Chinatown (1974) Poster



Jump to: Followed by (1) | Edited into (3) | References (2) | Referenced in (226) | Featured in (40) | Spoofed in (24)

Followed by 

The Two Jakes (1990)

Edited into 

The Two Jakes (1990)
Some flashbacks
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


Vertigo (1958)

Referenced in 

The Girl from Starship Venus (1975)
Poster on cinema marquee
Saturday Night Live: Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian (1976) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in One Flew Over The Hornet's Nest
El desencanto (1976)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
When the Muppets are blocked from seeing Lew Lord by his secretary, they mirror the same tactic Jake uses. But instead of cigarette smoke, they blow animal dander at her to break down her resolve.
Porklips Now (1980) (Short)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Jeremy quotes J.J. Gittes's line, "When you're right, you're right, and you're right."
Remington Steele: Steele Flying High (1983) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned by a character.
T.J. Hooker: Chinatown (1983) (TV Episode)
Title reference and line in last scene: It's Chinatown...
The A-Team: Water, Water Everywhere (1983) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Murdock
Clive James Meets Roman Polanski (1984) (TV Special)
mentioned once
Fletch (1985)
During Fletch's first interview, he is clumsily wearing a nose brace, similar to Jake Gittes' in Chinatown. Both are roughly similar Picaresque stories.
Angel Heart (1987)
Spaceballs (1987)
References the line "When you're right you're right. And you're right."
Beauty and the Beast: China Moon (1988) (TV Episode)
Joe refers to it as a "great flick."
Night Heat: Chinatown (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
The opening scene - where Curly looks through the photos of his unfaithful wife and then pulls at the Venetian blinds - is replicated in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988, Robert Zemekis), when Roger looks through the photographs in R.K. Maroon's office and then runs through the Venetian blind. Roger is even handed a drink, just like Curly in Chinatown.
Glitch! (1988)
Siskel & Ebert: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels/Tequila Sunrise/Twins/My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Tequila Sunrise" review.
The Golden Girls: Sophia's Choice (1989) (TV Episode)
This film is mentioned by name
Society (1989)
As in Chinatown, another movie about a sinister hidden undercurrent in society; an exclusive club is called the Albacore Club.
Dekalog (1989) (TV Mini-Series)
Bloodfist (1989)
"It's Chinatown, Jake."
The Two Jakes (1990)
Jake Berman sayin to Jake Gittes, the same quote that Cross said to Jake; "You may think you know what's going on around here, but you don't".
Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert says Diane Ladd has done better work than in "Wild at Heart" (1990) and cites this movie as one of his two examples.
Siskel & Ebert: The Doors/My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys/Iron & Silk/Superstar (1991) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel mentions this movie when recommending its sequel on video.
Juice (1992)
Forever Knight: Cherry Blossoms (1992) (TV Episode)
Schanke refers to the film and quotes its final line: "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
Double Cross (1992)
Jack Nicholson's nose plaster
Siskel & Ebert: Hero/The Mighty Ducks/Mr. Baseball/Of Mice and Men/An American in Paris (1992) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Mr. Baseball" review.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "She's my sister! She's my daughter! She's my sister!"
Sunny Side Up (1994)
Clerks (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Northern Exposure: Blood Ties (1994) (TV Episode)
Movie is discussed.
The Simpsons: Secrets of a Successful Marriage (1994) (TV Episode)
"Forget it, Marge! It's Chinatown!"
Just a Minute: Episode #2.2 (1994) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Racket Girls (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "It's just Campus Town, Jake."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) (TV Episode)
At one point, Mike makes a reference to this movie.
Hideaway (1995)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Amazing Transparent Man (1995) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
Tank Girl (1995)
They use the "Water and Power" company name. This could have been a direct reference as they both are corrupt and stealing water in times of drought
Se7en (1995)
Jade (1995)
