Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez
Roman Polanski (Director), Robert Towne (Screenplay)
Release: Jun. 20th, 1974
Runtime: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of 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.
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Arguably the two best noirs ever made. Both imo rank among the 10 best films ever made. Both feature absolutely flawless cinematography. Both feature unbelievable performances from Stewart and Nichols...
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In his initial scenes he seems fairly normal but there are dark menacing undertones that make us feel early on that Jake may be in way over his head, but by the end we realise he is one of the most evil and unlikable villains in film history.