CHINATOWN QUOTES

“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”

“You see, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of anything.”

“Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.”

“She’s my sister and my daughter!”

“I didn’t hire you to find out what’s wrong with me, Mr. Gittes. I hired you to follow my husband.”

“You’re a very nosy fellow, kitty cat, huh? you know what happens to nosy fellas like you? They lose their noses.”

“Either you bring the water to L.A., or you bring L.A. to the water.”

“You’re one of those rotten cops, aren’t you?”

“I don’t get tough with anyone, Mr. Gittes. My lawyer does.”

“You’re dealing with professionals here.”

“You’re a great help! You’re as dumb as he is.”

“I’m watching you.”

“You’re a red herring, you know that?”

“You may think you know what you’re dealing with, but believe me, you don’t.”

“Most people never have to face the fact that, at the right time and right place, they’re capable of anything.”

“Noah Cross: ‘Course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.”

“Hollis Mulwray was a very well-liked man. None of this makes any sense to me.”

“Are you alone?”

“Forget about it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.”

“Either you bring the water to L.A., or you bring L.A. to the water.”

“Ms. Mulwray: What did you do to my husband? Jake Gittes: I have no idea.”

“It’s all a fake! You know what happens to nosy guys like you? They lose their noses.”

“People only live there because they can’t afford to live anywhere else.”

“That’s my last offer, Mrs. Mulwray. Take it or leave it.”

“Bad for glass.”

“She’s my sister and my daughter!”

“Sometimes someone’s just too ugly to photograph.”

“Mr. Mulwray, I… don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t know how she got those bruises.”

“Then why are you here? Exactly what do you want from me? I’m aleady on the train.”

“The courts are not fit for deciding what’s best for the people!”