"Noir"-ish detective film often containing allusions to Chinese culture while having little to do with plot, such as frequent shots of Chinese ornaments, chase scene through Chinese theatre, car chase through Chinatown, Los Angeles.
Monster Mash: The Movie (1995)
Recognizing an impression of Jack Nicholson, Igor mentions the film during a game of charades.
Gex (1995) (Video Game)
Gex -"Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown"
The Bitch Is Back (1995) (Short)
The "She's my sister, my daughter, my sister and my daughter!" lines from Chinatown are quoted.
American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) (TV Episode)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Noir Gang (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name during Cornfed's case wrap up.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (1996) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
NewsRadio: Houses of the Holy (1996) (TV Episode)
in dialogue "it's Chinatown"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The She-Creature (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Jake Gittes's nostrils slashed at reservoir"
NewsRadio: Sleeping (1997) (TV Episode)
Dave imagines Jimmy would get an actor's name wrong from this movie
U Turn (1997)
Pinky and the Brain: Brain Noir (1997) (TV Episode)
Film noir plot involving water rights in the Los Angeles area
Siskel & Ebert: The Game/The End of Violence/L.A. Confidential/The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "L.A. Confidential" review.
The Curse of Monkey Island (1997) (Video Game)
Guybrush refers to the well remembered twist towards the end of the movie, citing it as the possible 'secret of Monkey Island'("That the girl is both the daughter and the sister?").
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal: Kiss of the Tiger (1998) (TV Episode)
A thug quotes the famous line from the movie to Matt.
The Truman Show (1998)
Truman coughs loudly to conceal the fact that he is tearing pages out of women's magazines, just as Jake Gittes coughs while ripping a list from a book in the Hall of Records.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Serpico. Dirty Harry. Jake Gittes. Kevin."
Rounders (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
Grim Fandango (1998) (Video Game)
Olivia and Nick "caught in the act" photograph, murder over a photograph.
If We Picked the Winners (1998) (TV Movie)
Roger Ebert compares "L.A. Confidential" (1997) to this movie.
Man of the Century (1999)
Navarro mentions Roman Polanski while wearing a bandage on his injured nose.
Road Kill (1999)
The gangster tells the male lead that CHINATOWN is his favorite film.
Homicide: Life on the Street: Identity Crisis (1999) (TV Episode)
Meldrick says, "Forget it, Jake. It's Highlandtown."
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Earlier Polanski film; Fargas ('Ninth Gate') is murdered in the same manner as Hollis Mulwray from 'Chinatown', by being drowned in his garden pool; Boris Balkan ('Ninth Gate') is based on some aspects of 'Chinatown' villian Noah Cross
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999) (TV Episode)
Crow: I also have a script called Chinatown. I don't like it as much.
'Halloween' Unmasked 2000 (1999) (Video)
Action: Re-Enter the Dragon (1999) (TV Episode)
Peter says 'Raffi' has written the best script since Chinatown
The Best of Film Noir (1999) (Video)
Poster shown.
Wonder Boys (2000)
The Simpsons: Kill the Alligator and Run (2000) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the Robert Evans interview on "Charlie Rose"
Just Shoot Me!: A&E Biography: Nina Van Horn (2000) (TV Episode)
Robert Evans mentions it.
Action: Love Sucks (2000) (TV Episode)
Wendy mentions spending a lot of time on the set with Roman.
Angel: Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (2000) (TV Episode)
The PI in this episode is named C. Mulvihill, a reference to the corrupt PI and former cop Claude Mulvihill. After being hit by Angel, he wears a bandage on his nose similar to that worn by Jack Nicholson.
Red Planet (2000)
The Simpsons: Pokey Mom (2001) (TV Episode)
"Forget it Homer, it's Chiro-town,"
Six Feet Under: An Open Book (2001) (TV Episode)
In reference to Brenda, Billy says to Nate: "She's my sister, my mother, my sister!" while slapping himself.
Home Movies: Life Through a Fisheye Lens (2001) (TV Episode)
The characters mention "Chinatown"
Gilmore Girls: The Road Trip to Harvard (2001) (TV Episode)
Rory quotes the film's famous last line.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Spin City: Chinatown (2001) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mr. B's Lost Shorts (2001) (Video)
Mike: "It's just Campus Town, Jake."
Teknolust (2002)
Plaster on Agent's nose (and later around his face)
Le boulet (2002)
Moltès' name is constantly mispronounced, just like J.J. Gittes' in Chinatown.
Cinemania (2002)
xXx (2002)
Cage makes a joke telling El Jefe he's short. Late in the same scene El Jefe threatens to cut of Cage's nose the same way the midget in Chinatown threatens to cut of Gittes' nose.
The Sopranos: Whitecaps (2002) (TV Episode)
Tony's line "bad for glass" references a key moment in the film
Witchcraft XII: In the Lair of the Serpent (2002) (Video)
poster seen
O Caminho das Nuvens (2003)
The nose of the character played by Ravi Ramos Lacerda is cut exactly like Jack Nicholson's nose in Chinatown
Gilmore Girls: The Fundamental Things Apply (2003) (TV Episode)
Lorelai questioning Luke on what movies he's seen
Kid Notorious: The F-You Soup (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in soup commercial.
Kid Notorious: The Nazi Party (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kid on the telephone.
Without a Trace: Exposure (2004) (TV Episode)
This movie is alluded to in a conversation, and two actors who played in it are mentioned: Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski. One of their characters is quoted.
Twisted (2004)
During a pool hall scene between Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson's characters, the Chinatown poster is seen.
High Chaparall: Gary Busey (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
NCIS: Dead Man Talking (2004) (TV Episode)
When explaining Amanda Reed and Cmdr. Voss is the same person Abby does the "She's my sister, she's my daughter" from Chinatown with slaps to illustrate it.
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
The title is mentioned and displayed.
The Terminal (2004)
The swordfish prop: in Chinatown appears hanging on two walls of the office of Mullray's associate
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (2004) (Video)
The movie poster is shown.
Silentium (2004)
Berti's line "Vergiss' es, Brenner, wir sind in Salzburg!" references the famous last line of Chinatown.
Harry Monument (2004)
brilliant film on any budget
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (2004) (Video Game)
The character Gary states "Forget it Boss. It's Chinatown" at the beginning of the mission that first unlocks the Chinatown area.
CSI: NY: Rain (2004) (TV Episode)
Stella quotes a line from the film, replacing the name "Jack" with "Mac".
Brick (2005)
when the protagonist has a bandage on his nose.
John Daniels 2005 Telephone Interview (2005) (Video)
This film is referred to by actor John Daniels.
Before, During and 'After the Sunset' (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
Grey's Anatomy: The First Cut Is the Deepest (2005) (TV Episode)
"I'm your sister, I'm your daughter"
Gilmore Girls: How Many Kropogs to Cape Cod? (2005) (TV Episode)
Luke appears to be arguing with himself, and Lorelai teases him, quoting "My daughter, my sister, my daughter ..."
Over There: Situation Normal (2005) (TV Episode)
Tariq mentions movie by name.
Charmed: 12 Angry Zen (2006) (TV Episode)
A line from the movie is spoofed in this episode
North and the Music of the South (2006) (Video)
Robert Townson mentions this film.
The Venture Bros.: Assassinanny 911 (2006) (TV Episode)
The scene in which Brock repeatedly slaps the doctor, who cries out with every strike "Your mother! Your father!" culminating in "Your mother and your father!" references a climactic scene in "Chinatown".
Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) (Video)
Mentioned once.
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Lost: Every Man for Himself (2006) (TV Episode)
Sawyer calls Pickett, the man with a plastered nose, "Chinatown", refering to Jack Nicholson's character.
Black Christmas (2006)
"He's my brother, He's my Daddy." Similar line to the film Chinatown: "She's my sister, She's my daughter."
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The line "Forget it, Nick. It's Sandford." is just like the last line in Chinatown: "Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown."
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Billy Ray (2007) (Video)
Ray says that a copy of the movie's screenplay is one of two that he uses to elevate his computer monitor.
South Park: Cartman Sucks (2007) (TV Episode)
The opening shots of the pictures Cartman takes of Butters mirrors the opening shot of the pictures Jake Gittes took of Curly's adulterous wife
Andy Barker, P.I.: Pilot (2007) (TV Episode)
Simon says Andy's client is straight out of Chinatown.
Grindhouse (2007)
Poster visible in taco bar
Alligator Author (2007) (Video)
This film is referred to by John Sayles.
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp (2007) (TV Episode)
Chuck says, "Forget it, Ben. It's Chinatown." He asks Lo Pan if he has seen the film. James Hong played a butler in the movie.
