Evil influences can make a man do just about anything, and Jack Nicholson as Jake Gittes knows it all too well. Jack Nicholson is superb in just about any role he is given, and the 70’s was his decade. From Easy Rider in the later sixties to the Shining in 1980, Nicholson came onto the screen with vim and vigor. In his role as Jake in Chinatown he was flawless. Unfortunately The Godfather II was released the same year, and the Academy gave it’s best Actor award to an aging Art Carney.
Jack came into his own in this film, and his portrayal of a detective bent on finding the truth, but then realizing maybe the truth is not a good thing is powerful and moving. Jack is by far the greatest actor of our generation, maybe of any generation and this film gives one of the reasons why.