Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez
Roman Polanski (Director), Robert Towne (Screenplay)
Released: June 20th, 1974
Runtime: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Private eye Jake Gittes lives off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II 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.
Gettes, a streetwise, no-nonsense LA detective is approached by a women to perform some investigative work for her but is clearly not revealing her motives for wanting the investigation. Things get tangled up in a hurry when her husband turns up dead.
This film is, simply a masterpiece and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to see it.
The setting is 1930's Los Angeles where we meet a slick private investigator named JJ Gittes who is hired by a woman named Evelyn Mulwray to find out if her husband, the Los Angeles Water Commissioner, is having an affair.