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Chinatown

Roman Polanski's classic detective yarn sees murder and scandal emerge from the drought of 1930s Southern California. Private Eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired to follow water commissioner Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling), only to see him turn up dead at the bottom of a reservoir. Realising he has been used, Gittes confronts Mulwray's widow Evelyn (Faye Dunaway), a woman who seems to have plenty of secrets of her own, not least her ambiguous relationship with her father Noah Cross (John Huston). Sequel: "The Two Jakes".

Year: 1974
Genre: Alice's 500 Greatest Films, Drama, Thrillers & Suspense, Golden Globe - Drama, EcoFilm Fest, Contemporary Noir, Theo's Favourites, Oscar's Favourites
Country: USA
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, John Huston, Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Burt Young
Duration: 125 Minutes
Rating: R16 - Contains violence and offensive language.
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