History YMMV / Chinatown

30th Nov '15 10:20:47 PM AnotherGuy
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* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Noah Cross gets away it with all. Mrs. Mulray is dead, her sister/daughter is taken away by Noah, Jake can't do anything to stop this and is told the famous line before solemnly walking away]]. If any of that didn't make you jerk a tear then the absolutely depressing music that plays when Jake's walking away certainly will. -->"Forget it, Jake...It's Chinatown."
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* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Noah TearJerker: **[[spoiler:Noah Cross gets away it with all. Mrs. Mulray is dead, her sister/daughter is taken away by Noah, Jake can't do anything to stop this and is told the famous line before solemnly walking away]]. If any of that didn't make you jerk a tear then the absolutely depressing music that plays when Jake's walking away certainly will. -->"Forget --->"Forget it, Jake...It's Chinatown." ** In the sequel, the very last line: "It (the past) never goes away." Neither Jake [[spoiler: nor Katherine]] can ever catch a break or forget.
29th Jun '15 12:48:53 PM dsneybuf
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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Near the beginning of the film, a bunch of shepherds disrupt a public gathering by unleashing a flock of sheep on those gathered. This actually cracks up Jake Gittes. ** Jake baits Claude Mulvihill: --->'''Gittes:''' Mulvihill! What are you doing here? --->'''Mulvihill:''' They shut my water off. What's it to you? --->'''Gittes:''' How'd you find out? You don't drink it. You don't take a bath in it. Maybe they sent you a letter. But then you'd have to be able to read.

* HeyItsThatGuy: ** [[Film/DiamondsAreForever Mr. Wint]] and [[Film/{{Marty}} Angie]] are Jake Gittes' assistants. ** [[Film/{{Rocky}} Paulie Pennino]] is one of Jake's clients. ** [[Film/{{Grease}} Mr. Lynch]] is chief engineer for the water department, and [[Series/MagnumPI Higgins]] is his deputy.

* TearJerker: "Forget it, Jake...It's Chinatown." ** [[spoiler:Not only that, Noah Cross gets away it with all. Mrs. Mulray is dead, her sister/daughter is taken away by Noah, Jake can't do anything to stop this and is told the famous line before solemnly walking away]]. If any of that didn't make you jerk a tear then the absolutely depressing music that plays when Jake's walking away certainly will. ** Simultaneously subverted the ending leaves the viewer feeling gutted and raw but not weepy, is a {{heroic BSOD}} for the viewer
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* TearJerker: "Forget it, Jake...It's Chinatown." ** [[spoiler:Not only that, Noah [[spoiler:Noah Cross gets away it with all. Mrs. Mulray is dead, her sister/daughter is taken away by Noah, Jake can't do anything to stop this and is told the famous line before solemnly walking away]]. If any of that didn't make you jerk a tear then the absolutely depressing music that plays when Jake's walking away certainly will. ** Simultaneously subverted the ending leaves the viewer feeling gutted and raw but not weepy, is a {{heroic BSOD}} for the viewerwill. -->"Forget it, Jake...It's Chinatown."
18th Jun '15 9:36:03 PM DrOO7
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* MemeticMutation: "Forget it, _____. It's _______"
12th Jun '15 4:00:47 AM Mdumas43073
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** Jake baits Claude Mulvihill: --->'''Gittes:''' Mulvihill! What are you doing here? --->'''Mulvihill:''' They shut my water off. What's it to you? --->'''Gittes:''' How'd you find out? You don't drink it. You don't take a bath in it. Maybe they sent you a letter. But then you'd have to be able to read.
18th May '15 5:18:42 PM nombretomado
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** The film won an [[AcademyAwards Oscar]] for Best Screenplay, but probably would have won a few more, perhaps even Best Picture, if not for the misfortune of being released in the same year as ''Film/TheGodfather Part II''. A lesser example than most, because the winner is also a great film. ''Chinatown'' did beat ''The Godfather Part II'' for Best Drama at the Golden Globes.
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** The film won an [[AcademyAwards [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Screenplay, but probably would have won a few more, perhaps even Best Picture, if not for the misfortune of being released in the same year as ''Film/TheGodfather Part II''. A lesser example than most, because the winner is also a great film. ''Chinatown'' did beat ''The Godfather Part II'' for Best Drama at the Golden Globes.
11th Mar '15 9:09:54 AM KingClark
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* AwardSnub: The film won an [[AcademyAwards Oscar]] for Best Screenplay, but probably would have won a few more, perhaps even Best Picture, if not for the misfortune of being released in the same year as ''Film/TheGodfather Part II''. A lesser example than most, because the winner is also a great film. ''Chinatown'' did beat ''The Godfather Part II'' for Best Drama at the Golden Globes.
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* AwardSnub: AwardSnub: ** The film won an [[AcademyAwards Oscar]] for Best Screenplay, but probably would have won a few more, perhaps even Best Picture, if not for the misfortune of being released in the same year as ''Film/TheGodfather Part II''. A lesser example than most, because the winner is also a great film. ''Chinatown'' did beat ''The Godfather Part II'' for Best Drama at the Golden Globes.
11th Mar '15 9:09:39 AM KingClark
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* ItWasHisSled: It's such a famous film that "[[spoiler: [[WhamLine She's my sister AND my daughter]]]]" has lost it's power as TheReveal to many.
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* ItWasHisSled: It's such a famous film that "[[spoiler: [[WhamLine "[[spoiler:[[WhamLine She's my sister AND and my daughter]]]]" daughter!]]]]" has lost it's power as TheReveal to many.
7th Nov '14 11:54:50 PM Discontent
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We only put tropes designated as YMMV in this area, which this is not. And considering that Examples Are Not Arguable , I'm not moving it to the front page. Also, keep in mind that we don't spoil tag trope names.
* [[spoiler:EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: VERY arguably. After taking a look at Evelyn Mulwray's corpse, Noah Cross seems legitimately devastated.]]
7th Nov '14 6:54:28 PM Aeon1337
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*[[spoiler:EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: VERY arguably. After taking a look at Evelyn Mulwray's corpse, Noah Cross seems legitimately devastated.]]
12th Oct '14 2:32:22 AM Discontent
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The Great Character Alignment Debate: 'Character Alignment is only to be used in works where it is canonical, and only for characters who have alignments In Universe.'
* NeutralEvil: [[spoiler:Noah Cross]] has more money and power than he knows what to do with (he doesn't even know his net worth). Doesn't matter; he just wants more.
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