CHINATOWN (1974)
      
Directed by Roman Polanski 
      
Written by Robert Towne
      
THIRD DRAFT
      
OCTOBER 9, 1973

Jack Nicholson ................... J. J. (Jake) Gittes 
Faye Dunaway .................... Evelyn Cross Mulwray 
John Huston ............................... Noah Cross 
Perry Lopez ................... Lieutenant Lou Escobar
John Hillerman ........................ Russ Yelburton
Darrell Zwerling ................... Hollis I. Mulwray 
Diane Ladd .............................. Ida Sessions
Roy Jenson .......................... Claude Mulvihill 
Roman Polanski ........................ Man with Knife 
Richard Bakalyan ................ Detective Loach LAPD 
   
     FULL SCREEN PHOTOGRAPH grainy but unmistakably a man and 
     woman making love.

     Photograph shakes. SOUND of a man MOANING in anguish.

     The photograph is dropped, REVEALING ANOTHER, MORE 
     compromising one. Then another, and another. More moans.

                           CURLY'S VOICE
                    (crying out)
               Oh, no.

     INT. GITTES' OFFICE

     CURLY drops the photos on Gittes' desk. Curly towers over 
     GITTES and sweats heavily through his workman's clothes, his 
     breathing progressively more labored. A drop plunks on Gittes' 
     shiny desk top.

     Gittes notes it. A fan whiffs overhead. Gittes glances up at 
     it. He looks cool and brisk in a white linen suit despite 
     the heat. Never taking his eyes off Curly, he lights a 
     cigarette using a lighter with a "nail" on his desk.

     Curly, with another anguished sob, turns and rams his fist 
     into the wall, kicking the wastebasket as he does.

     He starts to sob again, slides along the wall where his fist 
     has left a noticeable dent and its impact has sent the signed 
     photos of several movie stars askew.

     Curly slides on into the blinds and sinks to his knees.

     He is weeping heavily now, and is in such pain that he 
     actually bites into the blinds.

     Gittes doesn't move from his chair.

                           GITTES
               All right, enough is enough -- you 
               can't eat the Venetian blinds, Curly. 
               I just had 'em installed on Wednesday.

     Curly responds slowly, rising to his feet, crying. Gittes 
     reaches into his desk and pulls out a shot glass, quickly 
     selects a cheaper bottle of bourbon from several fifths of 
     more expensive whiskeys.

     Gittes pours a large shot. He shoves the glass across his 
     desk toward Curly.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               -- Down the hatch.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Curly stares dumbly at it. Then picks it up, and drains it. 
     He sinks back into the chair opposite Gittes, begins to cry 
     quietly.

                           CURLY
                    (drinking, relaxing a 
                    little)
               She's just no good.

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

                           CURLY
               -- Ain't worth thinking about.

     Gittes leaves the bottle with Curly.

                           GITTES
               You're absolutely right, I wouldn't 
               give her another thought.

                           CURLY
                    (pouring himself)
               You know, you're okay, Mr. Gittes.  
               I know it's your job, but you're 
               okay.

                           GITTES
                    (settling back, 
                    breathing a little 
                    easier)
               Thanks, Curly. Call me Jake.

                           CURLY
               Thanks. You know something, Jake?

                           GITTES
               What's that, Curly?

                           CURLY
               I think I'll kill her.

     INT. DUFFY & WALSH'S OFFICE

     noticeably less plush than Gitte's. A well-groomed, dark-
     haired WOMAN sits nervously between their two desks, fiddling 
     with the veil on her pillbox hat.

                           WOMAN
               -- I was hoping Mr. Gittes could see 
               to this personally --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           WALSH
                    (almost the manner of 
                    someone comforting 
                    the bereaved)
               -- If you'll allow us to complete 
               our preliminary questioning, by then 
               he'll be free.

     There is the SOUND of ANOTHER MOAN coming from Gittes' Office -- 
     something made of glass shatters. The Woman grows more edgy.

     INT. GITTES' OFFICE - GITTES & CURLY

     Gittes and Curly stand in front of the desk, Gittes staring 
     contemptuously at the heavy breathing hulk towering over 
     him. Gittes takes a handkerchief and wipes away the plunk of 
     perspiration on his desk.

                           CURLY
                    (crying)
               They don't kill a guy for that.

                           GITTES
               Oh they don't?

                           CURLY
               Not for your wife. That's the 
               unwritten law.

     Gittes pounds the photos on the desk, shouting;

                           GITTES
               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?

     Curly shrinks back a little.

                           CURLY
               ... No...

                           GITTES
               You bet your ass you don't. You can't 
               even pay me off.

     This seems to upset Curly even more.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           CURLY
               I'll pay the rest next trip -- we 
               only caught sixty ton of skipjack 
               around San Benedict.  We hit a 
               chubasco, they don't pay you for 
               skipjack the way they do for tuna or 
               albacore --

                           GITTES
                    (easing him out of 
                    his office)
               Forget it. I only mention it to 
               illustrate a point...

     INT. OFFICE RECEPTION

     He's now walking him past SOPHIE who pointedly averts her 
     gaze. He opens the door where on the pebbled glass can be 
     read: J. J. GITTES and Associates - DISCREET INVESTIGATION.

                           GITTES
               I don't want your last dime.

     He throws an arm around Curly and flashes a dazzling smile.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               What kind of guy do you think I am?

                           CURLY
               Thanks, Mr. Gittes.

                           GITTES
               Call me Jake. Careful driving home, 
               Curly.

     He shuts the door on him and the smile disappears.

     He shakes his head, starting to swear under his breath.

                           SOPHIE
               -- A Mrs. Mulwray is waiting for
               you, with Mr. Walsh and Mr. Duffy.

     Gittes nods, walks on in.

     INT. DUFFY AND WALSH'S OFFICE

     Walsh rises when Gittes enters.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           WALSH
               Mrs. Mulwray, may I present Mr.  
               GITTES?
               Gittes walks over to her and again 
               flashes a warm, sympathetic smile.

                           GITTES
               How do you do, Mrs. Mulwray?

                           MRS. MULWRAY
               Mr. Gittes...

                           GITTES
               Now, Mrs. Mulwray, what seems to be 
               the problem?

     She holds her breath. The revelation isn't easy for her.

                           MRS. MULWRAY
               My husband, I believe, is seeing 
               another woman.

     Gittes looks mildly shocked. He turns for confirmation to 
     his two partners.

                           GITTES
                    (gravely)
               No, really?

                           MRS. MULWRAY
               I'm afraid so.

                           GITTES
               I am sorry.

     Gittes pulls up a chair sitting next to Mrs. Mulwray --

     between Duffy and Walsh. Duffy cracks his gum.

     Gittes gives him an irritated glance.

     Duffy stops chewing.

                           MRS. MULWRAY
               Can't we talk about this alone, Mr. 
               Gittes?

                           GITTES
               I'm afraid not, Mrs. Mulwray.  These 
               men are my operatives and at some 
               point they're going to assist me. I 
               can't do everything myself.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           MRS. MULWRAY
               Of course not.

                           GITTES
               Now -- what makes you certain he is 
               involved with someone?

     Mrs. Mulwray hesitates. She seems uncommonly nervous at the 
     question.

                           MRS. MULWRAY
               -- a wife can tell.

     Gittes sighs.

                           GITTES
               Mrs. Mulwray, do you love your 
               husband?

                           MRS. MULWRAY
                    (shocked)
               ... Yes of course.

                           GITTES
                    (deliberately)
               Then go home and forget about it.

                           MRS. MULWRAY
               -- but...

                           GITTES
                    (staring intently at 
                    her)
               I'm sure he loves you, too. You know 
               the expression, let sleeping dogs 
               lie? You're better off not knowing.

                           MRS. MULWRAY
                    (with some real anxiety)
               But I have to know.

     Her intensity is genuine. Gittes looks to his two partners.

                           GITTES
               All right, what's your husband's 
               first name?

                           MRS. MULWRAY
               Hollis. Hollis Mulwray.

                           GITTES
                    (visibly surprised)
               -- Water and Power?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Mrs. Mulwray nods, almost shyly. Gittes is now casually but 
     carefully checking out the detailing of Mrs. Mulwray's dress -- 
     her handbag, shoes, etc.

                           MRS. MULWRAY
               -- he's the Chief Engineer.

                           DUFFY
                    (a little eagerly)
               -- Chief Engineer?

     Gittes' glance tells Duffy Gittes wants to do the questioning. 
     Mrs. Mulwray nods.

                           GITTES
                    (confidentially)
               This type of investigation can be 
               hard on your pocketbook, Mrs.

     Mulwray. It takes time.

                           MRS. MULWRAY
               Money doesn't matter to me, Mr.
               Gittes.

     Gittes sighs.

                           GITTES
               Very well. We'll see what we can do.

     EXT. CITY HALL - MORNING

     already shimmering with heat.

     A drunk blows his nose with his fingers into the fountain at 
     the foot of the steps.

     Gittes, impeccably dressed, passes the drunk on the way up 
     the stairs.

     INT. COUNCIL CHAMBERS

     Former Mayor SAM BAGBY is speaking. Behind him is a huge 
     map, with overleafs and bold lettering:

     "PROPOSED ALTO VALLEJO DAM AND RESERVOIR"

     Some of the councilmen are reading funny papers and gossip 
     columns while Bagby is speaking.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           BAGBY
               -- Gentlemen, today you can walk out 
               that door, turn right, hop on a 
               streetcar and in twenty-five minutes 
               end up smack in the Pacific Ocean. 
               Now you can swim in it, you can fish 
               in it, you can sail in it - but you 
               can't drink it, you can't water your 
               lawns with it, you can't irrigate an 
               orange grove with it. Remember -- we 
               live next door to the ocean but we 
               also live on the edge of the desert. 
               Los Angeles is a desert community.
               Beneath this building, beneath every 
               street there's a desert.  Without 
               water the dust will rise up and cover 
               us as though we'd never existed!
                    (pausing, letting the 
                    implication sink in)

     CLOSE - GITTES

     sitting next to some grubby farmers, bored. He yawns -- edges 
     away from one of the dirtier farmers.

                           BAGBY(O.S.) (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               The Alto Vallejo can save us from 
               that, and I respectfully suggest 
               that eight and a half million dollars 
               is a fair price to pay to keep the 
               desert from our streets -- and not 
               on top of them.

     AUDIENCE - COUNCIL CHAMBERS

     An amalgam of farmers, businessmen, and city employees have 
     been listening with keen interest. A couple of the farmers 
     applaud. Somebody shooshes them.

     COUNCIL COMMITTEE

     in a whispered conference.

                           COUNCILMAN
                    (acknowledging Bagby)
               -- Mayor Bagby... let's hear from
               the departments again -- I suppose 
               we better take Water and Power first. 
               Mr. Mulwray.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     REACTION - GITTES

     looking up with interest from his racing form.

     MULWRAY

     walks to the huge map with overleafs. He is a slender man in 
     his sixties, who wears glasses and moves with surprising 
     fluidity. He turns to a smaller, younger man, and nods. The 
     man turns the overleaf on the map.

                           MULWRAY
               In case you've forgotten, gentlemen, 
               over five hundred lives were lost 
               when the Van der Lip Dam gave way -- 
               core samples have shown that beneath 
               this bedrock is shale similar to the 
               permeable shale in the Van der Lip 
               disaster.  It couldn't withstand 
               that kind of pressure there.
                    (referring to a new 
                    overleaf)
               Now you propose yet another dirt 
               banked terminus dam with slopes of 
               two and one half to one, one hundred 
               twelve feet high and a twelve thousand 
               acre water surface.  Well, it won't 
               hold. I won't build it. It's that 
               simple -- I am not making that kind 
               of mistake twice. Thank you, 
               gentlemen.

