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Chinatown ()


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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

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J.J. Gittes
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Evelyn Mulwray
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Noah Cross
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Escobar
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Yelburton
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Hollis Mulwray
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Ida Sessions
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Mulvihill
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Man with Knife
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Loach (as Dick Bakalyan)
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Walsh
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Duffy
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Sophie
James O'Rear ...
Lawyer (as James O'Reare)
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Evelyn's Butler
Beulah Quo ...
Maid
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Gardener
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Katherine
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Mayor Bagby
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Councilman
Elliott Montgomery ...
Councilman
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Irate Farmer
George Justin ...
Barber
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Customer (as Doc Erickson)
Fritzi Burr ...
Mulwray's Secretary
Charles Knapp ...
Mortician
Claudio Martínez ...
Boy on Horseback (as Claudio Martinez)
Federico Roberto ...
Cross' Butler
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Clerk
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Farmer in the Valley
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Farmer in the Valley
Jim Burk ...
Farmer in the Valley (as Jim Burke)
Denny Arnold ...
Farmer in the Valley
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Curly
Elizabeth Harding ...
Curly's Wife
John Rogers ...
Mr. Palmer
Cecil Elliott ...
Emma Dill
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Policeman
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Policeman (as Lee De Broux)
Bob Golden ...
Policeman
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John Marlin ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Richard Warren ...
Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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Roman Polanski

Written by

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Robert Towne ... (written by)
 
Roman Polanski ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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C.O. Erickson ... associate producer
Robert Evans ... producer

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

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John A. Alonzo ... director of photography
Stanley Cortez ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Sam O'Steen

Editorial Department

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Florence Williamson ... assistant editor (as Flo Williamson)
John Stagnitta ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton

Production Design by

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Richard Sylbert

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W. Stewart Campbell

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Ruby R. Levitt ... (as Ruby Levitt)

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Anthea Sylbert

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Hank Edds ... makeup
Susan Germaine ... hairstylist
Lee Harman ... makeup (as Lee Harmon)
Vivienne Walker ... hairstylist

Production Management

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C.O. Erickson ... unit production manager

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Michael Ader ... second assistant director
Hawk Koch ... assistant director (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Lee Rafner ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Bill MacSems ... property master (as Bill Mac Sems)
Gabe Resh ... set designer
Robert Resh ... set designer
Tom Bartholomew ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
L. David Gordon ... draper (uncredited)
Joseph Hurley ... production illustrator (uncredited)
Terry E. Lewis ... property assistant (uncredited)
Bill Parks ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Jim Pearsall ... creative film services graphic artist (uncredited)
Mike Reedy ... property maker (uncredited)

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Clint Althouse ... boom man (as Clint Althaus)
Bob Cornett ... sound editor (as Robert Cornett)
Charles Grenzbach ... re-recording (as Bud Grenzbach)
Larry Jost ... sound mixer
Howard Beals ... sound editor (uncredited)
David Dockendorf ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
James Pilcher ... cable man (uncredited)
Fred Stafford ... adr editor (uncredited)
Roger Sword ... sound editor (uncredited)
John Wilkinson ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Logan Frazee ... special effects

Stunts

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Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs ... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Hugh K. Gagnier ... camera operator (as Hugh Gagnier)
Earl Gilbert ... gaffer
Bernie Schwartz ... key grip
Bob Barber ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Sol Berlin ... generator operator (uncredited)
Edward Borland ... grip (uncredited)
Ken John Borland ... dolly grip (uncredited)
Richard Borland ... key grip (uncredited)
Bruce Catlin ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Debolt ... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenneth Johnston ... best boy grip (uncredited)
Cecil Lupton ... best boy (uncredited)
Arnold L. Rich ... camera operator (uncredited)
Orlando Suero ... still photographer (uncredited)
Lance Williams ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

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Richard Bruno ... wardrobe
Jean Merrick ... wardrobe
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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John C. Hammell ... music editor
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet solo (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Robert Clarke ... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Ribello Mastroianni ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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May Wale Brown ... script supervisor
Gary Chazan ... assistant to the producer
Wayne Fitzgerald ... titles
Justin Buehrlen ... auditor (uncredited)
Rosalyn Catania ... production secretary (uncredited)
Ellen Garvey ... production assistant (uncredited)
Barbara Kalish ... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Ralph McCutcheon ... wrangler (uncredited)
Linda Richman ... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Thelma Roberts ... secretary to director (uncredited)
Lee Sollenberger ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Ron Weber ... craft service (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In 1937 Los Angeles, private investigator Jake 'J.J.' Gittes specializes in cheating-spouse cases. His current target is Hollis Mulwray, high-profile chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, whose wife suspects him of infidelity. In following Mulwray, Gittes witnesses some usual business dealings, such as a public meeting for construction of a new dam to create additional water supply for Los Angeles, as fresh water is vital to the growing community during the chronic drought; Mulwray opposes the dam. Eventually Gittes sees Mulwray meeting with an unknown young woman who isn't his wife. Once news of the supposed tryst between Mulwray and this woman hits the media, additional information comes to light that makes Gittes believe that Mulwray is being framed for something and that he himself is being set up. In his investigation of the issue behind Mulwray's framing and his own setup, Gittes is assisted by Mulwray's wife Evelyn, but he thinks she isn't being forthright with him. The further he gets into the investigation, the more secrets he uncovers about the Mulwrays' professional and personal dealings, including Mulwray's former business-partnership with Evelyn's father, Noah Cross. The identity of the unknown woman may be the key to uncovering the whole story. Written by Huggo

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Taglines You get tough. You get tender. You get close to each other. Maybe you even get close to the truth. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Kineska četvrt (Yugoslavia, Croatian title)
  • Китайски квартал (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Kineska četvrt (Serbia)
  • Kineska četvrt (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
  • Cínská ctvrt (Czechoslovakia)
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Runtime
  • 130 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia At the time of filming, Jack Nicholson had just embarked on his longstanding relationship with Anjelica Huston. This made his scenes with her father, John Huston, rather uncomfortable, especially as the only time Anjelica was on-set, was the day they were filming the scene where Noah Cross interrogates Nicholson's character with "Mr. Gittes...do you sleep with my daughter?" See more »
Goofs When Gittes awakes and sits up on the ranch house porch after being being knocked unconscious in the Trident Ranch orange grove location, one can clearly see a circa 1974 refrigerator through the window behind him. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Two Jakes (1990). See more »
Soundtracks I Can't Get Started See more »
Crazy Credits The film opens with the 1940's Paramount logo. See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Walsh: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
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