Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. 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.
- Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
- Studio: Paramount, Penthouse, Long Road Productions, Robert Evans Company
- Keyword: rape, sea, river, chinatown, mistake in person, pedophilia, dying and death, barrage, conspiracy, whodunit, los angeles, california, private detective, neo-noir
- Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Diane Ladd