Chinatown script
Chinatown (1974)
Synopsis: When Los Angeles private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities, he believes it's a routine infidelity case. Jake's investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter. Mr. Mulwray's sudden death sets Gittes on a tangled trail of corruption, deceit and sinister family secrets as Evelyn's father (John Huston) becomes a suspect in the case.

5.

Gittes looks mildly shocked. He turns for confirmation to

his two partners.

GITTES:

(gravely)

No, really?

MRS. MULWRAY

I'm afraid so.

GITTES:

I am sorry.

Gittes pulls up a chair sitting next to Mrs. Mulwray -between

Duffy and Walsh. Duffy cracks his gum. Gittes gives

him an irritated glance. Duffy stops chewing.

MRS. MULWRAY

Can't we talk about this alone, Mr.

Gittes?

GITTES:

I'm afraid not, Mrs. Mulwray.

These men are my operatives and at

some point they're going to assist

me. I can't do everything myself.

MRS. MULWRAY

Of course not.

GITTES:

Now -- what makes you certain he is

involved with someone?

Mrs. Mulwray hesitates. She seems uncommonly nervous at the

question.

MRS. MULWRAY

-- a wife can tell.

Gittes sighs.

GITTES:

Mrs. Mulwray, do you love your

husband?

MRS. MULWRAY

(shocked)

... Yes of course.

GITTES:

(deliberately)

Then go home and forget about it.

MRS. MULWRAY

-- but...

6.

GITTES:

(staring intently at

her)

I'm sure he loves you, too. You know

the expression, let sleeping dogs

lie? You're better off not knowing.

MRS. MULWRAY

(with some real anxiety)

But I have to know.

Her intensity is genuine. Gittes looks to his two partners.

GITTES:

All right, what's your husband's

first name?

MRS. MULWRAY

Hollis. Hollis Mulwray.

GITTES:

(visibly surprised)

-- Water and Power?

Mrs. Mulwray nods, almost shyly. Gittes is now casually but

carefully checking out the detailing of Mrs. Mulwray's dress -her

handbag, shoes, etc.

MRS. MULWRAY

-- he's the Chief Engineer.

DUFFY:

(a little eagerly)

-- Chief Engineer?

Gittes' glance tells Duffy Gittes wants to do the questioning.

Mrs. Mulwray nods.

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Robert Towne

Robert Towne (born Robert Bertram Schwartz; November 23, 1934) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. His most notable work was his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest movie screenplays ever written. He also wrote its sequel The Two Jakes in 1990, and wrote the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973), and Shampoo (1975), as well as the first two Mission Impossible films (1996, 2000). more…

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