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(1974)

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Followed by 

The Two Jakes (1990)

Edited into 

Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim (2012)
scenes are taken from this film

References 

Vertigo (1958)

Referenced in 

The Sexplorer (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
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.
The A-Team: Water, Water Everywhere (1983) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Murdock
Clive James Meets Roman Polanski (1984) (TV Movie)
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."
Glitch! (1988)
Mentioned.
The Golden Girls: Sophia's Choice (1989) (TV Episode)
This film is mentioned by name
Bloodfist (1989)
"It's Chinatown, Jake."
The Decalogue (1989) (TV Mini-Series)
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 (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
Mystery Science Theater 3000: 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993) (TV Episode)
A character parodies the "She's my daughter. She's my sister" scene from "Chinatown."
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)
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.
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)
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?").
The Truman Show (1998)
When Truman coughs to conceal that he is ripping a page from the fashion magazine in his office, this references when Gittes coughs to conceal that he is ripping a page out of book with a list of the names of the grove owners in the valley.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Serpico. Dirty Harry. Jake Gittes. Kevin."
Rounders (1998)
Rushmore (1998)
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.
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)
Dead Weight (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
The Middle of the World (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.
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
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 firsts unlocks the Chinatown area.
CSI: NY: Rain (2004) (TV Episode)
Stella quotes a line from the film, replacing the name "Jack" with "Mac".
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
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 similar to 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
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.
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."
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: Part 1 (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
NCIS: South by Southwest (2009) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo: "Like Nicholson in 'Chinatown'..."
Flight of the Conchords: NewZealandTown (2009) (TV Episode)
"Forget it, Brian. It's New Zealand town"
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"
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
The 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
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."
Special Collector's Edition: La última noche del Titanic (2012) (TV Episode)
release mentioned
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.
The Cleveland Show: A Vas Deferens Between Men & Women (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Cleveland
Portlandia: Missionaries (2013) (TV Episode)
referenced in dialogue
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
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
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 2014: Episode dated 11 February 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Les Salauds (2013)
The Cinema Snob: Mommie Dearest (2014) (TV Episode)
"Or a sister. Or a daughter."
Action: Love Sucks (TV Episode)
Wendy mentions spending a lot of time on the set with Roman.

Featured in 

John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988)
Huston getting shot by Dunawy
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Movie)
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.
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.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.9 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips 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.
The Curse of Monkey Island (1997) (Video Game)
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
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."
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."

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