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Quotations from Chinatown

Chinatown is a mystery crime-drama about a private detective who is investigating an adultry case about a woman's husband that is a builder for the city's water supply system, but he stumbles upon a murder scheme that has something to do with the city water supply. He finds out that not only was the killed, but the woman who originally hired him is an imposter. Directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston.

Read below the quotes from this famous film, Chinatown, that won the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.


[first lines]
Jake Gittes: All right, Curly. Enough's enough. You can't eat the Venetian blinds. I just had them installed on Wednesday.
Jake Gittes: He's rich! Do you understand? He thinks he can get away with anything.
Evelyn Mulwray: Tell me, Mr. Gittes: Does this often happen to you?
Jake Gittes: What's that?
Evelyn Mulwray: Well, I'm judging only on the basis of one afternoon and an evening, but, uh, if this is how you go about your work, I'd say you'd be lucky to, uh, get through a whole day.
Jake Gittes: Actually, this hasn't happened to me for a long time.
Evelyn Mulwray: When was the last time?
Jake Gittes: Why?
Evelyn Mulwray: It's an innocent question.
Jake Gittes: In Chinatown.
Evelyn Mulwray: What were you doing there?
Jake Gittes: Working for the District Attorney.
Evelyn Mulwray: Doing what?
Jake Gittes: As little as possible.
Evelyn Mulwray: The District Attorney gives his men advice like that?
Jake Gittes: They do in Chinatown.
Jake Gittes: Evelyn, put that gun away. Let the police handle this.
Evelyn Mulwray: He owns the police!
Jake Gittes: There's no point in getting tough with me. I'm just...
Evelyn Mulwray: I don't get tough with anyone, Mr. Gittes. My lawyer does.
Noah Cross: You've got a nasty reputation, Mr. Gitts. I like that.
Jake Gittes: How do you like them apples?
Jake Gittes: What the hell is going on here, Lou?
Lt. Escobar: I don't know. What's going on? What's happening with you?
Evelyn Mulwray: She's my daughter.
[Gittes slaps Evelyn]
Jake Gittes: I said I want the truth!
Evelyn Mulwray: She's my sister...
[slap]
Evelyn Mulwray: She's my daughter...
[slap]
Evelyn Mulwray: My sister, my daughter.
[More slaps]
Jake Gittes: I said I want the truth!
Evelyn Mulwray: She's my sister AND my daughter!

[last lines]
Walsh: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
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