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Chinatown

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  Chinatown Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
9.53 /10
 
Starring
Jack Nicholson , Faye Dunaway , John Huston
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Directed by: Roman Polanski
Written by: Robert Towne

 
 
 
Released: 1974
   
Genre: CRIME
THRILLER
   
Origin: US
   
Length: 131
 
 


 
Private detective (Jack Nicholson, pictured) uncovers a public and private scandal in 1937 Los Angeles.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Perhaps too self-consciously an American Myth, with draggy passages, but undoubtedly an all-time-great thriller about urban corruption. Jack Nicholson gives one of his best - and most self-effacing - performances. Faye Dunaway fell out with her director and co-star (both called her "certifiable") but she is excellent as the femme fatale, and John Huston is chilling as her dirty dad. There was belatedly a sequel, The Two Jakes (1990), but it suffered badly by comparison. Not surprisingly, John A. Alonso's cinematography and Jerry Goldsmith's score were Oscar-nominated.


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