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Private detective Jake Gittes (Nicholson) finds himself overwhelmed in a scandalous case involving the rich and powerful of Los Angeles. Gripping, atmospheric mystery excels in virtually every aspect, with strong narrative drive and outstanding performances from Nicholson, Dunaway, and Huston. Director Polanski also appears in a suitable unsettling cameo. Fabulous. A sneaky, snaking delight filled with seedy characters and plots-within-plots. Followed more than 15 years later by "The Two Jakes."

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Available on Running time 131 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Mystery & Suspense, Private Eyes, Contemporary Noir, Great Depression, Scams, Stings & Cons, 4 Bones
Robert Towne
Roman Polanski, Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Diane Ladd, John Hillerman, Burt Young, Perry Lopez, Darrell Zwerling, Joe Mantell
John A. Alonzo
Roman Polanski
Jerry Goldsmith
Paramount Pictures


Oscars 1974: Orig. Screenplay; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1974: Actor (Nicholson), Director (Polanski), Screenplay; Golden Globes 1975: Actor--Drama (Nicholson), Director (Polanski), Film--Drama, Screenplay, Natl. Film Reg. 1991;; N.Y. Film Critics 1974: Actor (Nicholson); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1974: Actor (Nicholson); Writers Guild 1974: Orig. Screenplay.

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A Los Angeles private investigator named J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson)is hired by a woman (Diane Ladd) who wants Gittes to spy on her husband Hollis Mulwray because she thinks he is having an affair. While investigating, Gittes discovers that Mulwray is not only having an affair but he is also neglecting his duties as chief engineer for the city's water departments and many riverbeds and drainage outlets have dried up. The twist is that the woman that hires Gittes is not the real Mrs. Mulwray, the real one played by Faye Dunaway, wants to sue Gittes for taking photographs of Gitte and his girlfriend and having them published. Now Gittes has a new investigation and that is to find out why did this woman pretend to be Gittes wife to get this information. A lot is going on and clues give way to a big scandal going on in the government.Then Mulwray drowns but Gitte thinks he is murdered. Now Mulwray's real wife hires Gittes to find out why. This movie which was produced in 1974 is filled with a lot of surprises and is an excellent movie.