NCIS: Corporal Punishment (2007) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo looks at the reflection of his bandaged nose, and says, "Ahh... look at me, like Jack Nicholson in Chinatown."
Assassination of a High School President (2008)
In the aftermath, a character says "Forget it, Funke. It's high school." This is a play on the quote, "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Two and a Half Deaths (2008) (TV Episode)
At the end of the episode, Brass puts his hand on Grissom's shoulder and says, "Forget it, Gil. It's Burbank."
NCIS: Judgment Day (2008) (TV Episode)
Ziva: "It'll be like Chinatown... I will even let you do your 'Jack' (Nicholson)" DiNozzo, impression of J.J. Gittes (Nicholson's role): "Well, how do you like them apples?"
My Best Friend's Girl (2008)
"Gynatown" porn title
Californication: Vaginatown (2008) (TV Episode)
"Vaginatown" is a porn version
Polanski Unauthorized (2009)
Roman told the girl that he was directing the movie
NCIS: South by Southwest (2009) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo: "Like Nicholson in 'Chinatown'..."
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $4,000 question
Psych: He Dead (2009) (TV Episode)
The film's iconic quote, "My daughter! My sister!" Is spoofed.
Saturday Night Live: Ryan Reynolds/Lady Gaga (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Arnold Schwarzenegger while talking about Roman Polanski on Weekend Update
I Bet You (2009)
When Dan puts the blade to Shane's nostril, Matt says "you nearly did a Jack Nicholson there"
Deep in the Valley: DVD Naked Commentary (2010) (Video)
Included in a list of other films made in the San Fernando Valley.
Jeopardy!: 2010 College Championship Quarterfinal 4 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by a contestant during interview
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.123 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $600 clue in the category "Movie Spoilers"
Justified: Riverbrook (2010) (TV Episode)
man with cut on nose called "Chinatown"
Law & Order: The Taxman Cometh (2010) (TV Episode)
Connie refers to the film.
Shuffle & Cut (A Question for Godard) (2010)
in noir clip from movie Harry Monument
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Fracked (2010) (TV Episode)
When they were talking about polutioned groundwater, somebody said we're not in Chinatown.
Wishful Drinking (2010) (TV Movie)
Carrie Fisher does the 'my sister, my daughter' scene
Nostalgia Critic: Dungeons and Dragons (2011) (TV Episode)
Critic: (during a slapping scene) "My sister! My daughter! My sister!"
Rango (2011)
The whole "control the water" plot is influenced by Chinatown, and the mayor is a caricature of Noah Cross.
Switched at Birth: Portrait of My Father (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Kathryn
Warehouse 13: Trials (2011) (TV Episode)
Pete says "This is Chinatown, Jake."
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Christy says that "Rango" makes reference to the film
Supernatural: The Mentalists (2011) (TV Episode)
"Forget it, Sam. It's Lily Dale."
The Cinema Snob: Elves (2011) (TV Episode)
"That's what I needed out of this movie: a reminder of Roman Polanski's Chinatown."
General Hospital: Episode #1.12479 (2012) (TV Episode)
Sonny mentions that Nicholson "sister, daughter" movie
Filmselskabet: Episode #1.4 (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the host
30 Rock: Alexis Goodlooking and the Case of the Missing Whisky (2012) (TV Episode)
Jenna says "Forget it, Tracy. It's Midtown."
Elfie Hopkins: Cannibal Hunter (2012)
Quoted in dialogue
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
main inspiration for the movie
In the Picture (2012) (Short)
Film mentioned as having been shot in LA's Chinatown
Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012)
J.S. Cardone mentions it. Also, photographs are shown.
Skyfall (2012)
Some shots in Shanghai in the style of this film, according to director Sam Mendes.
The Cleveland Show: A Vas Deferens Between Men & Women (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Cleveland
Portlandia: Missionaries (2013) (TV Episode)
referenced in dialogue
Pretty Little Liars: Hot Water (2013) (TV Episode)
Aria says to Ezra that they're watching anything but Chinatown.
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
The Cinema Snob: I Spit on Your Grave: Part 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Snob alludes to it.
Making of 'Timerider' (2013) (Video)
William Dear says "Forget it Jake, it's time travel."
Modern Family: Flip Flop (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Blood Ties (2013)
