Chinatown (1974)

You get tough. You get tender. You get close to each other. Maybe you even get close to the truth.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1974-06-20
  • User Rating: 7.9/10 from 3491 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 10min
  • Language: Español
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Roman Polanski
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Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

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  • Jack Nicholson

    as J.J. 'Jake' Gittes
  • Faye Dunaway

    as Evelyn Cross Mulwray
  • John Huston

    as Noah Cross
  • Perry Lopez

    as Lieutenant Lou Escobar
  • John Hillerman

    as Russ Yelburton
  • Diane Ladd

    as Ida Sessions
  • Roman Polanski

    as Man with Knife
  • Roy Jenson

    as Claude Mulvihill
  • Richard Bakalyan

    as Detective Loach
  • James Hong

    as Evelyn's Butler
  • Bruce Glover

    as Duffy
  • Joe Mantell

    as Lawrence Walsh
  • Roy Roberts

    as Mayor Bagby
  • Noble Willingham

    as Councilman
  • Rance Howard

    as Irate Farmer
  • Jesse Vint

    as Farmer in the Valley
  • Burt Young

    as Curly
  • Lee de Broux

    as Policeman
  • Darrell Zwerling

    as Hollis I. Mulwray
  • Nandu Hinds

    as Sophie
  • James O'Rear

    as Lawyer
  • Beulah Quo

    as Maid
  • Jerry Fujikawa

    as Gardener
  • Belinda Palmer

    as Katherine
  • Elliott Montgomery

    as Councilman
  • George Justin

    as Barber
  • C.O. Erickson

    as Customer
  • Charles Knapp

    as Mortician
  • Claudio Martínez

    as Boy on Horseback
  • Federico Roberto

    as Cross' Butler
  • Allan Warnick

    as Clerk
  • John Holland

    as Farmer in the Valley
  • Jim Burk

    as Farmer in the Valley
  • Denny Arnold

    as Farmer in the Valley
  • Elizabeth Harding

    as Curly's Wife
  • John Rogers

    as Mr. Palmer
  • Cecil Elliott

    as Emma Dill
  • Paul Jenkins

    as Policeman
  • Bob Golden

    as Policeman
  • Richard Warren

    as Driver (uncredited)
  • Fritzi Burr

    as Mulwray's Secreatry
  • Cosmo Sardo

    as Barber (uncredited)
Production Jane Feinberg Casting
Production Mike Fenton Casting
Camera John A. Alonzo Director of Photography
Sound Jerry Goldsmith Original Music Composer
Sound John C. Hammell Music Editor
Crew Logan Frazee Special Effects
Directing Roman Polanski Director
Art Richard Sylbert Production Design
Production C.O. Erickson Producer
Art W. Stewart Campbell Art Direction
Editing Sam O'Steen Editor
Costume & Make-Up Anthea Sylbert Costume Design
Writing Robert Towne Screenplay
Production Robert Evans Producer
Art Ruby R. Levitt Set Decoration
Sound Bob Cornett Sound Editor
Sound Larry Jost Sound
Crew Hal Needham Stunt Coordinator