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Chinatown

7.9
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Original title
Chinatown
Year
Running time
131 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Robert Towne
Music
Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography
John A. Alonzo
Cast
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Producer
Robert Evans. Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Genre
Film noir. Mystery. Drama | Neo-noir. Crime. 1930s
Synopsis / Plot
It is set during a heat wave in 1930s Los Angeles, whose residents are suffering from a water shortage as a result of an ongoing drought. Private investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) runs a detective agency specializing in matrimonial strife and infidelity. When a client posing as the wife of the L.A. water commissioner hires him to spy on her husband, who is rumored to be having an affair with a younger woman, Jake uncovers a plot against the commissioner--but this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Awards
1974: Oscar: Best Original Screenplay. 11 Nominations
1974: 4 Golden Globes, including Best Movie - Drama. 7 nominations
1974: BAFTA Awards: Best Director, Actor (Nicholson) & Screenplay. 11 Nominations
1974: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Nicholson). 2 Nominations
1974: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1974: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Drama Screenplay
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