A poster of this film can be seen at 01:16:14.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.157 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says the idea of Khloé Kardashian Odom's mother carrying a baby for her would remind him of the film
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: 500th Video - Blu-Ray Collection!! (2013) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions it. Also, DVD is shown.
Gone Home (2013) (Video Game)
Listed on the TV listing.
Birth of the Living Dead (2013)
Poster and photographs are shown.
Grimm: One Night Stand (2013) (TV Episode)
The episode's last line, "Nobody is [normal], Jake, it's Portland" is a sly paraphrase of Chinatown's famous last line from Walsh to Gittes: "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown;" the bonus in-joke is that Chinatown's mystery revolves around water rights.
Stephanie (2013) (Short)
Private investigator discovering that his case is not all it seems to be.
Film '72: Episode dated 11 February 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Les Salauds (2013)
The Story of the Swimmer (2014) (Video)
mentioned once
The Cinema Snob: Mommie Dearest (2014) (TV Episode)
"Or a sister. Or a daughter."
Stalker: Fanatic (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
NCIS: Grounded (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by DiNozzo.
Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard (2015)
Quoted in dialogue
Justified: Noblesse Oblige (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Seabass.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The End Game (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Russell.
Face Off: Troll Bridge (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
De Avond van de Filmmuziek (2015) (TV Movie)
Part of soundtrack played
Community: Intro to Recycled Cinema (2015) (TV Episode)
Maury says, "It's hot, like 'Chinatown' in space."
Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four (2015)
Oley Sassone quotes the line 'Forget about it, Jake, it's Chinatown'.
Married: Koreatown (2015) (TV Episode)
Bernie: "Forget it, Russ. It's Koreatown."
The Walk (2015)
The way Philippe rips the page from the magazine at the dentist's office is similair to what J.J. Gittes does at the Hall of Records in Chinatown.
Limitless: Stop Me Before I Hug Again (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
iZombie: Eternal Sunshine of the Caffeinated Mind (2016) (TV Episode)
Kenny the bag man tells Mr. Boss that Blaine's nickname used to be Chinatown.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Josh and I Go to Los Angeles! (2016) (TV Episode)
Rebecca mentions this film, but no one else in the room has ever heard of it.
iZombie: Salivation Army (2016) (TV Episode)
Mr. Boss's henchmen Kenny refers to Blaine by his original drugload alias of Chinatown.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 6 May 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg reads from the AFI's list of best American movies
Maron: Dave's TV Show (2016) (TV Episode)
Dave: "Forget it, Marc. It's showbiz-town."
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.105 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Andrew O'Keefe as a possible answer to a question about the classic film for which "Well, nobody's perfect!" is the final line of dialogue asked when Louise and the Chaser go head to head.
Mr. Robot: eps2.2_init_1.asec (2016) (TV Episode)
Torrented copy of the film seen on Elliot's computer.
A Bit of Danger (2016) (Short)
Story is referenced.
Lucifer: Lady Parts (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: Summer (2016) (TV Episode)
"Chinatown" is the movie playing at the Stars Hollow theater.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.63 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Directors on Film" category
Half in the Bag: La La Land and Bye Bye Man (2017) (TV Episode)
title is mentioned
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 January 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned in discussion of Oscar nominations announced this morning
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
A Lego version of the poster is seen.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Beast of Hollow Mountain (2017) (TV Episode)
"Forget about it, Jake, it's Dinosaur Town."
Feud: You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends? (2017) (TV Episode)
Bette mentions the movie by name.
BoJack Horseman: Stupid Piece of Sh*t (2017) (TV Episode)
"Forget it, Jake. It's Sooze-town."
Stranger Things: Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak (2017) (TV Episode)
"Hawkins' very own 'Chinatown'" said by Officer Callahan.
Runaways: Kingdom (2017) (TV Episode)
Gert mentions a "Chinatown level conspiracy".
Psych: The Movie (2017) (TV Movie)
Referenced by Shawn

