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 3668 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 10min
  • Language: Español
  • Production Company: Paramount Pictures
  • 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)
  • Charles Fogel

    as Retirement Home Resident (uncredited)
Production Robert Evans Producer
Production Jane Feinberg Casting
Crew Logan Frazee Special Effects
Sound Jerry Goldsmith Original Music Composer
Camera John A. Alonzo Director of Photography
Writing Robert Towne Screenplay
Art Richard Sylbert Production Design
Art Ruby R. Levitt Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Anthea Sylbert Costume Design
Production Mike Fenton Casting
Art W. Stewart Campbell Art Direction
Directing Roman Polanski Director
Sound Bob Cornett Sound Editor
Sound John C. Hammell Music Editor
Editing Sam O'Steen Editor
Crew Hal Needham Stunt Coordinator
Sound Larry Jost Sound Mixer
Directing Hawk Koch Assistant Director
Production C.O. Erickson Unit Production Manager
Camera Hugh K. Gagnier Camera Operator
Editing Florence Williamson Assistant Editor
Directing May Wale Brown Script Supervisor
Directing Michele Ader Second Assistant Director
Art Wayne Fitzgerald Title Designer
Sound Charles Grenzbach Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Clint Althouse Boom Operator
Art Bill MacSems Property Master
Lighting Earl Gilbert Gaffer
Camera Bernie Schwartz Key Grip
Costume & Make-Up Hank Edds Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Lee C. Harmon Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Susan Germaine Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Vivienne Walker Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Richard Bruno Wardrobe Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Jean Merrick Wardrobe Supervisor
Production C.O. Erickson Associate Producer