Movie Quotes from Chinatown: Quotes from the movie Chinatown

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

–Are you alone?
–Aren’t we all?

–He lives at 1712 Alameda. Do you know where that is?
–Sure. It’s in Chinatown.

–Say hello to Mr. Gittes, sweetheart.

–There’s something black in the green part of your eye.
–Oh, that. It’s a…It’s a flaw in the iris.
–Yes, it’s a sort of birthmark.

–You may think you know what you’re dealing with, but, believe me,
you don’t….Why is that funny?
–That’s what the District Attorney used to tell me in Chinatown.

…Los Angeles is a desert community.

1) A memorial service was held at the Mar Vista Inn today for Jasper Lamar Crabb. He passed away two weeks ago. 2) Why is that unusual? 1) He passed away two weeks ago and one week ago he bought the land. That’s unusual.

1) Evelyn, put that gun away. The police can handle this. 2) He owns the police!

1) Hollis seems to think you’re an innocent man. 2) Well, I’ve been accused of a lot of things before, Mrs. Mulwray, but never that.

1) I hope you don’t mind. I believe they should be served with the head. 2) Fine. Long as you don’t serve chicken that way.

1) Isn’t that your phone number? 2) Is it? I don’t call myself that often.

1) Mind if I take one of your cards? In case I want to get in touch
with you again?
2) Help yourself.

1) Mulvihill! What are you doing here? 2) They shut my water off. What’s it to you? 1) How’d you find out about it? You don’t drink it. You don’t take a bath in it. They wrote you a letter. But then you have to be able to read.

1) What happened to your nose, Gittes? Somebody slammed a bedroom window on it? 2) Nope. Your wife got excited. She crossed her legs a little too quick. You understand what I mean, pal?

1) What makes you certain that your husband is, um, involved with someone? 2) A wife can tell. 1) Mrs. Mulwray, do you love your husband? 2) Yes, of course. 1) Then go home and forget everything.

1) You’re a very nosy fellow, kitty cat. 2) Huh? 1) You know what happens to nosy fellows? 2) Huh? 1) No? Wanna guess? 2) Huh? 1)No? Okay. They lose their noses.

All right Curley, enough’s enough. You can’t eat the venetian blinds.
I just had ’em installed on Wednesday.

All right. Come on, clear the area. On the sidewalk. Get off the street.

Anyway, I … the point is, Mrs. Mulwray, I’m not in business to be loved, but I am in business. And believe me, whoever set up you husband, set me up. L.A.’s a small town. People talk.

Curley, do me a favor.

damn florshiem shoe

Do you know the expression, ‘Let sleeping dogs lie?’

Do you understand or is it too tough for you?

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

Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown

Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

Go home, Jake. I’m doing you a favor.

Goddamn Florshein shoes.

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

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How much better can you eat? What can you buy that you don’t already have?
The future, Mr. Gittes, the future.

I dislike the word cheat.

I don’t want your last dime. What kind of guy do you think I am?

I goddamn near lost my nose. And I like it. I like breathing through it.

I help people out. I don’t kick them out of their homes when they’re in a desperate situation.

I said I want the truth!

I see you like publicity, Mr. Gittes. Well, you’re going to get it.

I see you like publicity, Mr. Gittes. Well, you’re going to get it.

I take a long lunch. All day sometimes.

I’ll tell you the unwritten law, you dumb son-of-a-bitch. You gotta
be rich to kill somebody, anybody, and get away with it. You think
you got that kind of dough? You think you got that kind of class?

I’m just a snoop.

It’s not a departmental matter.

It’s very personal. It couldn’t be more personal. Is this a business
or an obsession with you?

Jasper Lamar Crabb.

Just find the girl, Mr. Gits.

Let’s have a big smile, pal.

Money doesn’t matter to me, Mr. Gittes.

Mrs. Mulwray no home.

Mulwray’s dead. You don’t know what you’re talking about, you dumb

Okay Curl, enough’s enough. You can’t eat the venetian blinds; I just had em installed on Wednesday.

Only in L.A.

Salt water welly bad for glass.



See, Mr. Gitts, most people never have to face the fact that, at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of…anything.

She’s my sister and my daughter!

Sophie, go to the little girl’s room for a minute.

The dam’s a con job.

The guy’s got water on the brain.

There’s no time to be shocked by the truth.

This is not a lending library.

To tell you the truth, I lied a little.

Well, I’v been accused of many things, Mrs. Mulwray, but never that.

Well, it won’t hold. I won’t build it, it’s that simple. I’m not going to make the same mistake twice.

Well, to tell you the truth, I lied a little.

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

Who’s the midget?

Yeah sure. Bad for glass.

Yeah? Ain’t that something? Middle of a drought, the water commissioner drowns. Only in L.A.

you can’t eat the venetian blinds Curl. I just had them installed on Wednesday

You don’t know what you’re talking about you dumb Oakie.

You’re already got one going, Mrs. Mulwray.

You’re dumber than you think I think you are.

You’ve got a nasty reputation, Mr. Gitts. I like that.

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