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Roman Polanski

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About the Movie

Landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) 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 for one, unforgettable night in...Chinatown. Co-starring film legend John Huston and featuring an Academy Award-winning script by Robert Towne, Chinatown captures a lost era in a masterfully woven movie that remains a timeless gem.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 64
  • Fresh: 63
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 9.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A new private-eye melodrama that celebrates not only a time and a place (Los Angeles) but also a kind of criminality that to us jaded souls today appears to be nothing worse than an eccentric form of legitimate private enterprise. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Roman Polanski's American made film, first since Rosemary's Baby shows him again in total command of talent and physical filmmaking elements. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: In 1974 a director, a screenwriter, and a producer (Robert Evans, who for once deserves a few of the plaudits he's apportioned himself) could decide to beat a genre senseless and then dump it in the wilds of Greek tragedy. – Jessica Winter, Village Voice, Aug 6, 2003

Fresh: [Nicholson's] performance is key in keeping Chinatown from becoming just a genre crime picture--that, and a Robert Towne screenplay that evokes an older Los Angeles. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 18, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Classic Film Noir

Chinatown is perhaps my favorite movie of all time. Jack Nicholson gives the best and most understated performance of his career as Jake Gittes, a private eye who becomes entangled in a web of murder, infidelity and conspiracy. The film unravels itself at a slow methodical pace and by the end you will be on the edge of your seat.

A Classic

A classic tale of power, lies, greed and corruption set in 1930's Los Angeles. One of the great films of the 1970's.

One of the best pictures of the 70's

... or of all time for that matter. Jack Nicholson is stellar as jaded private eye J.J. Gittes. Beautifully directed by Roman Polanski. Well worth repeated viewings!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1974

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