     Mulwray leaves the overleaf board and sits down. Suddenly 
     there are some whoops and hollers from the rear of the 
     chambers and a red-faced FARMER drives in several scrawny, 
     bleating sheep. Naturally, they cause a commotion.

                           COUNCIL PRESIDENT
                    (shouting to farmer)
               What in the hell do you think you're 
               doing?
                    (as the sheep bleat 
                    down the aisles toward 
                    the Council)
               Get those goddam things out of here!

                           FARMER
                    (right back)
               Tell me where to take them!  You 
               don't have an answer for that so 
               quick, do you?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Bailiffs and sergeants-at-arms respond to the imprecations 
     of the Council and attempt to capture the sheep and the 
     farmers, having to restrain one who looks like he's going to 
     bodily attack Mulwray.

                           FARMER (CONT'D)
                    (through above, to 
                    Mulwray)
               -- You steal the water from the 
               Valley, ruin the grazing, starve my 
               livestock -- who's paying you to do 
               that, Mr. Mulwray, that's what I 
               want to know!

     L.A. RIVERBED - LONG SHOT

     It's virtually empty. Sun blazes off its ugly concrete banks. 
     Where the banks are earthen, they are parched and choked 
     with weeds.

     After a moment, Mulwray's car pulls INTO VIEW on a flood 
     control road about fifteen feet above the riverbed.

     Mulwray gets out of the car. Me looks around.

     WITH GITTES

     holding a pair of binoculars, downstream and just above the 
     flood control road -- using some dried mustard weeds for 
     cover. he watches while Mulwray makes his way down to the 
     center of the riverbed.

     There Mulwray stops, tuns slowly, appears to be looking at 
     the bottom of the riverbed, or -- at nothing at all.

     GITTES

     trains the binoculars on him. Sun glints off Mulwray's 
     glasses.

     BELOW GITTES

     There's the SOUND of something like champagne corks popping. 
     Then a small Mexican boy atop a swayback horse rides it into 
     the riverbed, and into Gitte's view.

     MULWRAY

     himself stops, stands still when he hears the sound.

     Power lines and the sun are overhead, the trickle of brackish 
     water at his feet.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     He moves swiftly downstream in the direction of the sound, 
     toward Gittes.

     GITTES

     moves a little further back as Mulwray rounds the bend in 
     the river and comes face to face with the Mexican boy on the 
     muddy banks. Mulwray says something to the boy.

     The boy doesn't answer at first. Mulwray points to the ground. 
     The boy gestures. Mulwray frowns. He kneels down in the mud 
     and stares at it. He seems to be concentrating on it.

     After a moment, he rises, thanks the boy and heads swiftly 
     back upstream -- scrambling up the bank to his car.

     There he reaches through the window and pulls out a roll of 
     blueprints or something like them - he spreads them on the 
     hood of his car and begins to scribble some notes, looking 
     downstream from time to time.

     The power lines overhead HUM.

     He stops, listens to them -- then rolls up the plans and 
     gets back in the car. He drives off.

     GITTES

     Hurries to get back to his car. He gets in and gets right 
     back out. The steamy leather burns him. He takes a towel 
     from the back seat and carefully places it on the front one. 
     He gets in and takes off.

     POINT FERMIN PARK - DUSK

     Street lights go on.

     MULWRAY

     pulls up, parks. Hurries out of the car, across the park 
     lawn and into the shade of some trees and buildings.

     GITTES

     pulls up, moves across the park at a different angle, but in 
     the direction Mulwray had gone. He makes it through the trees 
     in time to see Mulwray scramble adroitly down the side of 
     the cliff to the beach below.  He seems in a hurry. Gittes 
     moves after him - having a little more difficulty negotiating 
     the climb than Mulwray did.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     DOWN ON THE BEACH

     Gittes looks to his right - where the bay is a long, clear 
     crescent. He looks to his left - there's a promontory of 
     sorts. It's apparent Mulwray has gone that way. Gittes 
     hesitates, then moves in that direction

     -- but climbs along the promontory in order to be above 
     Mulwray.

     AT THE OUTFALL

     Gittes spots Mulwray just below him, kicking at the sand.

     Mulwray picks up a starfish. Brushes the sand off it.

     Looks absently up toward Gittes.

     GITTES

     backs away, sits near the outfall, yawns.

     BEACON LIGHT AT POINT FERMIN

     flashing in the dust.

     CLOSE - GITTES

     sitting, suddenly starts. He swears softly -- he's in a puddle 
     of water and the seat of his trousers is wet.

     MULWRAY

     below him in watching the water trickling down from the 
     outfall near Gittes.

     Mulwray stands and stares at the water, apparently fascinated. 
     Even as Gittes watches Mulwray watching, the volume and 
     velocity seem to increase until it gushes in spurts, cascading 
     into the sea, whipping it into a foam.

     AT THE STREET - GITTES' CAR

     There's a slip of paper stuck under the windshield wiper.

     Gittes pulls it off, gets in the car and turns on the dash 
     light. It says: "SAVE OUR CITY! LOS ANGELES IS DYING OF 
     THIRST! PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY! LOS ANGELES IS YOUR INVESTMENT 
     IN THE FUTURE!!!  VOTE YES NOVEMBER 6......CITIZENS COMMITTEE 
     TO SAVE OUR CITY, HON. SAM BAGBY, FORMER MAYOR - CHAIRMAN." 
     Gittes grumbles, crumples it up and tosses it out the window. 
     He notices other flyers parked on a couple of cars down the 
     street.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Gittes reaches down and opens his glove compartment.

     INT. GLOVE COMPARTMENT

     consists of a small mountain of Ingersoll pocket watches.

     The cheap price tags are still on them. Gittes pulls out 
     one.

     He absently winds it, checks the time with his own watch.

     It's 9:37 as he walks to Mulwray's car and places it behind 
     the front wheel of Mulwray's car. He yawns again and heads 
     back to his own car.

     GITTES

     arrives whistling, opens the door with "J.J. GITTES AND 
     ASSOCIATES - DISCREET INVESTIGATION" on it.

                           GITTES
               Morning, Sophie.

     Sophie hands him a small pile of messages. He goes through 
     them.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Walsh here?

                           SOPHIE
               He's in the dark room.

     Gittes walks through his office to Duffy and Walsh's.

     A little red light is on in the corner, over a closed door. 
     Gittes walks over and knocks on the door.

                           GITTES
               Where'd he go yesterday?

                           WALSH'S VOICE
               Three reservoirs -- Men's room of a 
               Richfield gas station on Flower, and 
               the Pig 'n Whistle.

                           GITTES
               Jesus Christ, this guy's really got 
               water on the brain.

                           WALSH'S VOICE
               What'd you expect? That's his job.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GITTES
               Listen, we can't string this broad 
               out indefinitely -- we got to come 
               up with something.

                           WALSH'S VOICE
               I think I got something.

                           GITTES
               Oh yeah? You pick up the watch?

     INT. DUFFY & WALSH'S OFFICE - GITTES

                           WALSH'S VOICE
               It's on your desk. Say, you hear the 
               one about the guy who goes to the 
               North Pole with Admiral Byrd looking 
               for penguins?

     Gittes walks to his office.

     ON HIS DESK

     is the Ingersoll watch, the crystal broken -- the hands 
     stopped at 2:47.

                           GITTES
               He was there all night.

     Gittes drops it, sits down. Walsh comes in carrying a series 
     of wet photos stuck with clothes pins onto a small blackboard.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; eagerly)
               So what you got?

     Walsh shows him the photos. He looks at them. They are a 
     series outside a restaurant showing Mulwray with another man 
     whose appearance is striking. In two of the photos a gnarled 
     cane is visible.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; obviously 
                    annoyed)
               This?

                           WALSH
               They got into a terrific argument 
               outside the Pig 'n Whistle.

                           GITTES
               What about?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           WALSH
               I don't know -- the traffic was pretty 
               loud. I only heard one thing -- apple 
               core.

                           GITTES
               Apple core?

                           WALSH
                    (shrugs)
               Yeah.

     INT. GITTES' OFFICE

     Gittes tosses down the photos in disgust.

                           GITTES
               Jesus Christ, Walsh -- that's what 
               you spent your day doing?

                           WALSH
               Look, you tell me to take pictures, 
               I take pictures.

                           GITTES
               Let me explain something to you, 
               Walsh -- this business requires a 
               certain finesse --

     The PHONE has been RINGING. Sophie buzzes him.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Yeah, Sophie?
                    (he picks up the phone)
               Duffy, where are you?

     Duffy's VOICE can be HEARD, excitedly -- "I got it. I got 
     it. He's found himself some cute little twist - in a rowboat, 
     in Echo Park."

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Okay, slow down -- Echo Park --
                    (to Walsh)
               Jesus, water again.

     WESTLAKE PARK (MCARTHUR PARK)

     Duffy is rowing, Gittes seated in the stern.

     They pass Mulwray and a slender blonde girl in a summer print 
     dress, drifting in their rowboat, Mulwray fondly doting on 
     the girl.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GITTES
                    (to Duffy, as they 
                    pass)
               Let's have a big smile, pal.

     He shoots past Duffy, expertly running off a couple of fast 
     shots. Mulwray and the girl seem blissfully unaware of them.

     DUFFY

     turns again and they row past Mulwray and the girl, Gittes 
     again clicking off several fast shots.

     CLOSE SHOT - SIGN:

                       "EL MACANDO APARTMENTS"

     MOVE ALONG the red tiled roof and down to a lower level of 
     the roof where Gittes' feet are hooked over the apex of the 
     roof and Gittes himself is stretched face downward on the 
     tiles, pointing himself and his camera to a veranda below 
     him where the girl and Mulwray are eating.

     Gittes is clicking off more shots when the tiles his feet 
     are hooked over come loose.

     Gittes begins a slow slide down the tile to the edge of the 
     roof -- and possibly over it to a three-story drop.

     He tries to slow himself down. The loose tile also begins to 
     slide.

     Gittes stops himself at the roof's edge by the storm drain 
     and begins a very precarious turn - this time hooking his 
     feet in the drain itself. The loose tile falls and hits the 
     veranda below. He stops as it's about to slide over the edge.  
     He carefully lays it in the drain. But a fragment off the 
     cracked edge of the tile falls.

     WITH MULWRAY AND THE GIRL

     Mulwray staring at the fragment at his feet. He looks to the 
     girl. He's clearly concerned. He rises, looks up to the roof.

     FROM HIS POV

     The roof and the sign topping it betray nothing. He slowly 
     sits back down, staring at the tile fragment.

     CLOSE SHOT - NEWSPAPER: DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER BLOWS 
     FUSE OVER CHIEF'S USE OF FUNDS FOR EL MACANDO LOVE NEST.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     In the style of the Hearst yellow press, there is a heart-
     shaped drawing around one of the photos that Gittes had taken. 
     Next to it is a smaller column, "J.J. Gittes hired by 
     suspicious spouse."

     INT. BARBERSHOP - GITTES

     holds the paper and reads while getting his haircut and his 
     shoes shined. In fact, almost all the customers are reading 
     papers.

