Jack Nicholson (J. J. Gittes), Faye
Dunaway (Evelyn Mulwray), John Huston (Noah Cross), Perry Lopez (Escobar), John Hillerman (Yelburton), Darrell Zwerling (Hollis Mulwray), Diane Ladd (Ida Sessions),
Roy Jenson (Mulvihill)
An absolute classic of 1970's cinema which updates film
noir for a modern age.
Jack Nicholson gives one of his career best performances
as Jake 'J. J.' Gittes, a private eye in 1930's Los Angeles who takes on a case he thinks is simple, but uncovers scandal and murder during his investigations, involving a corrupt politician
with a sinister plan to monopolise the city's water supply.
The complex, labyrinthine plot leads Gittes down many
cul-de-sacs and twists a wicked web with the unsympathetic characters he meets as he attempts to uncover the truth, before a downbeat but impossible-to-forget conclusion.
The film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, but
lost out to The Godfather part II. Many may say that any other year, it would have claimed the prize. Personally, I think it should have.