Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 7, 2013
- Originally Released: 1974
- Label: Paramount Catalog
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
- Note: Commentary by screenwriter Roger Towne with David Fincher
- Water And Power: The Aqueduct - The Aftermath - The River And Beyond
- Chinatown: An Appreciation
- Chinatown: The Beginning And The End
- Chinatown: Filming
- Chinatown: The Legacy
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Jack Nicholson &
Noble Willingham &
Director of Photography:
John A. Alonzo
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
- Walsh (Joe Mantell) to Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson)
"It looks like half the city is trying to cover it all up, which is fine with me. But Mrs. Mulwray, I...near lost my nose! And I like it. I like breathing through it. And I still think you're hiding something."
- Jake Gittes to Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway)
"I'm just a snoop."
- Jake Gittes
"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."
Academy Awards 1974 -
Best Original Screenplay: Robert Towne
Sight and Sound - 09/01/1974
"...[Polanski] handles the mechanics of the plot with a ruthless brilliance that is immediately involving..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/29/1998
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/06/2000
"...Like most noir stories, CHINATOWN ends in a flurry of revelation....For Nicholson, the role had enormous importance..."
Total Film - 07/01/2000
"...A film noir masterpiece that never stops screwing with your head..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"Faye Dunaway quivers, John Huston looms, but Nicholson's Gittes seems untouchable inside..."
Uncut - 09/01/2004
"[T]he director's dark wit questions the conventions of noir, and exhales stylish seediness."
Empire - 12/01/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "Jack Nicholson lends J.J. Gittes nervy sharpness, and John Huston fills villainous Noah Cross with menace..."
Character Study |
Classic Fight Scenes |
Essential Cinema |
Film Noir |
Scams And Cons |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: June 21, 1974
- Filmed in Los Angeles, California.
- CHINATOWN is number 19 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
- CHINATOWN was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991.
- Director Roman Polanski makes a rather conspicuous cameo appearance as a thug.
- Screenwriter Robert Towne had originally conceived of an alternate, happier ending to the film, but it was rejected by Polanski.
- Polanski went to painstaking lengths to have the film very authentically capture 1930s Los Angeles because the story is based on actual events from the city's history.
- CHINATOWN, which was produced in 1974, was Polanski's first American film since 1968's ROSEMARY'S BABY.
- In 1990, Jack Nicholson went on to direct and star in the film's sequel, THE TWO JAKES, set in 1948 Los Angeles. The later film also starred Harvey Keitel and Meg Tilly and featured cameo performances by some actors who had parts in the original film, among them Faye Dunaway, James Hong, and Perry Lopez. Robert Towne wrote the screenplays for both films.