                           BARNEY
                    (to Gittes)
               -- when you get so much publicity,
               after a while you must get blasé 
               about it.

     A self-satisfied smile comes to Gittes' face.

                           BARNEY (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Face it. You're practically a movie 
               star.

     In b.g., customers can be 0VERHEARD talking about the drought. 
     Interspersed with above, someone is saying, "They're gonna 
     start rationing water unless it rains."

     Someone else says, "Only for washing your cars." Third says, 
     "You're not going to be able to water your lawn either, or 
     take a bath more than once a week." First says, "If you don't 
     have a lawn or a car, do you get an extra bath?"

     Gittes has been staring outside the barbershop. A car is 
     stalled. The hood is up. A man watches his radiator boiling 
     over.

                           GITTES
                    (laughing)
               Look at that.

                           BARNEY
               Heat's murder.

                           OTHER CUSTOMER
                    (end of conversation)
               Fools names and fools faces...

     Gittes has heard the word. He straightens up.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 18
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
                    (smiling; to Other 
                    Customer)
               What's that, pal?

                           OTHER CUSTOMER
                    (indicating paper)
               Nothing -- you got a hell of a way 
               to make a living.

                           GITTES
               -- Oh? What do. you do to make
               Ends meet?

                           OTHER CUSTOMER
               Mortgage Department, First National 
               Bank.

     Gittes laughs.

                           GITTES
               Tell me, how many people a week do 
               you foreclose on?

                           OTHER CUSTOMER
               We don't publish a record in the 
               paper, I can tell you that.

                           GITTES
               Neither do I.

                           OTHER CUSTOMER
               No, you have a press agent do it.

     Gittes gets out of the chair. Barney, a little concerned, 
     tries to restrain him, holding onto the barber sheet around 
     Gittes' neck.

                           GITTES
               Barney, who is this bimbo? He a 
               regular customer?

                           BARNEY
               Take it easy, Jake.

                           GITTES
               Look, pal -- I make an honest living. 
               People don't come to me unless they're 
               miserable and I help 'em out of a 
               bad situation.

     I don't kick them out of their homes like you jerks who work 
     in the bank.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 19
     9-16-01                                                     


                           BARNEY
               Jake, for Christ's sake.

     Gittes is trying to take off his sheet.

                           GITTES
               C'mon, get out of the barber chair. 
               We'll go outside and talk this over --

     The Customer is shrinking back into the chair.

                           BARNEY
               Hey, c'mon, Jake. Sit down. Sit down -- 
               you hear about the fella goes to his 
               friend and says, 'What'll I do, I'm 
               tired of screwing my-wife?' and his 
               friend says, 'Whyn't you do what the 
               Chinese do?'

     Gittes allows himself to be tugged back to his chair.

                           GITTES
               I don't know how that got in the 
               paper as a matter of fact - it 
               surprised me it was so quick.  I 
               make an honest living.

                           BARNEY
               'Course you do, Jake.

                           GITTES
               An honest living.

                           BARNEY
                    (continuing)
               So anyway, he says, 'whyn't you do 
               what the Chinese do?'

     INT. GITTES' OFFICE

     Gittes comes bursting in, slapping a newspapers on his thigh.

                           GITTES
               Duffy, Walsh --

     Walsh comes out of his office, Duffy out of the other one.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Sophie -- go to the little girl's 
               room for a minute.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 20
     9-16-01                                                     


                           SOPHIE
               But, Mr. Gittes --

                           GITTES
                    (insisting)
               Sophie.

                           SOPHIE
               Yes, Mr. Gittes.

     She gets up and leaves.

                           GITTES
               -- so there's this fella who's tired 
               of screwing his wife --

                           DUFFY
               Jake, listen -

                           GITTES
               Shut up, Duffy, you're always in a 
               hurry - and his friend says why not 
               do what-the Chinese do? So he says 
               what do they do? His friend says the 
               Chinese they screw for a while -- 
               just listen a second, Duffy --

     A stunning YOUNG WOMAN appears behind Gittes in his doorway. 
     She's shortly joined by a small, GRAY-HAIRED MAN. They listen, 
     unseen by Gittes.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- and then they stop and they read 
               a little Confucius and they screw 
               some more and they stop and they 
               smoke some opium and then they go 
               back and screw some more and they 
               stop again and they contemplate the 
               moon or something and it makes it 
               more exciting.  So this other guy 
               goes home to screw his wife and after 
               a while he stops and gets up and 
               goes into the other room only he 
               reads Life Magazine and he goes back 
               and he screws some more and suddenly 
               says excuse me a second and he gets 
               up and smokes a cigarette and he 
               goes back and by this time his wife 
               is getting sore as hell. So he screws 
               some more and then he gets up to 
               look at the moon and his wife says,
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 21
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               'What the hell do you think you're 
               doing?
                    (Gittes breaks up)
               ... you're screwing like a Chinaman.'

     Gittes hangs onto Sophie's desk laughing his ass off.

     The little Gray-Haired Man winces. When Gittes looks up he 
     sees the Young Woman, apparently in her late twenties. She's 
     so stunning that Gittes nearly gasps.

                           YOUNG WOMAN
               Mr. Gittes?

                           GITTES
               Yes?

                           YOUNG WOMAN
               Do you know me?

                           GITTES
               -- well -- I think I -- I
               would've remembered.

                           YOUNG WOMAN
               Have we ever met?

                           GITTES
               Well, no.

                           YOUNG WOMAN
               Never?

                           GITTES
               Never.

                           YOUNG WOMAN
               That's what I thought. You see, I'm 
               Mrs. Evelyn Mulwray -- you know, Mr. 
               Mulwray's wife.

     Gittes is staggered. He glances down at the newspaper.

                           GITTES
               Not that Mulwray?

                           EVELYN
               Yes, that Mulwray, Mr. Gittes. And 
               since you agree with me we've never 
               met, you must also agree that I 
               haven't hired you to do anything -
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 22
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
               certainly not spy on my husband.  I 
               see you like publicity, Mr. Gittes. 
               Well, you're going to
               get it -

                           GITTES
               Now wait a minute, Mrs. Mulwray...

     She's walked past him toward the door. He stop her.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- there's some misunderstanding 
               here. It's not going to do any good 
               to get tough with me --

     Evelyn flashes a cold smile.

                           EVELYN
               I don't get tough with anybody, Mr. 
               Gittes. My lawyer does.

     Evelyn starts out the door and Gittes starts after her.

     This time he's stopped by the Gray-Haired Man who has also 
     come out of his office and up behind him.

                           GRAY-HAIRED MAN
               Here's something for you, Mr. Gittes --

     Gittes turns to be handed a thick sheaf of papers, a summons 
     and complaint. Evelyn walks out the door.

                           GRAY-HAIRED MAN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; pleasantly)
               I suppose we'll be hearing from your 
               attorney.

     Gittes stares down at the papers in his hand.

     INT. GITTES' INNER OFFICE - GITTES, DUFFY & WALSH

     On Gittes' desk. there are empty coffee cups, the summons 
     and complaint -- and the newspaper Gittes had brought with 
     him from the barber shop.

     The three men are sitting, worn and silent. Walsh chewing 
     gum is the loudest noise in the room.

     Gittes looks to Walsh with obvious irritation. Walsh stops 
     chewing.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 23
     9-16-01                                                     


     Duffy puts out a cigarette in the dregs of one of the coffee 
     cups.

                           GITTES
                    (to Duffy)
               There's seven ashtrays in this room, 
               Duffy.

                           DUFFY
               Okay.

                           GITTES
               That's a filthy habit.

                           DUFFY
               I said okay, Jake.

                           GITTES
               Yeah, yeah -- if she'd come in here 
               saying she was Shirley Temple you'd 
               say okay to that, too.

                           WALSH
               Look, Jake -- she gave us Mulwray's 
               real phone number and address --

                           GITTES
               All she needed for that was the phone 
               book!

                           WALSH
               No, no -- she said not to call, her 
               husband might answer.

                           GITTES
               -- when I find out who that phony 
               bitch was --

     Gittes is staring down at the newspaper. He suddenly grabs 
     the phone, begins dialing. A tight little smile breaks out 
     on his face. He buzzes Sophie.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Sophie.

                           SOPHIE
               Yes, Mr. Gittes.

                           GITTES
               Get me the Times -- Whitey Mehrholtz --
                    (as he waits)
               And how about that snotty broad?
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 24
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (the phone to his ear)
               What does she think, she's perfect?
               Coming in waving her lawyers and her 
               money at me -- so goddam smug.  She's 
               no better than anybody else in this 
               town --

     Sophie BUZZES.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Whitey, what's new, pal?... Yeah, 
               listen, where did you get those 
               photographs... Yeah, blowing a fuse 
               over the El Macando love nest -- 
               that's cute, Whitey...  so who sent 
               them to you... I sent them?
                    (Gittes laughs a little 
                    hysterically)
               Why would I be asking how you got 
               them if I sent them?... Whitey?...
               Whitey?... C'mon, level with me for 
               once, my tit's in the wringer and 
               it's beginning to hurt...  yeah... 
               yeah -- yeah.

     He hangs up.

                           WALSH
               So he says you sent them?

                           GITTES
                    (after a moment)
               -- they're all a bunch of phonies.

     INT. DEPARTMENT WATER & POWER - HALL

     Gittes stops outside a door marked:

     HOLLIS J. MULWRAY

     CHIEF ENGINEER

     He enters an outer office. The SECRETARY looks surprised.

                           GITTES
               Mr. Mulwray, please.

                           SECRETARY
               He's not in, Mr. -

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 25
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               Gittes.

                           SECRETARY
               May I ask what this is regarding?

                           GITTES
               It's personal. Has he been out long?

                           SECRETARY
               Since lunch.

                           GITTES
               Gee whiz --
                    (he glances at his 
                    watch)
               -- and I'm late.

                           SECRETARY
               He was expecting you?

                           GITTES
               Fifteen minutes ago. Why don't I go 
               in and wait?

     Without waiting for a response, he does. The Secretary half 
     rises in protest but Gittes is through the inner door.

     MULWRAY'S INNER OFFICE

     The walls are covered with commendations, photos of Mulwray 
     at various construction sites, large maps of watershed areas 
     and reservoirs in the city. On the desk is a framed, tinted 
     photo of Evelyn in riding clothes.

     Gittes moves to the desk, watching the translucent pane in 
     the upper half of the door leading to the outer office as he 
     does.

     He begins to open and close. the desk drawers after quickly 
     examining the top. He tries one of the drawers and it doesn't 
     open. He reopens the top drawer, and the bottom one opens.

     He looks in it, pulls out a checkbook. He opens it -- riffles 
     through the stubs like he was shuffling cards.

     Drops it -- finds a set of keys, an old phone book, and a 
     menu from a Water Department lunch at the Biltmore Hotel in 
     1913. Then, Gittes hauls out the blueprints that Mulwray had 
     laid across the hood of his car -- they read in bold type: 
     WATERSHED AND DRAINAGE SYSTEM

     FOR THE LOS ANGELES BASIN.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 26
     9-16-01                                                     


     He flips through them -- reads one notation in Mulwray's 
     neat hand: "Tues. night. Oak Pass Res. - 7 channels used."

     Gittes spots a shadow looming in front of the translucent 
     pane. He quickly tosses item after item back, kneeing the 
     drawer -- nearly knocking a spare pair of Mulwray's glasses 
     off the desk top when he does. He catches them, puts them on 
     the desk and is pacing the room as the door opens.

