- 2 hr 11 min
Chinatown, released in 1974, stars Jack Nicholson as J.J. Gittes, Faye Dunaway as Evelyn Mulwray, and John Huston as Noah Cross. Gittes is a well-known private investigator who always hits his mark. Known for being scrappy, outspoken, and talented, his skills are usually put to good use by wives and husbands who want to know if their spouse is engaged in some form of infidelity. The film takes place in the early twentieth century and centers around a private investigation, run by Gittes, which turns out to be much more complicated than he originally envisioned. Gittes must discover the true source of a conspiracy revolving around water disputes and family secrets. The film is based off the California Water Wars, a series of events that inspired a few scenes that transpire in the film. Chinatown is a neo-noir directed by Roman Polanski. It was received extraordinarily well by critics and audiences alike. It is 131 minutes long and was distributed by Paramount Pictures.