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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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.

Mar 29, 2016

A classic Hollywood film, made with a non-classic, anti-hero in the form of private eye Jake Gittes. Great performance by Jack Nicholson.

Mar 29, 2016

Jack Nicholson's character, Jake Gittes, certainly possessed supernatural abilities. To make his lunch date with Noah Cross (John Huston) he apparently drove from Los Angeles to Catalina Island without getting wet! Amazing! Doubtless Nero Wolfe would have unmasked Noah Cross as the villain without leaving the comfort of his dining table.

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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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