Featured in 

Precious Images (1986) (Short)
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988)
Huston getting shot by Dunawy
Visions of Light (1992)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Siskel & Ebert: The Seventies (1993) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
bed scene between 2 "Taxi Driver " clips
Siskel & Ebert: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
Cadillac Desert (1997) (TV Mini-Series)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #19 on the list.
Chinatown Revisited with Roman Polanski, Robert Evans and Robert Towne (1999) (Video)
Clips from the 1974 movie were included in this documentary "making-of" short.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #16 on the list.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Larry King Live: Episode dated 24 February 2003 (2003) (TV Episode)
clip shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Noah Cross is #16 on the "Villains" list.
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
footage appears throughout
The Sopranos: The Test Dream (2004) (TV Episode)
clip seen on TV
Masters of Production: The Hidden Art of Hollywood (2004) (TV Movie)
Discusses Production Design
E! True Hollywood Story: Jack Nicholson (2005) (TV Episode)
About his realtionship with the director
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases (2005) (TV Special)
The quote "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." is #74 on the list.
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
TCM Guest Programmer: Lorraine Bracco (2007) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #21 on the list.
The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo (2007)
documentary featuring work of Alonzo
Manorama Six Feet Under (2007)
Roughly based on Chinatown. Also, seen playing on TV in one of the scenes.
Chinatown: Filming (2007) (Video)
clips shown
Chinatown: The Beginning and the End (2007) (Video)
clips shown
Chinatown: The Legacy (2007) (Video)
clip shown
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008) (TV Movie)
This film is #2 on the "Mystery" list.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Cop Out/The Crazies/A Prophet (2010) (TV Episode)
Worst Best Actor nominee.
Ahate pasa (2010) (Short)
Clip of the film shown.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Best of Music in the Movies (2010) (TV Episode)
"Hairy Chests" segment
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)
The movie clip is shown.
What Is Cinema? (2013)
Clips shown
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
Faye Dunaway: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2017) (TV Special)
clips shown and film is discussed
Lost L.A.: Dream Factory (2017) (TV Episode)
Clip shown

Spoofed in 

China Doll (1975)
A private eye story involving character names Evelyn and Harry Muldoon (takeoffs on Evelyn and Hollis Mulwray of Chinatown) complete with the use of the Chinatown soundtrack.
Saturday Night Live: Madeline Kahn/Carly Simon (1976) (TV Episode)
spoofed as a musical
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Noir Gang (1996) (TV Episode)
Spoofed by "it's my husband, it's my grandfather" scene.
3rd Rock from the Sun: A Nightmare on Dick Street: Part 1 (1997) (TV Episode)
Dick tells Sally he's decided she's now supposed to be his daughter instead of his sister, they parody the "my daughter/my sister" slap scene.
Home Improvement: Rebel Without Night Driving Privileges (1998) (TV Episode)
Tim is bitten on the nose by a rat; when questioned about the bandage he quotes Chinatown.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Chinatown (1998) (TV Episode)
The title of the episode; also, at the end, Space Ghost says, "Forget it, Moltar. It's Chinatown."
Six Feet Under: An Open Book (2001) (TV Episode)
Billy mocks the "She's my sister, my daughter!" scene when introducing himself as Brenda's brother to Nate.
Two and a Half Men: The Last Thing You Want Is to Wind Up with a Hump (2003) (TV Episode)
The closing line "Forget it, Jake. It's Sherman Oaks." is a spoof of the closing line to Chinatown: "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
Stella Street (2004)
Features a spoof of Chinatown (1974)
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Trio's Company (2004) (TV Episode)
Reducto parodies the 'she's my sister/she's my daughter' speech
Seed of Chucky (2004)
Towards the end of the movie, the sequence "My sister, my daughter" of Evelyn Mulray is copied. Glen is in the Glenda disguise and he start rambling "Like Mother, Like Daughter" until Tiffany slapped him in the face!
The Starter Wife (2007) (TV Mini-Series)
Molly and Joan re-enact the scene in which the woman tells the investigator that the girl is her sister and her daughter. Molly says he's a killer and her lover.
Californication: Coke Dick & First Kick (2008) (TV Episode)
"Forget it Jake, it's Vaginatown."
Flight of the Conchords: NewZealandTown (2009) (TV Episode)
"Forget it, Brian. It's New Zealand town." followed by similar camera coverage of the street being cleared out.
The Cleveland Show: Field of Streams (2010) (TV Episode)
remake with Miley Cyrus
Mater's Tall Tales: Mater Private Eye (2010) (TV Episode)
Mater getting his headlight cut out spoofs the scene where Jake's nose is slashed; Later, he wears a patch similar to the one Jakes wears.
Psych: Santabarbaratown (2012) (TV Episode)
As Thea is carried away, Gus says, "Forget about it, Shawn; it's just Santa Barbara."
The Big Game: All the President's Mascots (2015) (TV Episode)
Film Noir
Inside Out (2015)
A police office says, "Forget about it, Jake. It's Cloudtown."
The Simpsons: Fatzcarraldo (2017) (TV Episode)
The line "Forget it, Lou. It's Chilitown" and the end credits music.

See also

Trivia | Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page