Chinatown

Private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California is 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 poli...

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Corporate Authors: Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
Other Authors: Evans, Robert, 1930-
Polanski, Roman.
(Director)

Towne, Robert.
(Screenwriter)

Nicholson, Jack.
(Actor)

Dunaway, Faye.
(Actor)

Hillerman, John.
(Actor)

Lopez, Perry, 1929-2008.
(Actor)

Young, Burt.
(Actor)

Glover, Bruce, 1932-
(Actor)

Mantell, Joe, 1915-2010.
(Actor)

Jenson, Roy, 1935-
(Actor)

Ladd, Diane.
(Actor)

Bakalyan, Richard, 1931-
(Actor)

Huston, John, 1906-1987.
(Actor)

Alonzo, John A., 1934-2001.
(Cinematographer)

Goldsmith, Jerry.
(Composer)
Format: Movie DVD
Language:English
French
Published:Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition:Widescreen version.
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Uniform Title:Chinatown (Motion picture)
Summary:Private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California is 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 for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.
Language Notes:In English (5.1 surround), English (mono.), or French (mono.), with optional English subtitles; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
General Notes:Originally released as a motion picture in 1974.
Special features include: Theatrical trailer; retrospective interviews with Roman Polanski, Robert Towne and Robert Evans.
Physical Description:1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Credits:Director of photography, John A. Alonzo ; film editor, Sam O'Steen ; music, Jerry Goldsmith ; production designer, Richard Sylbert ; art director, W. Stewart Cambell ; set decoration, Ruby Levitt ; special effects, Logan Frazee ; costume designer, Anthea Sylbert.
Performer:Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, Perry Lopez, Burt Young, Bruce Glover, Joe Mantell, Roy Jenson, Diane Ladd, Dick Bakalyan, John Huston.
System Details:DVD, region 1; NTSC; 5.1 Dolby Digital, mono.; widescreen presentation, enhanced for 16:9 TVs.
Audience:Rated R.
Awards:Academy Awards, 1974: Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Robert Towne).
Golden Globe Awards, 1975: Best Motion Picture - Drama (Robert Evans); Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Jack Nicholson); Best Director - Motion Picture (Roman Polanski); Best Screenplay - Motion Picture (Robert Towne).
Production Credits:Director of photography, John A. Alonzo ; film editor, Sam O'Steen ; music, Jerry Goldsmith ; production designer, Richard Sylbert ; art director, W. Stewart Cambell ; set decoration, Ruby Levitt ; special effects, Logan Frazee ; costume designer, Anthea Sylbert.
ISBN:0792159578
9780792159575
Author Notes:

The son of Walter Huston, the well-known movie actor, John Huston directed numerous Hollywood films, including such classics as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), for which he won an Oscar as best director, and The Asphalt Jungle (1950). He wrote the screenplays for many of them, including the quintessential hard-boiled detective movie The Maltese Falcon (1941), which was also his directorial debut.

Huston's protagonists are often either independent professionals whose tough exteriors hide a dedication to principle, like the detective in The Maltese Falcon, or losers whose obsession with a doomed quest leads to their destruction, like the three gold-seekers in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. But, in his 46-year career, he would try his hand at almost everything, from the grand comedy of The African Queen (1952) to the shaggy dog tale Beat the Devil (1954), the offbeat western The Misfits (1961), the rather bloated epic The Bible (1966), and the medieval allegory, A Walk with Love and Death (1970). As he aged, his films seemed to get deeper and better, starting with The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and continuing with Wise Blood (1979) and Prizzi's Honor (1985). His final work, The Dead (1987), is an exquisite film adaptation of the short story by James Joyce.

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