Chinatown (1974)

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TitleChinatown
Year1974
CountryUSA
GenreFilm-Noir (Movies)
FranchiseChinatown (1974 - 1990)
Run Time2h 10 min
Director

In 1937, a woman identifying herself as Evelyn Mulwray hires private investigator J. J. “Jake” Gittes to follow her husband, Hollis Mulwray, the chief engineer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power who she claims is having an affair. Trailing him, Gittes overhears Mulwray publicly state that building a new reservoir would be unsafe. Gittes photographs Mulwray with a young woman, which are published in the next day’s newspaper. Back at his office, Gittes is confronted by the real Evelyn Mulwray who threatens to sue him. Realizing he was set up, Gittes assumes that Hollis Mulwray is the real target. Before he can question him, Lieutenant Lou Escobar fishes Mulwray’s body from a reservoir. Now working for Evelyn, Gittes investigates Mulwray’s death as a homicide.

He discovers that although there is a drought, huge quantities of water are being released from the reservoir every night. Gittes is warned off by Water Department Security Chief Claude Mulvihill and a vicious henchman who slashes Gittes’ left nostril. Back at his office, Gittes receives a call from Ida Sessions, who identifies herself as the fake Mrs. Mulwray. She is afraid to identify her employer but tells Gittes to check that day’s obituaries. Gittes learns that Mulwray was once the business partner of Evelyn’s wealthy father, Noah Cross. At Cross’ home, Cross offers to double Gittes’ fee to search for Mulwray’s missing mistress. At the hall of records, Gittes discovers that much of the Northwest San Fernando Valley has recently changed ownership. Investigating the valley, he is attacked by angry landowners who believe him to be a water department agent that they claim is sabotaging the water supply to force them out.

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Cast:

Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson
J.J. Gittes
Faye Dunaway Faye Dunaway
Evelyn Mulwray
John Huston John Huston
Noah Cross

In 1937, a woman identifying herself as Evelyn Mulwray hires private investigator J. J. “Jake” Gittes to follow her husband, Hollis Mulwray, the chief engineer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power who she claims is having an affair. Trailing him, Gittes overhears Mulwray publicly state that building a new reservoir would be unsafe. Gittes photographs Mulwray with a young woman, which are published in the next day’s newspaper. Back at his office, Gittes is confronted by the real Evelyn Mulwray who threatens to sue him. Realizing he was set up, Gittes assumes that Hollis Mulwray is the real target. Before he can question him, Lieutenant Lou Escobar fishes Mulwray’s body from a reservoir. Now working for Evelyn, Gittes investigates Mulwray’s death as a homicide.

He discovers that although there is a drought, huge quantities of water are being released from the reservoir every night. Gittes is warned off by Water Department Security Chief Claude Mulvihill and a vicious henchman who slashes Gittes’ left nostril. Back at his office, Gittes receives a call from Ida Sessions, who identifies herself as the fake Mrs. Mulwray. She is afraid to identify her employer but tells Gittes to check that day’s obituaries. Gittes learns that Mulwray was once the business partner of Evelyn’s wealthy father, Noah Cross. At Cross’ home, Cross offers to double Gittes’ fee to search for Mulwray’s missing mistress. At the hall of records, Gittes discovers that much of the Northwest San Fernando Valley has recently changed ownership. Investigating the valley, he is attacked by angry landowners who believe him to be a water department agent that they claim is sabotaging the water supply to force them out.

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