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A landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic.

Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in...Chinatown.

Co-starring film legend John Huston and featuring an Academy Award-winning script by Robert Towne, Chinatown captures a lost era in a masterfully woven movie that remains a timeless gem.


Studio Paramount
SKU 205076346
UPC 097361224442
UPC 14 00097361224442
Format DVD
Release Date 11/6/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Dunaway,Faye
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Cast & Crew
Burt Young - Actor
C.O. Erickson - Producer
Diane Ladd - Actor
Faye Dunaway - Actor
Jack Nicholson - Actor
James Hong - Actor
Jerry Goldsmith - Original Music By
John A. Alonzo - Cinematographer
John Hillerman - Actor
John Huston - Actor
Perry Lopez - Actor
Robert Evans - Producer
Robert Towne - Writer
Roman Polanski - Director
Sam O'Steen - Editor
W. Stewart Campbell - Art Director
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Review "Chinatown is unquestionably one of the best films to emerge from the 1970s, a period that has been called the ""last great decade of American cinema"" by more than one movie critic. The production, which went in front of the cameras without a final script, marks the high-water point in the careers of both lead actor Jack Nicholson and director Roman Polanski...Ever since film noir reached Hollywood, the detective has become a type, with film noir being his playground. It takes a Herculean effort to transform this type into a character and to replace the formula with a story, and Chinatown's success in both of these regards is one of the reasons it is universally viewed as a classic. The movie is a nearly flawless example of movie composition, with close examination revealing how carefully it was put together. For those who take a less studious and more visceral approach to movie viewing, it's also worth noting that Chinatown is a superior thriller - one that will keep viewers involved and ""in the moment"" until the final, mournful scene has come to a conclusion."
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Collector's Edition, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Dunaway,Faye
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
TV Guide ...wonderfully brooding...not only one of the greatest detective films, but one of the most perfectly constructed of all films.
Variety An outstanding picture.
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