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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.
28th Apr '16 9:46:59 AM Mdumas43073
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The setting is Los Angeles, 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 Los Angeles, 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.
28th Apr '16 9:46:27 AM Mdumas43073
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The setting in 1937 Los Angeles. 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 in 1937 is Los Angeles.Angeles, 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.
28th Apr '16 9:44:57 AM Mdumas43073
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Fun fact: this film was co-financed by Bob Guccione, the publisher of the famous pornographic magazine ''Penthouse''. Nominated for 11 {{Academy Award}}s, winning for Towne's screenplay. It had a lesser-known (and less well-regarded) sequel, ''The Two Jakes'', directed by Creator/JackNicholson and released in 1990.

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Fun fact: this film was co-financed by Bob Guccione, the publisher of the famous pornographic magazine ''Penthouse''. Nominated for 11 {{Academy Award}}s, winning for Towne's screenplay. It had a lesser-known (and less well-regarded) sequel, ''The Two Jakes'', directed by Creator/JackNicholson Jack Nicholson and released in 1990.
28th Apr '16 9:44:27 AM Mdumas43073
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Fun fact: ''Chinatown'' was co-financed by Bob Guccione, the publisher of the famous pornographic magazine ''Penthouse''. It had a lesser-known (and less well-regarded) sequel, ''The Two Jakes'', directed by Creator/JackNicholson and released in 1990.

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Fun fact: ''Chinatown'' this film was co-financed by Bob Guccione, the publisher of the famous pornographic magazine ''Penthouse''.''Penthouse''. Nominated for 11 {{Academy Award}}s, winning for Towne's screenplay. It had a lesser-known (and less well-regarded) sequel, ''The Two Jakes'', directed by Creator/JackNicholson and released in 1990.
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