Chinatown (1974)

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  • Clip: Of course I'm respectable, I'm old

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


  • Jack Nicholson
  • Faye Dunaway
  • John Huston
  • Perry Lopez
  • John Hillerman
  • Darrell Zwerling
  • Diane Ladd
  • Roy Jenson
  • Roman Polanski
  • Dick Bakalyan

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[Nicholson's] performance is key in keeping Chinatown from becoming just a genre crime picture--that, and a Robert Towne screenplay that evokes an older Los Angeles, a small city in a large desert.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Los Angeles has always been the capital city of film noir..., but few movies present a darker, bleaker view of the city than Roman Polanski's 1974 Chinatown. [17 Oct 1997, p.o]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune