History Film / Chinatown

18th Sep '16 4:12:35 AM CumbersomeTercel
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18th Sep '16 4:12:34 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorCameo: Roman Polanski himself appears in the film as the short hoodlum with the knife who slices Jake's nose.

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** Creator/RomanPolanski
himself appears in the film as the short hoodlum with the knife who slices Jake's nose.nose.
** C.O. Erickson, the film's executive producer plays the banker in the barbershop who starts an argument with Jake.
6th Sep '16 2:09:04 PM KenKevinStriker
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* StoppedClock: Jack places a watch under the car of the person he's tailing. That way he can know at what time he left by the time the watch was run over.

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* StoppedClock: Jack Jake places a watch under the car of the person he's tailing. That way he can know at what time he left by the time the watch was run over.
22nd Aug '16 10:51:38 AM mattc0tter
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** Subverted. [[spoiler: His cries of horror are so forced and fake one can tell it is his half-assed ruse of being a gentle man, all while dragging his daughter/granddaughter from the vehicle over the guise of protecting her, whisking her away as his next rape victim.]]


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** Polanski's cameo as "Man with a Knife" is often seen as a title drop of his own film "Knife in the Water"
* SmallRoleBigImpact: The "Man with a Knife" (played by the film's director) only appears in one scene with only one line of dialogue (he barely appears later in the background of a sequence), but also sports one of the most memorable lines and is memorably creepy and jumpy, as well as [[spoiler: scarring Jake's face for the remainder of the film]]. His role is even more memorable as one of the two roles by famous and influential film directors.
8th Jul '16 3:50:58 AM foxley
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* DeadManHonking: The film ends with Evelyn jumping in her car and trying to escape from the BigBad, her insanely evil father Noah Cross. Shots are fired, there's a sound of a crash, and the sound of a droning car horn. A dead Evelyn has collapsed on the car horn. Cue DownerEnding.
6th Jul '16 10:22:19 AM hullflyer
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* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Noah constantly mispronounces Jake's last name as "Gits".

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* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Noah constantly mispronounces Jake's last name as "Gits".[[note]]For those who haven't seen the movie, it's supposed to be pronounced "Git-eez"[[/note]]
6th Jul '16 10:11:47 AM hullflyer
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** As per Robert Towne, the film is a more accurate portrayal of the Private Detective archetype than seen in the works of Creator/RaymondChandler. Where the likes of Philip Marlowe are noble "tarnished knights" or KnightInSourArmor, J. J. Gittes does actual Private Detective work. That is, taking seedy and sleazy pictures of adulterous spouses for suspicious clients, illegal surveillance and voyeurism, and generally living a wery well-heeled existence. Gittes defends his line of work by pointing out that the police is equally sleazy and corrupt while [[AtLeastIAdmitIt he is honest]]. [[spoiler:In the end he gets a powerful reality check]].

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** As per Robert Towne, the film is a more accurate portrayal of the Private Detective archetype than seen in the works of Creator/RaymondChandler. Where the likes of Philip Marlowe are noble "tarnished knights" or KnightInSourArmor, J. J. Gittes does actual Private Detective work. That is, taking seedy and sleazy pictures of adulterous spouses for suspicious clients, illegal surveillance and voyeurism, and generally living a wery very well-heeled existence. Gittes defends his line of work by pointing out that the police is are equally sleazy and corrupt while [[AtLeastIAdmitIt he is honest]]. [[spoiler:In the end he gets a powerful reality check]].
9th Jun '16 8:21:46 PM Doug86
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The setting is 1937 LosAngeles. J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Nicholson), a former cop turned PrivateDetective, is hired by a woman claiming to be Evelyn Mulwray, the wife of the city's water commissioner, to prove that her husband is having an affair. It seems like a simple enough job. But it isn't. It turns out that the woman who hired him isn't really Mrs. Mulwray. Then the water commissioner ends up dead and the real Mrs. Mulwray (Dunaway) hires Gittes to find out what really happened. He may ''think'' he knows what he's dealing with. But -- as Noah Cross (Huston), Mrs. Mulwray's father and her late husband's former business partner, warns him -- he really doesn't.

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The setting is 1937 LosAngeles.UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Nicholson), a former cop turned PrivateDetective, is hired by a woman claiming to be Evelyn Mulwray, the wife of the city's water commissioner, to prove that her husband is having an affair. It seems like a simple enough job. But it isn't. It turns out that the woman who hired him isn't really Mrs. Mulwray. Then the water commissioner ends up dead and the real Mrs. Mulwray (Dunaway) hires Gittes to find out what really happened. He may ''think'' he knows what he's dealing with. But -- as Noah Cross (Huston), Mrs. Mulwray's father and her late husband's former business partner, warns him -- he really doesn't.
28th Apr '16 9:47:59 AM Mdumas43073
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The setting is 1937 UserNotes/LosAngeles. J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Nicholson), a former cop turned PrivateDetective, is hired by a woman claiming to be Evelyn Mulwray, the wife of the city's water commissioner, to prove that her husband is having an affair. It seems like a simple enough job. But it isn't. It turns out that the woman who hired him isn't really Mrs. Mulwray. Then the water commissioner ends up dead and the real Mrs. Mulwray (Dunaway) hires Gittes to find out what really happened. He may ''think'' he knows what he's dealing with. But -- as Noah Cross (Huston), Mrs. Mulwray's father and her late husband's former business partner, warns him -- he really doesn't.

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The setting is 1937 UserNotes/LosAngeles.LosAngeles. J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Nicholson), a former cop turned PrivateDetective, is hired by a woman claiming to be Evelyn Mulwray, the wife of the city's water commissioner, to prove that her husband is having an affair. It seems like a simple enough job. But it isn't. It turns out that the woman who hired him isn't really Mrs. Mulwray. Then the water commissioner ends up dead and the real Mrs. Mulwray (Dunaway) hires Gittes to find out what really happened. He may ''think'' he knows what he's dealing with. But -- as Noah Cross (Huston), Mrs. Mulwray's father and her late husband's former business partner, warns him -- he really doesn't.
28th Apr '16 9:47:41 AM Mdumas43073
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The setting is LosAngeles, 1937. J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Nicholson), a former cop turned PrivateDetective, is hired by a woman claiming to be Evelyn Mulwray, the wife of the city's water commissioner, to prove that her husband is having an affair. It seems like a simple enough job. But it isn't. It turns out that the woman who hired him isn't really Mrs. Mulwray. Then the water commissioner ends up dead and the real Mrs. Mulwray (Dunaway) hires Gittes to find out what really happened. He may ''think'' he knows what he's dealing with. But -- as Noah Cross (Huston), Mrs. Mulwray's father and her late husband's former business partner, warns him -- he really doesn't.

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The setting is LosAngeles, 1937.1937 UserNotes/LosAngeles. J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Nicholson), a former cop turned PrivateDetective, is hired by a woman claiming to be Evelyn Mulwray, the wife of the city's water commissioner, to prove that her husband is having an affair. It seems like a simple enough job. But it isn't. It turns out that the woman who hired him isn't really Mrs. Mulwray. Then the water commissioner ends up dead and the real Mrs. Mulwray (Dunaway) hires Gittes to find out what really happened. He may ''think'' he knows what he's dealing with. But -- as Noah Cross (Huston), Mrs. Mulwray's father and her late husband's former business partner, warns him -- he really doesn't.
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