A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Robert De Niro,
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. Written by
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When Gittes and Escobar pull Hollis out of the channel at the reservoir, Gittes has on a brown suit with a tan shirt under it. A scene later, when Gittes and Escobar confront Mrs. Mulwray, Gittes has on a tie similar to Escobar's in the scene before with a gray suit. Escobar's suit and tie are also different. See more »
All right, Curly. Enough's enough. You can't eat the Venetian blinds. I just had them installed on Wednesday.
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A film about LA and water set in the l930's during a drought with a
dark incestuous subplot and some stunning performances by Faye Dunaway
and Jack Nicholson, and superb cinematography that seemed to capture
the essence of LA. Directed by Roman Polanski, who makes a terrific
cameo appearance as a switchblade wielding heavy, and using the
considerable acting talents of John Huston as a ruthless and perverted
landowner. Read Cadillac Desert to know about LA's water grab but see
Chinatown for its brilliant allegory of water and corruption, both
public and private. The direction, the screenplay, the acting, the
photography, and the soundtrack combine to make a convincing and
atmospheric picture. The crushing ending is just so much more icing on
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