You've got a nasty reputation, Mr. Gittes. I like that.

Noah Cross

'Course I'm respectable. I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.

Noah Cross

He's rich! Do you understand? He thinks he can get away with anything.

Jake Gittes

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.


Sure, mom, I settle down with a nice girl every night, then I'm free the next morning.

Tommy DeVito

What can I tell you, kid? You're right. When you're right, you're right, and you're right.

Jake Gittes

There is no defeat in death, Master Bruce. Victory comes in defending what we know is right while we still live.


I hate to disappoint you but my rubber lips are immune to your charms.


Poison... Poison Ivy.

Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy

Stupid thugs. People behaving like that with guns.

Hyman Roth

[voice over narration] At the very edge of the horizon we could make out the gas fires of the refineries at Missoula, while to the south we could see the lights of Cheyenne, a city bigger and grander than I'd ever seen.

Holly Sargis

[voice over narration] Of course I had to keep all of this a secret from my Dad. He would had a fit because Kit was ten years older than me and came from the wrong side of the tracks so called.

Holly Sargis

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