CHINATOWN

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
AUGUST 8, 2013

A true neo-noir, “Chinatown” not only signifies an iconic role for Jack Nicholson, but ranks as one of the best Roman Polanski films ever. Also starring Faye Dunaway, who is constantly stealing the spotlight, pairing her with Nicholson becomes an instant classic on-screen chemistry. With a suspenseful mystery unfolding and tons of shifty character, the story of “Chinatown” holds up to Hollywood’s current standards, keeping the viewer guessing from start to finish. Refreshingly hinged on a water diversion scheme, this storyline has both never been recreated and remains original for a classic noir. Critically acclaimed and recognized that year with 11 Academy Award nominations and one win (Best Screenplay), “Chinatown” often graces Top 100 films of all-time lists and rightfully so, becoming a staple in the dramatic mystery category of Hollywood film history.

RELEASE DATE
June 20, 1974

DIRECTOR
Roman Polanski

WRITTEN BY
Robert Towne

STUDIO
Paramount Pictures

R

DRAMA
MYSTERY
THRILLER

130 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
John A. Alonzo

COMPOSER
Jerry Goldsmith

EDITOR
Sam O’Steen

CAST
Jack Nicholson
Faye Dunaway
John Hillerman
Perry Lopez
Burt Young
John Huston

PRODUCED BY
Robert Evans

BUDGET
$6 million

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