Hollis Mulwray. Mulholland was an engiineer & allegedly responsible for the undercover diversion of the water iin L,A. which is the plot theme. The famous Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles is named after William Mulholland. A gutsy film noir in colour. Nicholson & Dunnaway make a great acting team. Definitly for adult audiences due to naure of the interpersonal story. Also course & explicite language & mature graphic depictions. This movie was considered very daring when first aired on TV. The networks got heat for it.

Oct 19, 2017

A P.I. (private investigator) has a task to find out what a woman's husband does in his free time, then he realizes the lady who hired him was a fake. This mystery-thriller made in the 70s still holds up today, with superb acting and the cinematography. I loved the style and score, it really felt as if I went back in time.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 02, 2017

This movie is awesome and I recommend it for anyone interested good film noir!

gordonma Apr 30, 2017

If you loved [Blade Runner] and/or [The Maltese Falcon], you’re gonna love [Chinatown], too.

Apr 15, 2017

About an hour into "Chinatown", Noah Cross (John Huston) says to Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), "You may think you know what you're dealing with, but believe me, you don't." Gittes, whose heard this rap before, just smiles. "Why is that funny?" asks Cross. "It's what the D.A. used to tell me about Chinatown." If any exchange defines "Chinatown" the movie then this is it. It's a film where the cliched metaphor of the onion is quite apt: the more layers you peel away, the more layers you find. And the less you're likely to understand. It begins life as a simple detective story, but eventually spins out of control into a web of intrigue.

Apr 15, 2017

Jack Nicholson plays a private eye whose investigations into adultery lead him to a bigger, more dangerous conspiracy.

Feb 22, 2017

"Forget it Jake, its Chinatown" The perfect ending line to one of the best movies in American film history.

Nominated for many Academy Awards, winner of only a few, this movie withstands the test of time. Yes, Jack is very young, but what a performance, as are the performances of all the cast.

I watch this movie about every three years, I rate as about the 5th best movie I have ever seen. Just a great masterpiece.

Sep 30, 2016

A perfect movie. Fascinating (and still relevant) plot line regarding water rights politics. Great performances by Nicholson and Dunaway.

Aug 04, 2016

Polanski's neo-noir contemporary classic has all the flair and fever of a forties-era hard-boiled detective story. However, watching it years past its release, most of the twists have been spoiled for me and the intrigue feels stale in this fast-paced culture. Nonetheless, it looks beautiful and what feels like old Hollywood glamour still shines. The story isn't rusty. I just expected more in that big finale. It reminded me faintly and inexplicably of BLADE RUNNER, another auteured visually striking classic of today. The mood and pacing was similar, even if the themes and setting aren't. In the end, I've watched CHINATOWN once, and that's fine, I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't watch it again.

Apr 13, 2016

A classic that is still hugely enjoyable after all these years.

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Jul 12, 2012

Noah Cross: "Exactly what do you know about me? Sit down." Jake Gittes: "...Mainly that you're rich... and too respectable to want your name in the newspapers." Noah Cross: " 'Course I'm respectable - I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough."

Jul 11, 2012

Noah Cross (on the meal - fish): "I hope you don't mind... I believe they should be served with the head." Jake Gittes: "Fine... long as you don't serve the chicken that way."

Jul 11, 2012

Loach: "What happened to your nose, Gittes? Somebody slammed a bedroom window on it?" Jake Gittes: "Nope. Your wife got excited. She crossed her legs a little too quick - you understand what I mean, pal?"

Jul 11, 2012

Walsh: "...Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."

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