Roman Polanski’s Chinatown is one of the great films of the 1970s. Written by the great Robert Towne (it won the Original Screenplay Oscar), the 1974 noir takes detective genre’s conventions and turns them on their head.
Jack Nicholson’s performance as Jake Gittes is one of his best turns, relaxed and subdued with just a hint of what makes Jack, ‘Jack‘. Chinatown‘s supporting cast is also hugely impressive. It includes a never-better Faye Dunaway, the great John Huston, Burt Young and even Polanski himself.
Towne and Nicholson reunited in 1990 for a sequel, The Two Jakes but it failed to recapture the success of the original.
Chinatown grossed $29 million at the US box office in 1974.