Roman Polanski's brooding film noir exposes the darkest side of the land of sunshine, the Los Angeles of the 1930s, where power is the only currency--and the only real thing worth buying. Jack Nicholson is JJ Gittes, a private eye in the Chandler mould, who during a routine straying-spouse investigation finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a jigsaw puzzle of clues and corruption. The glamorous Evelyn Mulwray (a dazzling Faye Dunaway) and her titanic father, Noah Cross (John Huston), are at the black-hole centre of this tale of treachery, incest, and political bribery. The crackling, hard-bitten script by Robert Towne won a well-deserved Oscar, and the muted colour cinematography makes the goings-on seem both bleak and impossibly vibrant. Polanski himself has a brief, memorable cameo as the thug who tangles with Nicholson's nose. One of the greatest, most completely satisfying crime films of all time. --Anne Hurley, Amazon.comfrom£4.89 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play In a legendary performance three-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson stars as private eye Jake Gittes Hired by a mysterious woman to investigate Hollis Mulwray the chief engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Gittes&39; sleuthing brings him into contact with Mulwray&39;s wife (Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway) a stunning socialite with secrets of her own As a determined Gittes delves deeper he soon realises that even the City of Angels has a dark side Director Roman Polanski&39;s Chinatown has evolved from an atmospheric film noir mystery into a modern-day classic with Robert Towne&39;s Academy Award-winning script unforgettably and brilliantly capturing a lost era of deceit corruption and treachery Actors Jack Nicholson Faye Dunaway John Huston Diane Ladd John Hillerman Roman Polanski Richard Bakalyan Darrell Zwerling & Roy Jenson Director Roman Polanski Certificate 15 years and over Year 1974 Screen 169 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (51) Additional Languages French ; German ; Castillian Spanish Subtitles English for the hearing imapired ; French ; German ; Danish ; Italian ; Swedish ; Norwegian ; Castillian Spanish ; Finnish ; Dutch Duration 2 hours and 5 minutes (approx)
Classic US crime drama directed by Roman Polanski which sees murder and scandal emerge from the drought of 1930's Southern California. Private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired to follow water commissioner Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling), only to see him turn up dead at the bottom of a reservoir. Realising he has been used, Gittes confronts Mulwray's widow, Evelyn (Faye Dunaway), a woman who seems to have plenty of secrets of her own, not least her ambiguous relationship with her father, Noah Cross (John Huston).
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