About

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.

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Directed by

Roman Polanski

Written by

Robert Towne (Screenplay)

Runtime

130 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

You get tough. You get tender. You get close to each other. Maybe you even get close to the truth.

Cast

Keywords

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Photos

Lists

#131 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#49 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#21 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#13 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

Awards

Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay Robert Towne

Oscar nomination for Best Director Roman Polanski

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography John A. Alonzo

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Richard Sylbert W. Stewart Campbell Ruby R. Levitt