Paramount Pictures (1974)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller
In Collection
Seen ItYes
IMDB   8.4
131 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   M
Jack Nicholson J. J. Gittes
Faye Dunaway Evelyn Cross Mulwray
John Hillerman Russ Yelburton
John Huston Noah Cross
Richard Bakalyan Detective Loach LAPD
Roy Jenson Claude Mulvihill
Diane Ladd Ida Sessions/Evelyn Mulwray Imposter
Perry Lopez Lieutenant Lou Escobar LAPD
Roman Polanski Man with Knife
Darrell Zwerling Hollis Mulwray
Jerry Fujikawa Mulwray's gardener
Bruce Glover Duffy
Nandu Hinds Sophie
James Hong Kahn
Joe Mantell Lawrence Walsh
James O'Rear Lawyer
Belinda Palmer Katherine Cross
Beulah Quo Mulwray's maid
Roman Polanski
Producer Robert Evans
C.O. Erickson
Writer Roman Polanski
Robert Towne
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Musician Jerry Goldsmith

In 1940s Los Angeles private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired to follow Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling) by a woman who claims to be his wife Evelyn (Diane Ladd). He photographs Mulwray kissing a young blonde (Belinda Palmer) and the press gets wind of it. Because Mulwray is the city’s chief water engineer this creates a scandal that opens the door to clues about even worse goings on. These include the dumping of fresh water into the ocean at night although a severe drought is raging and the building of an expensive new dam. When Mulwray is discovered dead by drowning the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) hires Gittes to find out what happened. The fake Mrs. Mulwray is actually a woman named Ida Sessions who points Gittes towards the name of another man linked to Mulwray. This is Noah Cross (John Huston) who is Mulwray’s former partner and Evelyn Mulwray’s father. Cross also hires Gittes ostensibly to find the blonde girl. As Gittes delves deeper into the two cases he uncovers a crooked plot to make money by manipulating the water supply and some very nasty family secrets.
Edition Details
Edition Special Collector's Edition
Distributor Paramount Home Video
Release Date 11/28/2007
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Theatrical Widescreen (2.35:1)
Subtitles Danish; Dutch; English; Finnish; French; German; Italian; Norwegian; Spanish; Swedish
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Mono [French]
Mono [German]
Mono [Italian]
Mono [Spanish]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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