A film by Roman Polanski
Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Undeniably noir, Polanski’s 1930s period piece involves a Philip Marlowe-style private eye (Jack Nicholson) getting in over his head in a convoluted web of intrigue involving adultery, a missing daughter, irrigation, city planning, and a domineering patriarch (John Huston). Faye Dunaway’s captivating performance as porcelain-skinned Evelyn Mulwray provides the catalyst for Nicholson’s trip down the rabbit hole.

With a suspicious, porcelain-skinned femme fatale (Faye Dunaway) bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble. Meanwhile, his financier harbors a nasty family secret. Director Roman Polanski reimagines 1930s Los Angeles with an onionlike story that reveals itself one complex layer at a time in this classic neonoir.


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130 mins

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