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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Chinatown can be found here.

No. Chinatown is based on an original screenplay written by Robert Towne. A sequel called The Two Jakes (1990) was also based on a screenplay by Robert Towne and stars Jack Nicholson (who also directed it).

As a young man, Jake was a police officer in Chinatown. He once tried to protect a woman, but as a direct result of his intervention, she was "hurt" (an implication that the woman died). As a result, Jake became cynical and apathetic. Over the course of his investigation in the film, Jake again tries to protect a woman, and once again, she is killed as a direct result of his intervention."Forget it, Jake; it's Chinatown" is an encouragement to Jake to forget this set of circumstances, just as he "forgot" the circumstances surrounding his time in Chinatown. The dramatic irony of this is that the viewer knows that Jake has never forgotten what happened in Chinatown, and that he will probably never forget the events depicted in the movie, inevitably leading to him becoming even more cynical and apathetic than he was already.

Yes, it's called The Two Jakes, the title referring to Jake Gittes himself and another character named Julius "Jake" Berman, played by Harvey Keitel. It was released in 1990 after many years of legal hangups and failed attempts at production. It was originally to have been directed by Robert Towne, who wrote the screenplay for Chinatown. Eventually the film was directed by Jack Nicholson. It was generally panned by critics when it was released.

Noah's scheme really breaks down into two different schemes:

1. He was surreptitiously buying up desert land in the San Fernando Valley, which was at the time farmland. It is now suburbs, and home to nearly 2 million people. Noah was denying water to the farmers to encourage them to sell their land, then using the identities of the residents of the retirement home to purchase land at a discount. He would then use his influence and knowledge of the water system to ensure the land would be provided with a supply of fresh water for future residents. Noah and his descendents would be rich. Hollis Mulwray did a lot of investigation on his own and was close to discovering the full extent of Noah's scheme. Noah knew about it and had him murdered.

2. Cross was trying to find his granddaughter, Katherine Mulwray, who was the progeny of an incestuous affair Noah had with his daughter, Evelyn. While the real reason for Cross' plans for his granddaughter is not given, he does say at one point that he's "only got one daughter left" and "she's mine too" in his last scene with Evelyn. It's left up to the viewer to decide what Cross actually has in mind when he takes Katherine for himself in the last scene.

Cross is very persuasive, and Evelyn was only 15 at the time and very impressionable. As we see, Cross has spent a lifetime building a career based on dirty politics, bribing politicians and city officials and has become very influential.So it's not hard to believe that when he was younger & his daughter was a teenager that he could have easily convinced her that a sexual relationship with her own father was not immoral.

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