     RUSS YELBURTON

     enters the room. An anxious Secretary is right behind him.

                           YELBURTON
               Can I help you?
                    (extending his hand)
               Russ Yelburton, Deputy Chief in the 
               Department.

                           GITTES
                    (equally pleasant)
               J.J. Gittes -- and it's not a 
               departmental matter.

                           YELBURTON
               I wonder if you'd care to wait in my 
               office?

     This is more a request than an invitation. Gittes nods, 
     follows Yelburton out, through the outer office to his offices 
     down the hall.

                           YELBURTON (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; as they're 
                    going)
               You see -- this whole business in 
               the paper with Mr. Mulwray has us 
               all on edge --

     INT. YELBURTON OFFICE

     Smaller than Mulwray's, he has most noticeably a lacquered 
     marlin mounted on the wall. There are a couple of other 
     pictures of Yelburton with yellowtail and other fish he's 
     standing beside.

     There's also a small burgee of a fish with the initials A.C. 
     below it, tacked onto the wall.

                           YELBURTON
               After all, you work with a man for a 
               certain length of time, you come to
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 27
     9-16-01                                                     


                           YELBURTON (CONT'D)
               know him, his habits, his values, 
               and so forth -- well either he's the 
               kind who chases after women or he 
               isn't.

                           GITTES
               And Mulwray isn't?

                           YELBURTON
               He never even kids about it.

                           GITTES
               Maybe he takes it very seriously.

     Gittes winks. Yelburton chuckles appreciatively, loosening 
     up a little.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               You don't happen to know where Mr. 
               Mulwray's having lunch?

                           YELBURTON
               I'm sorry, I --

                           GITTES
               Well, tell him I'll be back.

     Gittes spots a card tray on Yelburton's desk.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- Mind if I take one of your cards? 
               In case I want to get in touch with 
               you again.

                           YELBURTON
               Help yourself.

     Gittes fishes a couple off the tray, puts them in his 
     handkerchief pocket. He goes out the door, nearly running 
     into a man who is standing by the Secretary's desk - about 
     GITTES' age only a head taller and a foot wider, dressed in 
     a plain suit that fits him about as well as a brown paper 
     bag.

                           GITTES
               Mulvihlll, what are you doing here?

     OUTER OFFICE - YELBURTON, MULVIHILL AND GITTES

     MULVIHILL stares at Gittes with unblinking eyes, remains by 
     the desk.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 28
     9-16-01                                                     


                           MULVIHILL
               They shut my water off, what's it to 
               you?

                           GITTES
               How'd you find out? You don't drink 
               it, you don't take a bath in it, 
               maybe they sent you a letter. Ah, 
               but then you'd have to be able to 
               read.

     Mulvihill moves toward Gittes, shaking with fury.  Yelburton 
     steps between them.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Relax, Mulvihill, glad to see you.
                    (to Yelburton)
               Do you know Claude Mulvihill here?

                           YELBURTON
               Hope so. He's working for us.

     GITTES

     turns off onto a winding road. It goes up into the foothills.

     Gittes swerves, missing a dog stretched out lazily in the 
     road. Gittes honks and yells indignantly at the sleepy animal.

     Gittes stops on a curve. Above a steep bank and partially 
     hidden is the Mulwray home -- designed and constructed with 
     shade and curves that are dramatic. When he turns off the 
     ignition, the distant SOUND of the SURF can be HEARD.

     Gittes heads up to the entrance.

     EXT. MULWRAY HOUSE - GITTES

     rings the bell. He waits.

     powerful CHINESE BUTLER with heavy hair and a half-jacket of 
     gold on one front tooth, answers the door.

                           GITTES
               J.J. Gittes to see Mr. Mulwray.

     He hands the Chinese Butler a card from his wallet. The Butler 
     takes it and disappears, leaving Gittes standing in the 
     doorway.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 29
     9-16-01                                                     


     Gittes stands, and sweats, watching a Japanese GARDENER trim 
     a hedge. There's a SQUEAKING SOUND. Gittes moves a few feet 
     off the porch.

     POV - GARAGE

     A chauffeur is washing down a cream-colored Packard with a 
     chamois. Steam rises off the hood. The squeaking has obviously 
     come from the chamois.

     CHINESE BUTLER

     in doorway.

                           CHINESE BUTLER
               Please.

     Gittes looks behind him. The Chinese Butler is gesturing for 
     him to follow.

     76   THROUGH THE HOUSE - GITTES

     follows him, trying to check out the rooms as he goes.

     A maid is cleaning in the den. They pass through it out some 
     French doors along a trellised walkway to a large pond with 
     running water.

                           CHINESE BUTLER (CONT'D)
               You wait, please.

     Gittes is left standing by the pond. It's suddenly very quiet 
     except for the runnning water. The pond is over- flowing.  
     After a moment, the Gardener comes running back.

     He smiles at Gittes, probes into the pond.

     There's something gleaming in the bottom of it. Gittes notes 
     it. After a moment, the Gardener drops the long probe -- the 
     waters recede.

     EXT. POND - GITTES AND JAPANESE GARDENER - DAY

                           GARDENER
                    (to Gittes)
               Bad for glass.

                           GITTES
                    (not understanding)
               Yeah sure. Bad for glass.

     The Gardener nods, and is off, leaving Gittes staring at the 
     object in the bottom of the pond that is gleaming.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 30
     9-16-01                                                     


     He looks at the tool the Gardener was using, hesitates, picks 
     it up and starts to probe into the pond himself, toward the 
     gleaming object.

     He then spots Evelyn rounding a turn, coming down the 
     trellised pathway. He casually belts the probe, holds onto 
     it for poise.

     Evelyn is wearing jeans that are lathered white on the inside 
     of the thighs and laced with brown horsehair.

     She's wearing riding boots, is perspiring a little, but looks 
     younger than she did in the office.

                           EVELYN
               Yes, Mr. Gittes?

     Gittes is a little taken aback at seeing Evelyn. He is annoyed 
     as well. Nevertheless, he is elaborately polite.

                           GITTES
               Actually, I'm here to see your 
               husband, Mrs. Mulwray.

     He laughs. a little nervously. He waits for a reply.

     There is none. The Chinese Butler appears on the veranda.

                           EVELYN
               Would you like something to drink?

                           GITTES
               What are you having?

                           EVELYN
               Iced tea.

                           GITTES
               Yeah -- fine, thank you.

     Chinese Butler nods, disappears

     EXT. POND AND GARDEN - MULWRAY HOUSE - DAY

     Evelyn sits at a glass-topped table. Gittes Joins her.

                           EVELYN
               My husband's at the office.

                           GITTES
               Actually he's not. And he's moved 
               from his apartment at the El Macando.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 31
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EVELYN
                    (sharply)
               That's not his apartment.

                           GITTES
               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 your 
               husband, set me up. L.A.'s a small 
               town, people talk --

     He waits for a response. Then:

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; uneasily)
               I'm just trying to make a living, 
               and I don't want to become a local 
               joke -

                           EVELYN
               Mr. Gittes, you've talked me into 
               it. I'll drop the lawsuit.

                           GITTES
               What?

                           EVELYN
               I said I'll drop it.

     The iced tea comes on a tray which Ramon sets down between 
     them.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; pleasantly)
               -- so let's just -- drop the whole 
               thing. Sugar? Lemon --

                           GITTES
               Mrs. Mulwray?

                           EVELYN
                    (as she's mixing one 
                    of the drinks)
               -- Yes, Mr. Gittes?

                           GITTES
               I don't want to drop it.

     Evelyn looks up. Gittes smiles a little sheepishly.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 32
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               I should talk this over with your 
               husband.

                           EVELYN
                    (a little concerned)
               Why?... What on earth for?  Look, 
               Hollis seems to think you're an 
               innocent man.

                           GITTES
               Well, I've been accused of many 
               things, Mrs. Mulwray, but never that.

     Again he laughs a little nervously. Again no reaction.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               You see, somebody went to a lot of 
               trouble here, and I want to find 
               out, lawsuit or no lawsuit.  I'm not 
               the one who's supposed to be caught 
               with my pants down... so I'd like to 
               see your husband -- unless that's a 
               problem.

                           EVELYN
                    (with a slight edge)
               What do you mean?

                           GITTES
               May I speak frankly, Mrs. Mulwray?

                           EVELYN
               You may if you can, Mr. Gittes.

                           GITTES
                    (determined to be 
                    polite)
               -- Well, that little girlfriend, she 
               was attractive -- in a cheap sort of 
               way of course -- she's disappeared. 
               Maybe they disappeared together 
               somewhere.

                           EVELYN
                    (with rising anger)
               Suppose they did. How does it concern 
               you?

                           GITTES
               -- Nothing personal, Mrs. Mulwray, I 
               just --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 33
     9-16-01                                                     


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

                           GITTES
               Look at it this way -- Now this phony 
               broad, excuse the language, says 
               she's you, she's hired me.  Whoever 
               put her up to it, didn't have anything 
               against me. They were out to get 
               your husband.  Now if I see him, I 
               can help him.  Did you talk this 
               morning?

     Evelyn brushes lightly at the horsehair on her Jeans.

                           EVELYN
               -- No. I went riding rather early --

                           GITTES
               -- Looks Like you went quite a
               distance --

                           EVELYN
               No, Just riding bareback, that's 
               all. Anyway, you might try the Oak 
               Pass or Stone Canyon Reservoirs -- 
               sometimes at lunch Hollis takes walks 
               around them -- otherwise he'll be 
               home by 6:30.

                           GITTES
               I'll stop by.

                           EVELYN
               Please call first.

     Gittes nods.

     EXT. OAK PASS RESERVOIR - DAY

     Gittes drives up a winding road, following a flood channel 
     up into the parched hills.

     TWO FIRE TRUCKS

     one a rescue truck, are at the entrance to the reservoir.

     The chain link fence with its KEEP OUT sign is open and there 
     are people milling around. The reservoir is below.

     Gittes' car is stopped by a couple of UNIFORMED POLICE.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 34
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GUARD
               Sorry, this is closed to the public, 
               sir.

     Gittes hesitates only a moment, then:

                           GITTES
                    (to the Guard)
               It's all right -- Russ Yelburton, 
               Deputy Chief in the Department.

     He fishes out one of Yelburton's cards from his handkerchief 
     pocket -- hands it to the Guard.

                           GUARD
               Sorry, Mr. Yelburton. Go on down.

     Gittes drives past the Guards, through the gate, along the 
     reservoir. He spots a police car and an unmarked one as well.

     Gittes stops and gets out of the car. Several men with their 
     backs turned, one talking quietly, staring down into the 
     reservoir where other men in small skiffs are apparently 
     dredging for something.

     One of the men turns and sees Gittes. He recognizes Gittes 
     and is visibly shocked.

                           LOACH
               Gittes -- for Chrissakes --

                           GITTES
               Loach --

                           LOACH
                    (moving to Gittes, 
                    taking him by the 
                    arm)
               -- C'mon, get out of here before --

     EXT. RESERVOIR - DAY

     Loach tries to ease him down the path.

                           GITTES
               Before what? What the hell's going 
               on?

     At the sound of his raised voice, a man standing at the edge 
     of the channel, talking to two boys in swimming trunks, turns 
     around. He's a tall, sleek Mexican in his early thirties, 
     LUIS ESC0BAR.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     9-16-01                                                     


     Both Gittes and Escobar register considerable surprise at 
     seeing one another. The men around them are extremely uneasy.

