Chinatown

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.
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 24 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.2
Metacritic:
86
Rotten Tomatoes:
98%
R
Year:
1974
130 min
76,142 Views

Curly shrinks back a little.

CURLY:

... No...

GITTES:

You bet your ass you don't. You can't

even pay me off.

This seems to upset Curly even more.

CURLY:

I'll pay the rest next trip -we

only caught sixty ton of skipjack

around San Benedict. We hit a

chubasco, they don't pay you for

skipjack the way they do for tuna or

albacore -

GITTES:

(easing him out of

his office)

Forget it. I only mention it to

illustrate a point...

4.

INT. OFFICE RECEPTION

He's now walking him past SOPHIE who pointedly averts her

gaze. He opens the door where on the pebbled glass can be

read:
J. J. GITTES and Associates - DISCREET INVESTIGATION.

GITTES:

I don't want your last dime.

He throws an arm around Curly and flashes a dazzling smile.

GITTES:

(continuing)

What kind of guy do you think I am?

CURLY:

Thanks, Mr. Gittes.

GITTES:

Call me Jake. Careful driving home,

Curly.

He shuts the door on him and the smile disappears. He shakes

his head, starting to swear under his breath.

SOPHIE:

-- A Mrs. Mulwray is waiting for

you, with Mr. Walsh and Mr. Duffy.

Gittes nods, walks on in.

INT. DUFFY AND WALSH'S OFFICE

Walsh rises when Gittes enters.

WALSH:

Mrs. Mulwray, may I present Mr.

Gittes?

Gittes walks over to her and again flashes a warm, sympathetic

smile.

GITTES:

How do you do, Mrs. Mulwray?

MRS. MULWRAY

Mr. Gittes...

GITTES:

Now, Mrs. Mulwray, what seems to be

the problem?

She holds her breath. The revelation isn't easy for her.

MRS. MULWRAY

My husband, I believe, is seeing

another woman.

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.

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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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