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Dieguito's avatar


A real investigative mysterious movie, tremendously well played by Jack Nicholson
12 years 5 months ago
mrjellow's avatar


An amazing script, so much so that I Googled who wrote it. The script is written by Robert Towne and apparently his talent has been recognised by film schools as well as this particular script has been dubbed 'the perfect script' and is widely studied by becoming scriptwriters.
9 years 4 months ago
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The Doctor

Just finished watching it today, and enjoyed the hell out of it. It just became a new favorite of mine. Polanski crafts, aided by an excellent script by Robert Towne, a very well made thriller, a homage to all those Dashell Hammett and Raymond Chandler private eye novels. I honestly could rewatch this again at this very moment, and wouldn't hesitate. Nicholson and Dunaway are in top form here, with an excellent score by Jerry Goldsmith to underline everything. I can't think of a thing that's wrong with it, a perfect film.
12 years 6 months ago
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Jumping Elephant

"...as little as possible."
13 years ago
thethermals's avatar


LOVE the ending, and this movie is superb all around.
12 years 9 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


I have severely mixed feelings about this 1974 classic, and I can't decide why that is. While Jack Nicholson is properly magnetic as a period private dick who stumbles upon a municipal conspiracy while investigating an adulterer, and the mystery itself keeps one's attention all the way through despite a certain deliberateness, I had a difficult time getting into Roman Polanski's tribute to film noir. For one thing, he is way too precious about laying in period detail - that 2-dollar bill, for example. For another, the lurid third act twist is way over the top and unnecessary, and I'm not sure what it brings to the picture exactly. Well, I guess I do - it makes the ending even darker and more depressing - but still feels a step too far (you could still have the threat of abuse without it). And while I understand that "Chinatown" is a stand-in for the protagonist's oft-alluded to past, it seems a shame not to fulfill the title's promised exoticism. I mean, what, not pulp enough?! Well made, well acted, an interesting mystery, good use of pulp/film noir plot elements, but left me a little cold an in no hurry to watch it again.
8 years 3 months ago
StefanoEarnest's avatar


You can say what you want about "The Godfather" and "Citizen Kane, " but I think that "Chinatown" is the greatest, most well-made, most engrossing film out there. An absolute treasure of cinema.
11 years 4 months ago
Culex's avatar


An awesome movie that takes place in my home town. Really had an impact on me the first time I watched it.
12 years 1 month ago
grit's avatar


Man this film is awesome, kept me excited from begin to end.
13 years 6 months ago
Earring72's avatar


Terrific film noir....although I never really liked the classic ending......but top notch in all departments
7 years ago
Cadeicus's avatar


spoiler Liked it though. Not overly, but still enjoyed it.
8 years 3 months ago
DeejonLoy's avatar


I've never really liked Jack Nicholson roles or movies, but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and absolutely love the execution of all parts of the film (except the end).
9 years 1 month ago
ClassicLady's avatar


A great noir. One of only a few Polanski films I consider worth viewing.
10 years 1 month ago
adastras's avatar


Forget it Jake, It's Only Chinatown
12 years 2 months ago
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8 years 1 month ago

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