     Loach is actually sweating. Finally, Escobar smiles.

                           ESCOBAR
               Hello, Jake.

                           GITTES
                    (without smiling)
               How are you, Lou?

                           ESCOBAR
               -- I have a cold I can't seem to

     shake but other than that, I'm fine.

                           GITTES
               Summer colds are the worst.

                           ESCOBAR
               Yeah, they are.

     Gittes reaches into his pocket, pulls out his cigarette case.

                           A FIREMAN
               No smoking, sir -- it's a fire

     hazard this time of year --

                           ESCOBAR
               I think we can make an exception -- 
               I'll see he's careful with the 
               matches.

                           GITTES
                    (lighting up)
               Thanks, Lou.

                           ESCOBAR
               How'd you get past the guards?

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

     Escobar nods. They walk a couple of steps -- the other police -- 
     two plainclothesmen and a uniformed officer watch them.

                           ESCOBAR
               You've done well by yourself.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 36
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               I get by.

                           ESCOBAR
               Well, sometimes it takes a while for 
               a man to find himself and I guess 
               you have.

                           LOACH
               Poking around in other people's dirty 
               linen.

                           GITTES
               Yeah. Tell me. You still throw 
               Chinamen into jail for spitting on 
               the laundry?

                           ESCOBAR
               You're behind the times, Jake -- 
               they've got steam irons now --
                    (smiles)
               And I'm out of Chinatown.

                           GITTES
               Since when?

                           ESCOBAR
               Since I made Lieutenant --

     It's apparent Gittes is impressed despite himself.

                           GITTES
               Congratulations.

                           ESCOBAR
               Uh-huh -- so what are you doing here?

                           GITTES
               Looking for someone.

                           ESCOBAR
               Who?

                           GITTES
               Hollis Mulwray. You seen him?

                           ESCOBAR
               Oh yes.

                           GITTES
               I'd like to talk to him.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 37
     9-16-01                                                     


                           ESCOBAR
               You're welcome to try. There he is.

     Escobar points down to the reservoir -- a couple of men using 
     poles with hooks are fishing about in the water.

     It can be SEEN that one of them has hooked something.

     He shouts. The other man hooks it, too. They pull, revealing 
     the soaking back of a man's coat -- they start to pull the 
     body into the skiff.

     INT. CORONER'S OFFICE - EVELYN AND ESCOBAR

     are standing over the body of Mulwray. Escobar has the sheet 
     drawn back. Evelyn nods.

     Escobar drops the sheet. Escobar and Evelyn move a few feet 
     to one side and whisper, almost as though they were trying 
     to keep the corpse from hearing them.

                           ESCOBAR
               -- It looks like he was washed the 
               entire length of the runoff channel -- 
               could he swim?

                           EVELYN
               Of course.

                           ESCOBAR
               -- Obviously the fall must have 
               knocked him out --

     Evelyn nods slightly Escobar coughs. A coroner's assistant 
     wheels the body out of the office.

                           ESCOBAR (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- This alleged affair he was having -- 
               the publicity didn't make him morose 
               or unhappy?

     OUTSIDE THE CORONER'S

     Gittes has been sitting on a wooden bench, smoking and 
     listening. At this question, he rises and looks through the 
     doorway.

     Escobar sees him, ignores him. Evelyn doesn't see him.

                           EVELYN
               ... Well, it didn't make him happy...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     9-16-01                                                     


                           ESCOBAR
               But there is no possibility he would 
               have taken his own life?

                           EVELYN
                    (sharply)
               No.

                           ESCOBAR
                    (a little uncomfortably 
                    now)
               Mrs. Mulwray, do you happen to know 
               the name of the young woman in 
               question?

     Evelyn shows a flash of annoyance.

                           EVELYN
               No.

                           ESCOBAR
               Do you know where she might be?

                           EVELYN
               Certainly not!

     Escobar and Evelyn move slowly toward the door.

                           ESCOBAR
               You and your husband never discussed 
               her?

                           EVELYN
                    (stopping, faltering)
               He... we did... he wouldn't tell me 
               her name. We quarreled over her... 
               of course -- it came as a complete 
               surprise to me --

                           ESCOBAR
               A complete surprise?

                           EVELYN
               -- Yes.

                           ESCOBAR
               But I thought you'd hired a private 
               investigator --

                           EVELYN
               A private investigator?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 39
     9-16-01                                                     


                           ESCOBAR
                    (gesturing vaguely 
                    toward the door)
               Mr. Gittes.

                           EVELYN
               Well yes --

     Evelyn looks up to see Gittes standing in the doorway only a 
     foot or two from her. She stops cold. They look at one another 
     for a long moment.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (her eyes on Gittes)
               But I... I... did that because I 
               thought it was a nasty rumor I'd put 
               an end to...

     She finishes, looks plaintively at Gittes. Escobar is right 
     at her back. Gittes says nothing.

                           ESCOBAR
               -- And when did Mr. Gittes inform 
               you that these rumors had some 
               foundation in fact?

     Evelyn looks at Escobar but doesn't know how to answer him.

                           GITTES
                    (smoothly)
               -- Just before the story broke in 
               the papers, Lou.

     Escobar nods. They begin to walk slowly, again have to move 
     out of the way as some other corpse is being wheeled out of 
     one of the Coroner cubicles.

                           ESCOBAR
               -- You wouldn't happen to know the 
               present whereabouts of the young 
               woman.

                           GITTES
               -- No.

                           ESCOBAR
               Or her name?

                           GITTES
               -- No.

     They have walked a few steps further down the hall.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 40
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EVELYN
               Will you need me for anything else, 
               Lieutenant?

                           ESCOBAR
               I don't think so, Mrs. Mulwray.

     Of course you have my deepest sympathy -- and -- if we need 
     anymore information, we'll be in touch.

                           GITTES
               I'll walk her to her car, be right 
               back.

     ESCOBAR'S POV

     Evelyn glances at Gittes. They go through a couple of outer 
     doors and pass several reporters who have been in the outer 
     hall, laughing, kidding, the tag end of lines like "only in 
     L.A." and "Southern Cafeteria."

     Gittes hurries her past the reporters who flank them, asking 
     questions. Gittes brushes them aside.

     EVELYN AND GITTES - AT HER CAR

     in a small parking lot.

     Evelyn fumbles in her bag, looking feverishly for something 
     in her purse.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Mrs. Mulwray?... Mrs. Mulwray.

                           EVELYN
                    (flushed, perspiring)
               ... Just a minute...

                           GITTES
                    (touching her gently)
               -- You left your keys in the ignition.

                           EVELYN
               Oh... thank you.

     She glances down, leans against the side of the car.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Thank you for going along with me. I 
               just didn't want to explain 
               anything... I'll send you a check.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 41
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
                    (puzzled)
               A check?

     Evelyn gets in her car.

                           EVELYN
               To make it official, I hired you.

     She drives off, leaving Gittes gaping.

     INT. CORONER'S OFFICE HALLWAY

                           GITTES
               Don't give me that, Lou. You hauled 
               me down here for a statement.

     Escobar shrugs.

                           ESCOBAR
               I don't want it anymore.

                           GITTES
               No?

                           ESCOBAR
               No -- it was an accident.

                           GITTES
               You mean that's what you're going to 
               call it.

     Escobar looks up.

                           ESCOBAR
               That's right.
                    (contemptuously)
               Out of respect for his civic position.

     Resume walking.

     Gittes laughs.

                           GITTES
               What'd he do, Lou, make a pass at 
               your sister?

     Escobar stops.

                           ESCOBAR
               No -- he drowned a cousin of mine 
               with about five hundred other people.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 42
     9-16-01                                                     


                           ESCOBAR (CONT'D)
               But -- they weren't very important, 
               Just a bunch of dumb Mexicans living 
               by a dam.  Now beat it, Gittes, you 
               don't come out of this smelling like 
               a rose, you know.

                           GITTES
               Oh yeah? Can you think of something 
               to charge me with?

                           ESCOBAR
               When I do, you'll hear about it.

     Gittes nods, turns, and walks down the hall.

     OUTSIDE MORGUE

     Gittes stops by a body on the table, the toe tagged with 
     Mulwray's name. MORTY is standing near it in a doorway to an 
     adjoining room. A RADIO is on, and with it the announcement 
     that they're about to hear another chapter in the life of 
     Lorenzo Jones and his devoted wife, Belle.

     Another Coroner's assistant sits at the table, listening to 
     the radio and eating a sandwich.

     Gittes ambles into the room.

                           MORTY
                    (a cigarette dangling 
                    out of his mouth)
               Jake, what're you doin' here?

                           GITTES
               Nothin', Morty, it's my lunch hour, 
               I thought I'd drop by and see who 
               died lately.

     Gittes picks up the sheet and pulls it back. CAMERA GETS ITS 
     FIRST GLIMPSE of Mulwray's body -- eyes open, the face badly 
     cut and bruised.

                           MORTY
               Yeah? Ain't that something?  Middle 
               of a drought, the water commissioner 
               drowns -- only in L.A.

                           GITTES
                    (looking at. Mulwray)
               -- Yeah -- banged up pretty bad --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 43
     9-16-01                                                     


                           MORTY
               -- That's a long fall.

                           GITTES
               -- So how are you, Morty?

     Morty is wheeling in another body with the help of an 
     assistant.

                           MORTY
               -- Never better. You know me, Jake.

     As he begins to move the body into the refrigerator, he breaks 
     into a wrenching spasm of coughing. Gittes spots the other 
     body, lowers the. sheet on Mulwray.

                           GITTES
                    (picking up on cough)
               -- Yeah -- so who you got there?

     Morty pulls back the sheet.

                           MORTY
               Leroy Shuhardt, local drunk -- used 
               to hang around Ferguson's Alley --

     Morty brushes some sand from the man's face, laughs.

                           MORTY (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- Quite a character. Lately he'd 
               been living in one of the downtown 
               storm drains -- had a bureau dresser 
               down there and everything.

     Gittes has already lost interest. He starts away.

                           GITTES
               -- Yeah.

                           MORTY
               Drowned, too.

     This stops Gittes.

                           GITTES
               Come again?

                           MORTY
               Yeah, got dead drunk, passed out in 
               the bottom of the riverbed.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 44
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               The L.A. River?

                           MORTY
                    (a little puzzled)
               Yeah, under Hollenbeck Bridge, what's 
               wrong with that?

     Gittes has moved back to the body, looks at it more closely.

                           GITTES
               It's bone dry, Morty.

                           MORTY
               It's not completely dry.

                           GITTES
               Yeah, well he ain't gonna drown in a 
               damp riverbed either, I don't care 
               how soused he was. That's like 
               drowning in a teaspoon.

     Morty shrugs.

                           MORTY
               We got water out of him, Jake.

     He drowned.

     Gittes walks away mumbling.

                           GITTES
               Jesus, this town...

     EXT. SUNSET BOULEVARD - GITTES - DAY

     He's parked on an overpass -- the sign HOLLENBECK BRIDGE on 
     one of its concrete columns. Gittes looks down into the 
     riverbed below.

     FROM THE BRIDGE

     Gittes can see the muddy remains of a collapsed shack, its 
     contents strewn down river from the bridge. Below him, lying 
     half over the storm drain and one wall that was on the bank 
     of the river is a sign that proclaims OWN YOUR OWN OFFICE IN 
     THIS BUILDING $5000 to $6000 which was used as a roof of 
     sorts. Downstream, there's the dresser, an oil drum, a Ford 
     seat cushion, an Armour lard can, etc. -- the trashy remains 
     of Shuhardt's home.

