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1974 American neo-noir film, directed by Roman Polanski, and starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston.

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Where is the "Northwest Valley" referred to in the 1974 Movie "Chinatown"?

Recently viewed the classic mystery Chinatown (1974). The "Northwest Valley" was referred to several times in the movie (they depicted the area as having lots of orange groves). Believe it ...
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Why does Jake go to the Albacore Club?

About halfway through Chinatown, Jack Nicholson goes to the Albacore Club. Why does he go there? This happens immediately after the scene where Faye Dunaway comes to his office to hire him to ...
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Why doesn't Chinatown have any dam alternatives?

One important plot element in Chinatown is the proposed construction of a dam, to create a new reservoir to supply water to drought-afflicted Los Angeles. Hollis Mulwray, Chief of the Department of ...
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To whom did the bifocals belong to in the movie Chinatown?

In the 1974 movie Chinatown the following happens: At Evelyn's mansion, Gittes finds her servants packing her things. He realizes her garden pond is salt water and discovers a pair of bifocals in ...
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What is the meaning of the line at the end of Chinatown?

At the end of the amazing film Chinatown, Jake Gittes is told, 'Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown'. What are supposed to deduce from this? Is it that Jake is powerless to prevent or challenge what had ...
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