Lists: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Conspiracy thriller, Crime / Heist, Detective investigation, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1970 to 1979, Sight And Sound Critics Top 250

Brief Synopsis: "A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water."

Overall Ranking: 126 (Rank from 1974: # 4)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 80%
Regular 20%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Josh of Classicblanca100
David Baruffi97(full review)
Keith And The Movies97(full review)
Dan O'Neill95(full review)
Jim Carrier92 - Classic Jack being Jack as Jake Gittes, a private eye that gets mixed up in an affluent families' problems...leading to major problems of his own. Great writing, great directing by the late, great John Huston. You want to see this classic.
Cut The Crap Movie Reviews by Aiden R90(full review)
Bryan Lienesch89 - The more you look back and the more you cut away al the bells and whistles of modern cinema, the more you realize just how much Nicholson's charisma bursts right through the screen.
Brittani Burnham of Rambling Film85(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest79(full review)
Thomas Pollock70

People Involved

  • Jack Nicholson (Jake Gittes)
  • Faye Dunaway (Evelyn Cross Mulwray)
  • John Huston (Noah Cross)
  • Perry Lopez (Lieutenant Lou Escobar)
  • John Hillerman (Russ Yelburton)
  • Darrell Zwerling (Hollis I. Mulwray)
  • Diane Ladd (Ida Sessions)
  • Roy Jenson (Claude Mulvihill)
  • Roman Polanski (Man with Knife)
  • Richard Bakalyan (Detective Loach)
  • Bruce Glover (Duffy)
  • Joe Mantell (Walsh)
  • Nandu Hinds (Sophie)
  • James ORear (Lawyer)
  • James Hong (Evelyns Butler)
  • Beulah Quo (Maid)
  • Jerry Fujikawa (Gardener)
  • Belinda Palmer (Katherine)
  • Roy Roberts (Mayor Bagby)
  • Noble Willingham (Councilman)
  • Elliott Montgomery (Councilman)
  • Rance Howard (Irate Farmer)
  • George Justin (Barber)
  • C.O. Erickson (Customer)
  • Fritzi Burr (Mulwrays Secretary)
  • Charles Knapp (Mortician)
  • Claudio Martinez (Boy on Horseback)
  • Federico Roberto (Cross Butler)
  • Allan Warnick (Clerk)
  • Burt Young (Curly)
  • Roman Polanski (Director)
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