     Gittes scrambles down the embankment and as he lands near 
     the storm drain one shoe sinks, ankle deep into mud.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 45
     9-16-01                                                     


     Gittes pulls it out, swearing.

     He begins to walk a little further downstream when he hears 
     the vaguely familiar SQUISHY CLOP of something.

     Clearing the bridge. on the opposite side is the little 
     Mexican Boy, again on his swayback horse, riding along the 
     muddy bank.

     They look at one another a moment.

                           GITTES
                    (calling out to him)
               You were riding here the other day, 
               weren't you...?

     The Boy doesn't answer.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Speak English?... Habla Ingles?

                           THE BOY
                    (finally)
               Si.

                           GITTES
               Didn't you talk to a man here -- few 
               days ago... wore glasses... he...

     The Boy nods.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               What did you talk about, mind my 
               asking?

     The shadows of the two are very long now.

                           THE BOY
                    (finally)
               The water.

                           GITTES
               What about the water?

                           THE BOY
               -- when it comes.

                           GITTES
               -- When it comes? What'd you tell 
               him?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 46
     9-16-01                                                     


                           THE BOY
               Comes in different parts of the river -- 
               every night a different part.

     Gittes nods. The horse snorts. The Boy rides slowly on.

     EXT. RIVERBED - DUSK

     Gittes scrambles up the embankment to note the direction the 
     storm drain by Hollenbeck Bridge takes. It is headed above 
     toward the Hollywood Hills, where the sun is setting.

     EXT. GITTES IN CAR - NIGHTFALL

     winding his way up a section of the Hollywood Hills. He picks 
     up on an open flood channel with the spotlight by the driver's 
     windwing.

     GITTES IN CAR- MOVING

     along the flood channel. It is dark now and Gittes follows 
     the channel with the car spotlight. He turns at a fork in 
     the road which allows him to continue following the flood 
     channel.

     FURTHER UP - MOVING

     The road is narrower. Gittes drives more slowly. Foliage is 
     overgrown in the channel so its bottom cannot be glimpsed.

     STILL FURTHER - NIGHT

     The road is dirt. Heavy clusters of oak trees and eucalyptus 
     are everywhere. It is very still. Another turn and a pie-
     shaped view of a lake of lights in the city below can be 
     GLIMPSED.

     POV - CHAIN-LINK FENCE

     over the road, bolted. It says OAK PASS RESERVOIR.  KEEP 
     OUT. NO TRESPASSING.

     The chain-link itself actually extends over the flood channel 
     and down into it, making access along the channel itself 
     impossible.

     Gittes backs up, turns off the motor, the car lights, the 
     spotlight. A lone light overhead on tension wires is the 
     sole illumination. There is only the eerie SOUND of the 
     tension WIRES HUMMING.

     Gittes gets out of the car, clubs the fence near the Flood 
     channel itself.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 47
     9-16-01                                                     


     ON THE OTHER SIDE

     Gittes carefully works his way up through the thick Foliage 
     toward a second and large chain-link fence.

     Lights from the reservoir still higher above can be SEEN.

     Suddenly there is a GUNSHOT. Then ANOTHER. Gittes dives into 
     the flood control channel, which is at this point about four 
     feet deep and six feet wide. There is the SOUND of men 
     scurrying through the brush, coming near him, then retreating. 
     Gittes loses himself among the ivy in the channel.

     He waits. The men seem to have passed him by. But there is 
     another SOUND now -- an echoing growing sound. It puzzles 
     Gittes. He starts to lift his head to catch the direction.

     GITTES IN FLOOD CONTROL CHANNEL - NIGHT

     Then he's inundated with a rush of water which pours over 
     him, knocks off his hat, carries him down the channel, banging 
     into its banks, as he desperately tries to grab some of the 
     overgrowth to hang on and pull himself out.

     But the force of the stream batters him and carries him with 
     it until he's brought rudely to the chain-link fence. It 
     stops him cold. He's nearly strained through it.

     Swearing and choking, he pulls himself out of the rushing 
     water by means of the fence itself.

     Drenched, battered, he slowly climbs back over the fence and 
     makes his way toward his car.

     AT GITTES' CAR

     He fishes for his car keys, looks down -- one shoe is missing.

                           GITTES
                    (grumbling)
               Goddam Florsheim shoe, goddammit.

     He starts to get into his car but Mulvihill and a SMALLER 
     MAN stop him -- Mulvihill pulling his coat down and pinning 
     his arms -- holding him tightly. The smaller man thrusts a 
     switchblade knife about an inch and a half up Gittes' left 
     nostril.

                           SMALLER MAN
                    (shaking with emotion)
               Hold it there, kitty cat.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 48
     9-16-01                                                     


     CLOSE - GITTES

     frozen, the knife in his nostril, the street lamp over-head 
     gleaming on the silvery blade.

                           THE SMALLER MAN
               You are a very nosey fellow, kitty 
               cat... you know what happens to nosey 
               fellows?

     The Smaller Man actually seems to be trembling with rage 
     when he says this. Gittes doesn't move.

                           SMALLER MAN
                    (continuing)
               Wanna guess? No? Okay.  lose their 
               noses.

     With a quick flick the Smaller Man pulls back on the blade, 
     laying Gittes' left nostril open about an inch further. Gittes 
     screams. Blood gushes down onto his shirt and coat.

     Gittes bends over, instinctively trying to keep the blood 
     from getting on his clothes. Mulvihill and the Smaller Man 
     stare at him.

                           THE SMALLER MAN
                    (continuing)
               Next time you lose the whole thing, 
               kitty cat. I'll cut it off and feed 
               it to my goldfish, understand?

                           MULVIHILL
               Tell him you understand, Gittes.

     EXT. OAK PASS RESERVOIR - NIGHT

     Gittes is now groveling on his hands and knees.

                           GITTES
                    (mumbling)
               I understand...

     Gittes on the ground can see only his tormentor's two-tone 
     brown and white wing-tipped shoes -- lightly freckled with 
     his blood.

     THE SHOE

     comes up and lightly shoves Gittes into the ground.  the 
     SOUND of FOOTSTEPS RETREATING, Gittes gasping.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 49
     9-16-01                                                     


     INT. GITTES' OFFICE - GITTES

     sits behind his desk, BACK TO CAMERA, not moving. Duffy sits 
     staring at nothing, Walsh moves uneasily around the room.

     The PHONE is RINGING. Sophie BUZZES.

                           GITTES
                    (pressing down intercom)
               Yeah, Sophie.

                           SOPHIE'S VOICE
               A Miss Sessions calling.

                           GITTES
               Who?

                           SOPHIE'S VOICE
               Ida Sessions.

                           GITTES
               Don't know her -- take a number.

     NEW ANGLE - REVEALING

     a bandage spread-eagled across Gittes' nose.

                           WALSH
               So some contractor wants to build a 
               dam and he makes a few payoffs. So 
               what?

     Gittes turns slowly to Walsh. He lightly taps his nose.

                           WALSH (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Think you can nail Mulvihill?  They'll 
               claim you were trespassing.

                           GITTES
               I don't want Mulvihill.  I want the 
               big boys that are making the payoffs.

                           DUFFY
               Then what'll you do?

                           GITTES
               Sue the shit out of 'em.

                           WALSH
               Yeah?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 50
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               Yeah -- what's wrong with you guys? 
               Think ahead. We find 'em, sue 'em -- 
               we'll make a killing.
                    (a dazzling smile)
               We'll have dinner at Chasen's twice 
               a week, we'll be pissing on ice the 
               rest of our lives.

                           WALSH
               Sue people like that they're liable 
               to be having dinner with the Judge 
               who's trying the suit.

     Gittes looks irritated. The PHONE RINGS again.

                           SOPHIE'S VOICE
               Miss Ida Sessions again. She says 
               you know her.

                           GITTES
               Okay.

     Gittes picks up the phone. He winks to his boys.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Hello, Miss Sessions. I don't believe 
               we've had the pleasure.

                           IDA'S VOICE
               -- Oh yes we have... are you alone, 
               Mr. Gittes?

                           GITTES
                    (clowning a little 
                    for the boys)
               Isn't everybody? What can I do for 
               you, Miss Sessions?

     Walsh promptly starts to tell Duffy the Admiral Byrd story.

                           IDA'S VOICE
               Well, I'm a working girl, Mr. Gittes -- 
               I didn't come in to see you on my 
               own.

                           GITTES
               -- When did you come in?

                           IDA'S VOICE
               -- I was the one who pretended to be 
               Mrs. Mulwray, remember?  

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 51
     9-16-01                                                     


     Walsh has finished off the punch line and both men are 
     laughing raucously. Gittes drops the mail he's been loafing 
     through and puts his hand over the receiver.

                           GITTES
                    (to Duffy and Walsh)
               Shut the fuck up!
                    (then back to Ida)
               ... Yes I remember -- nothing, Miss 
               Sessions, just going over a detail 
               or two with my associates ... you 
               were saying?

                           IDA'S VOICE
               Well I never expected anything to 
               happen like what happened to Mr. 
               Mulwray, the point is if it ever 
               comes out I want somebody to know I 
               didn't know what would happen.

                           GITTES
               -- I understand... if you could tell 
               me who employed you, Miss Sessions -- 
               that could help us both --

                           IDA'S VOICE
               Oh no --

                           GITTES
               ... Why don't you give me your address 
               and we can talk this over?

                           IDA'S VOICE
               No, Mr. Gittes -- just look in the 
               obituary column of today's Times...

                           GITTES
               The obituary column?

                           IDA'S VOICE
               You'll find one of those people --

                           GITTES
               'Those people?' Miss Sessions --

     She hangs up. Gittes looks to his two men.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 52
     9-16-01                                                     


     OMITTED

     INT. BROWN DERBY - CLOSE ON NEWSPAPER

     Gittes is seated, flips through the paper until he finds the 
     OBITUARY COLUMN -- scans it, looks up -- abruptly tears the 
     column from the paper and puts it in his pocket.

     When he closes the paper we can SEE headlines in the left 
     hand column: WATER BOND ISSUE PASSES COUNCIL.  Ten million 
     dollar referendum to go before the public.

     Evelyn Mulwray is standing at the table as he does so.

     He rises, allows her to sit.

     CLOSE ON EVELYN

     Gittes watches her as she removes her gloves slowly...

     She's wearing dove gray gabardine -- subdued, tailored.

                           GITTES
               Thanks for coming... drink?

     The waiter's appeared. Evelyn is looking at Gittes' nose.

                           EVELYN
               Tom Collins -- with lime, not lemon, 
               please.

     Evelyn looks down and smoothes her gloves. When she looks 
     back up she stares expectantly at Gittes.

     Gittes pulls out a torn envelope. The initials ECM can be 
     SEEN in a delicate scroll on the comer of it.

                           GITTES
               I got your check in the mall.

                           EVELYN
               Yes. As I said, I was very grateful.

     Gittes' fingers the envelope.  He coughs.

                           GITTES
               Mrs. Mulwray, I'm afraid that's not 
               good enough.

                           EVELYN
                    (a little embarrassed)
               Well, how much would you like?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 53
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     CLOSE ON EVELYN

                           GITTES
               Stop it. The money's fine. It's 
               generous but you've shortchanged me 
               on the story.

