AWPL Classic Monday - Chinatown (1974) Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. Roman Polanski’s neo-noir thriller film stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. Los Angeles 1937: Jake 'J.J.' Gittes, a private detective, is hired to expose an adulterer, but finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. With exquisite period sets and costumes, and exceptional dialogue (Robert Towne would win Best Screenplay Oscar for his brilliant filmic writing), Chinatown is a 70’s masterpiece. Rated R: 2 hours 10 minutes.