JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply.
Faye Dunaway....Evelyn Mulwray
John Huston....Noah Cross
Darrell Zwerling....Hollis Mulwray
Diane Ladd....Ida Sessions
Roman Polanski....Man with Knife
Richard Bakalyan....Loach (as Dick Bakalyan)
James Hong....Evelyn's Butler
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