                           EVELYN
                    (coolly)
               I have?

                           GITTES
               I think so. Something besides your 
               husband's death was bothering you. 
               You were upset but not that upset.

                           EVELYN
               Mr. Gittes...
                    (icily)
               Don't tell me how I feel.

     The drinks come. The waiter sets them down.

                           GITTES
               Sorry. Look, you sue me, your husband 
               dies, you drop the lawsuit like a 
               hot potato, and all of it quicker 
               than wind from a duck's ass -- excuse 
               me. Then you ask me to lie to the 
               police.

                           EVELYN
               It wasn't much of a lie.

                           GITTES
               -- If your husband was killed it 
               was.
                    (meaning check)
               -- This can look like you paid me 
               off to withhold evidence.

                           EVELYN
               But he wasn't killed.

     Gittes smiles.

                           GITTES
               I think you're hiding something, 
               Mrs. Mulwray.

     Evelyn remains unperturbed.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           EVELYN
               -- Well, I suppose I am...actually I 
               knew about the affair.

                           GITTES
               How did you find out?

                           EVELYN
               My husband.

                           GITTES
               He told you?

     Evelyn nods.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- And you weren't the slightest bit 
               upset about it?

                           EVELYN
               -- I was grateful.

     Evelyn for the first time appears a little embarrassed.

                           GITTES
               You'll have to explain that, Mrs. 
               Mulwray.

                           EVELYN
               -- Why?

                           GITTES
                    (a flash of annoyance)
               Look, I do matrimonial work, It's my 
               metiay. When a wife tells me she's 
               happy her husband is cheating on her 
               it runs contrary to my experience.

     Gittes looks significantly to Evelyn.

                           EVELYN
               Unless what?

                           GITTES
                    (looking directly at 
                    her)
               She's cheating on him.

     Evelyn doesn't reply.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- Were you?

     Evelyn is clearly angry but she is controlling it.

                           EVELYN
               I don't like the word 'cheat.'

                           GITTES
               Did you have affairs?

                           EVELYN
                    (flashing)
               Mr. Gittes --

                           GITTES
               Did he know?

                           EVELYN
                    (almost an outburst)
               Well I wouldn't run home and tell 
               him whenever I went to bed with 
               someone, if that's what you mean.

     This subdues Gittes a little. Evelyn is still a little heated.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; more 
                    calmly)
               -- Is there anything else you want 
               to know?

                           GITTES
               Where you were when your husband 
               died.

                           EVELYN
               I can't tell you.

                           GITTES
               You mean you don't know where you 
               were?

                           EVELYN
               I mean I can't tell you.

                           GITTES
               -- You were seeing someone, too.

     Evelyn looks squarely at him. She doesn't deny it.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               -- For very long?

                           EVELYN
               I don't see anyone for very long, 
               Mr. Gittes. It's difficult for me. 
               Now I think you know all you need to 
               about me. I didn't want publicity. I 
               didn't want to go into any of this, 
               then or now. Is this all?

     Gittes nods.

                           GITTES
               Oh, by the way. What's the 'C' stand 
               for?

     He's been fingering the envelope. .

                           EVELYN
                    (she stammers slightly)
               K... Cross.

                           GITTES
               That your maiden name?

                           EVELYN
               Yes... why?

                           GITTES
               No reason.

     Evelyn turns into Gittes.

                           EVELYN
               You must've had a reason to ask me 
               that.

                           GITTES
                    (shrugs)
               No. I'm just a snoop.

                           EVELYN
               You seem to have had a reason for 
               every other question.

                           GITTES
               No, not for that one.

                           EVELYN
               I don't believe you.

     Gittes suddenly turns sharply in to Evelyn.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 57
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
                    (moving in)
               Do me a favor. Sit still and act 
               like I'm charming.

     Evelyn involuntarily draws back.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               There's somebody here. Say something. 
               Anything. Something like we're being 
               intimate.

     Evelyn reluctantly allows Gittes to move closer and dangle 
     his hand in front of their faces. She stares at him.

                           EVELYN
                    (meaning his nose)
               How did it happen?

                           GITTES
                    (quietly)
               Been meaning to talk to you about 
               that.

                           EVELYN
                    (quietly)
               Maybe putting your nose in other 
               people's business?

                           GITTES
                    (quietly)
               More like other people putting their 
               business in my nose.

     Evelyn actually smiles a little.

                           WOMAN'S VOICE
               You son of a bitch.

     Gittes looks up and flashes his smile.

                           GITTES
               Mrs. Match. How're you?

     Mrs. MATCH is swaying over the table, a plump woman with a 
     glass of whiskey in one hand, a large purse in the other, 
     and a menacing look in her eye.

                           MRS. MATCH
               Don't give me that, you son of a 
               bitch.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GITTES
               Okay.

     Gittes turns back to Evelyn.

                           EVELYN
                    (softly)
               Another satisfied client?

                           GITTES
               Another satisfied client's wife.

                           MRS. MATCH
               Look at me, you son of a bitch.  
               You... you bastard. Are you happy, 
               are you happy now?

     She tries to take a swipe at Gittes with her purse.

     Gittes covers himself. Waiters rush over.

                           MRS. MATCH (CONT'D)
               -- You smug son of a bitch. My
               husband's so upset he sweats all 
               night! How do you think that makes 
               me feel?

                           GITTES
               Sweaty?

     Mrs. Match swings at Gittes again and again. She catches him 
     on the nose. It hurts. He covers it -- then swings his leg 
     out from under the table and deftly kicks her in the shin.

     Mrs. Match drops her purse and spills her drink. She grabs 
     her shin, hopping around a little. The waiters who had tried 
     to restrain her now try to keep her from falling over.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Let's get out of here before she 
               picks up her purse.

     They rise and move toward the door.

                           EVELYN
                    (quietly)
               Tough guy, huh?

     Gittes looks, sees she's kidding, and nods.

     OUTSIDE IN THE PARKING LOT - DUSK

     Gittes' car has been brought by the parking attendant.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 59
     9-16-01                                                     


     The attendant opens the passenger side for Evelyn.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
               Oh, no. I've got my own car.

     The cream-colored Packard.

                           GITTES
                    (to attendant who 
                    dutifully starts for 
                    her car)
               Wait a minute, sonny.
                    (to Evelyn)
               I think you better come with me.

                           EVELYN
               What for? There's nothing more to 
               say.
                    (to attendant)
               Get my car, please.

     The attendant starts after it again. Gittes leans on the 
     open door of his car and in to Evelyn. He talks quietly but 
     spits it out.

                           GITTES
               Okay, go home. But in case you're 
               interested your husband was murdered. 
               Somebody's dumping tons of water out 
               of the city reservoirs when we're 
               supposedly in the middle of a drought, 
               he found out, and he was killed.  
               There's a waterlogged drunk in the 
               morgue -- involuntary manslaughter 
               if anybody wants to take the trouble 
               which they don't. it looks like half 
               the city is trying to cover it all 
               up, which is fine with me. But, Mrs. 
               Mulwray --
                    (now inches from her)
               -- I goddam near lost my nose!  And 
               I like it. I like breathing through 
               it. And I still think you're hiding 
               something.

     Evelyn steadies herself on the open car door. She stares at 
     Gittes for a long moment. Then he gently tugs the car door 
     closed.

                           EVELYN
               Mr. Gittes --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 60
     9-16-01                                                     


     He drives off into the Wilshire traffic, leaving Evelyn 
     looking after him.

     INT. DWP - MULWRAY'S OFFICE DOOR

     WITH ITS LETTERING:

     HOLLIS I. MULWRAY

     CHIEF ENGINEER

     Gittes goes through the door to the Secretary. She looks up. 
     She recognizes Gittes again and is not happy to see him.

                           GITTES
               J.J. Gittes to see Mr. Yelburton.

     The Secretary immediately gets up and goes into the inner 
     office.

     Gittes turns and strolls around the office a moment --

     he sees a photographic display of THE HISTORY OF THE DWP - 
     THE EARLY YEARS, along the wall. He stops as he spots a photo 
     of the man with the cane Gittes had seen photos of earlier -- 
     He is standing high in the mountains, near a pass.  The 
     caption reads JULIAN CROSS - 1905. Cross is strikingly 
     handsome.

     Gittes immediately pulls out the envelope containing Evelyn's 
     check. He looks at the corner of it, his thumb pressing down 
     under the middle initial C, then he looks back to the photos --

     The Secretary returns.

                           SECRETARY
               Mr. Yelburton will be busy for some 
               time.

                           GITTES
               Well I'm on my lunch hour. I'll wait.

                           SECRETARY
               He's liable to be tied up 
               indefinitely.

                           GITTES
               I take a long lunch. All day 
               sometimes.

     Gittes pulls out a cigarette case, offers the Secretary one. 
     She refuses, He lights up and begins to hum 'The Way You

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 61
     9-16-01                                                     


     Look Tonight,' strolling along the wall looking at more 
     photographs.

     INT. MULWRAY'S OFFICES

     Here he spots several photos of a much younger Mulwray, along 
     with Julian Cross. One of the captions: HOLLIS MULWRAY AND 
     JULIAN CROSS AS THE AQUEDUCT CLEARS THE SANTA SUSANNAH PASS - 
     1912. Gittes, still humming, turns to the Secretary.

                           GITTES
               Julian Cross worked for the water 
               department?

                           SECRETARY
                    (looking up)
               Yes. No.

                           GITTES
                    (humming, then)
               He did or he didn't?

                           SECRETARY
               He owned it.

     Gittes is genuinely surprised. at this.

                           GITTES
               He owned the water department?

                           SECRETARY
               Yes.

                           GITTES
               He owned the entire water supply for 
               the city?

                           SECRETARY
               Yes.

                           GITTES
                    (really surprised)
               How did they get it away from him?

                           SECRETARY
                    (a sigh, then)
               Mr. Mulwray felt the public should 
               own the display -- the water. If
               you'll just read the display --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
                    (glances back, hums, 
                    then)
               Mulwray? I thought you said Cross 
               owned the department.

                           SECRETARY
               -- Along with Mr. Mulwray.

                           GITTES
               They were partners.

                           SECRETARY
                    (testily)
               Yes. Yes, they were partners.

     She gets up, annoyed, and goes into Yelburton's inner office.

     Gittes goes back to the photographs. He hears a SCRATCHING 
     SOUND, apparently coming from just outside the outer door.

     He moves quickly to it, hesitates -- swiftly opens the door. 
     workmen are behind it, scraping away Mulwray's name on the 
     outer door -- looking up at Gittes in some surprise.

     The Secretary returns, sees the workman on the floor.

                           SECRETARY (CONT'D)
                    (to Gittes)
               Mr. Yelburton will see you now.

     Gittes nods graciously, heads on into Yelburton's office.

     INT. DWP - YELBURTON & GITTES

     There is a subtle but perceptible difference in Yelburton's 
     attitude. He's now head of the department.

                           YELBURTON
               Mr. Gittes, sorry to keep you waiting -- 
               these staff meetings, they just go 
               on and on --

                           GITTES
               Yeah -- must be especially tough to 
               take over under these circumstances.

                           YELBURTON
               Oh yes. Hollis was the best department 
               head the city's ever had. My goodness, 
               what happened to your nose?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 63
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
                    (smiles)
               I cut myself shaving.

                           YELBURTON
               You ought to be more careful.  That 
               must really smart.

                           GITTES
               Only when I breathe.

                           YELBURTON
                    (laughing)
               Only when you breathe... don't tell 
               me you're still working for Mrs. 
               Mulwray?

                           GITTES
               I never was.

                           YELBURTON
                    (stops smiling)
               I don't understand.

                           GITTES
               Neither do I, actually. But you hired 
               me -- or you hired that chippie to 
               hire me.

                           YELBURTON
               Mr. Gittes, you're not making a bit 
               of sense.

                           GITTES
               Well, look at it this way, Mr. 
               Yelburton. Mulwray didn't want to 
               build a dam -- and he had a reputation 
               that was hard to get around, so. you 
               decided to ruin it.  Then he found 
               out that you were dumping water every 
               night -- then he -- was drowned.

                           YELBURTON
               Mr. Gittes! That's an outrageous 
               accusation. I don't know what you're 
               talking about.

                           GITTES
               Well, Whitey Mehrholtz over at the 
               Times will. Dumping thousands of 
               gallons of water down the toilet in 
               the middle of a drought -- that's 
               news.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Gittes heads toward the door.

                           YELBURTON
               Wait -- please sit down, Mr. Gittes.  
               We're... well, we're not anxious for 
               this to get around, but we have been 
               diverting a little water to irrigate 
               avocado and walnut groves in the 
               northwest valley. As you know, the 
               farmers there have no legal right to 
               our water, and since the drought 
               we've had to cut them off -- the 
               city comes first, naturally. But, 
               well, we've been trying to help some 
               of them out, keep them from going 
               under. Naturally when you divert 
               water -- you get a little runoff.

                           GITTES
               Yeah, a little runoff. Where are 
               those orchards?

                           YELBURTON
               I said, the northwest valley.

                           GITTES
               That's like saying they're in Arizona.

                           YELBURTON
               Mr. Gittes, my field men are out and 
               I can't give you an exact location...

     Gittes nods.

                           GITTES
               You're a married man, am I right?

                           YELBURTON
               Yes...

                           GITTES
               Hard working, have a wife and kids...

                           YELBURTON
               Yes...

                           GITTES
               I don't want to nail you -- I Just 
               want to know who put you up to it.  
               I'll give you a few days to think it 
               over --
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (hands him a card)
               -- call me. I can help. Who knows?  
               Maybe we can lay the whole thing off 
               on a few big shots -- and you can 
               stay head of the department for the 
               next twenty years.

     Gittes smiles -- leaves an unsmiling Yelburton.

     INT. GITTES OFFICE

     Gittes enters, drops his hat on Sophie's desk. Sophie tries 
     to tell him something but Gittes goes on into his office.

     EVELYN MULWRAY

     is sitting, smoking. She looks up when he enters.

                           EVELYN
               What's your usual salary?

     Gittes moves to his desk, barely breaking stride at the sight 
     of her.

                           GITTES
               Thirty-five bucks daily for me, twenty 
               for each of my operators -- plus 
               expenses, plus my fee if I show 
               results.

     He's sitting now. Evelyn is very pale now, obviously very 
     shaken.

                           EVELYN
               Whoever's behind my husband's death, 
               why have they gone to all this 
               trouble?

                           GITTES
               -- Money. How they plan to make it 
               by emptying the reservoirs -- that I 
               don't know.

                           EVELYN
               I'll pay your salary plus five 
               thousand dollars if you find out 
               what happened to Hollis and who is 
               involved.

     Gittes buzzes Sophie.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GITTES
               Sophie, draw up one of our standard 
               forms for Mrs. Mulwray.
                    (he leans back; to 
                    Evelyn)
               Tell me, did you get married before 
               or after Mulwray and your father 
               sold the water department?

     Evelyn nearly jumps at the question.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Your father is Julian Cross, isn't 
               he?

                           EVELYN
               Yes, of course -- it was quite a 
               while after. I was just out of grade 
               school when they did that.

                           GITTES
               -- so you married your father's
               business partner?

     Evelyn nods. She lights another cigarette.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; staring 
                    at her, points to 
                    the ashtray)
               You've got one going, Mrs. Mulwray.

                           EVELYN
               -- Oh.

     She quickly stubs one out.

                           GITTES
               Is there something upsetting about 
               my asking about your father?

                           EVELYN
               No!... yes, a little. You see Hollis 
               and my fa -- my father had a falling 
               out...

                           GITTES
               Over the water department -- or over 
               you?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           EVELYN
                    (quickly)
               Not over me. Why would they have a 
               falling out over me?

                           GITTES
                    (noting her nervousness)
               -- Then it was over the water 
               department.

                           EVELYN
               Not exactly. Well, I mean, yes.  Yes 
               and no. Hollis felt the public should 
               own the water but I don't think -- 
               my father felt that way.  Actually, 
               it was over the Van der Lip. The dam 
               that broke.

                           GITTES
               -- Oh, yeah?

                           EVELYN
               Yes. He never forgave him for it.

                           GITTES
               Never forgave him for what?

                           EVELYN
               For talking him into building it, he 
               never forgave my father... They 
               haven't spoken to this day.

                           GITTES
                    (starts a little)
               You sure about that?

                           EVELYN
               Of course I'm sure.

                           GITTES
               What about you -- do you and your 
               father get along?

     Sophie comes in with the form, cutting off Evelyn's reply. 
     Gittes places two copies on a coffee table in front of Evelyn.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Sign here... The other copy's for 
               you.

     She signs it. When she looks back up, Gittes is staring 
     intently at her.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 68
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                           EVELYN
               What are you thinking?

                           GITTES
                    (picking up one of 
                    copies, folding it, 
                    putting it in his 
                    pocket)
               Before this -- I turned on the faucet, 
               it came out hot and cold, I didn't 
               think there was a thing to it.

     INT. SEAPLANE

     The engines make the small cabin vibrate. Gittes threads his 
     way down the tiny aisle of the eight passenger cabin, which 
     is full of middle-aged men in old clothes and their fishing 
     gear. Gittes is poked by a pole -- has to move along.

     One of the old men says something to him.

                           GITTES
                    (above the engines)
               What?

                           OLD MAN
               You'll have to sit with the pilot.

     Gittes moves forward into the cockpit, the PILOT looks up -- 
     nods for Gittes to sit down, first moving a half-eaten cheese 
     sandwich out of Gittes' seat.

     EXT. HARBOR- SEAPLANE

     taxiing down the ramp into the sea. In a moment, it kicks up 
     a spray of foam and takes off.

     INT. COCKPIT

     The island gradually looming larger before the Pilot and 
     Gittes.

     The Pilot glances over at Gittes -- who, as usual, is 
     impeccably dressed -- a contrast to the others on the plane.

                           PILOT
                    (above the engines)
               Well, you're not going fishing.

     Gittes shakes his head.

                           GITTES
               Not exactly.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           PILOT
                    (winks)
               But that's what you told your Wife ---

     The Pilot laughs raucously. Gittes laughs politely.

                           PILOT (CONT'D)
               -- lots of fellas do. Tell the little 
               woman they're going on a fishing 
               trip, then shack up with some little 
               twist on the island ... she pretty?

                           GITTES
                    (abruptly)
               I'm going to see a man called Julian 
               Cross -- ever heard of him?

                           PILOT
               Is the Pope Catholic? Who are you, 
               mister?... I ask because he doesn't 
               see a whole lot of people.

                           GITTES
               I'm working for his daughter.

                           PILOT
                    (surprised)
               That right?... She used to be some 
               looker.

                           GITTES
               She ain't exactly long in the tooth 
               now.

                           PILOT
               She must be about thirty-three, thirty-
               four.

                           GITTES
               You must be thinking of a different
               daughter --

                           PILOT
               No, he's only got one, I remember 
               her age, I read it in the newspapers 
               when she ran away.

                           GITTES
               She ran away?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           PILOT
               Oh yeah, it was a big thing at the 
               time -- Julian Cross' daughter.  God 
               almighty. She was a wild little thing.

     He gives a sidelong glance to Gittes, a little concerned 
     he's said too much.

                           PILOT (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Course, she settled down nicely.

                           GITTES
                    (smiling a little)
               Well, you never know, do you?

                           PILOT
                    (loosening up)
               That's for sure.

                           GITTES
               Why'd she run away?

                           PILOT
               Oh, you know -- she was sixteen or 
               seventeen.

                           GITTES
                    (nudging him)
               We missed the best of it, didn't we, 
               pal?

     Both men laugh a little lewdly.

                           PILOT
               She ran off to Mexico -- rumor was 
               she was knocked up and didn't even 
               know who the father was -- went there 
               to get rid of it.

                           GITTES
               You don't say?

                           PILOT
               Cross was looking for her all over 
               the country -- offered rewards, 
               everything. Felt real sorry for him, 
               with all his money.

     ALBACORE CLUB - DAY

     A pleasant but unobtrusive clapboard blue and white building 
     on the bay overlooking the harbor. The sea-plane lands. A

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 71
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     motor launch with a burgee of a fish flying from it turns 
     and heads in the direction of the plane.

     EXT. WINDING ROAD - RANCHO DEL CRUCE

     Gittes, driven in a station wagon, passes under the sign 
     with a cross painted below the name.

     The ranch itself is only partially in a valley on the island -- 
     as the wagon continues one can SEE that it is actually a 
     miniature California, encompassing desert, mountains and 
     canyon that tumble down palisades to the windward side of 
     the sea.

     The wagon comes to a halt where a group of hands are clustered 
     around a corral. The circle of men drift apart, leaving JULIAN 
     CROSS standing, using a cane for support, reedy but handsome 
     in a rough linen shirt and jeans. When he talks his strong 
     face is lively, in repose it looks ravaged.

     EXT. BRIDLE PATH - GITTES & CROSS

     walking toward the main house -- a classic Monterey. A horse 
     led on a halter by another ranch hand slows down and defecates 
     in the center of the path they are taking.

     Gittes doesn't notice.

                           CROSS
               Horseshit.

     Gittes pauses, not certain he has heard correctly.

                           GITTES
               Sir?

                           CROSS
               I said horseshit.
                    (pointing)
               Horseshit.

                           GITTES
               Yes, sir, that's what it looks like -- 
               I'll give you that.

     Cross pauses when they reach the dung pile. He removes his 
     hat and waves it, inhales deeply.

                           CROSS
               Love the smell of it. A lot of people 
               do but of course they won't admit 
               it. Look at the shape.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 72
     9-16-01                                                     


     Gittes glances down out of politeness.

                           CROSS (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; smiling, 
                    almost enthusiastic)
               Always the same.

     Cross walks on. Gittes follows.

                           GITTES
                    (not one to let it go)
               Always?

                           CROSS
               What? Oh, damn near -- yes.  Unless 
               the animal's sick or something.
                    (stops and glances.  
                    back)
               And the steam rising off it like 
               that in the morning -- that's life, 
               Mr. Gittes. Life.

     They move on.

                           CROSS (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Perhaps this preoccupation with 
               horseshit may seem a little perverse, 
               but I ask you to remember this -- 
               one way or another, it's what I've 
               dealt in all my life. Let's have 
               breakfast.

     EXT. COURTYARD VERANDA - GITTES & CROSS AT BREAKFAST

     Below them is a corral where hands take Arabians, one by 
     one, and work them out, letting them run and literally kick 
     up their heels. Cross' attention is diverted by the animals 
     from time to time. An impeccable Mexican butler serves them 
     their main course, broiled fish.

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

                           GITTES
                    (dubious)
               Thanks.

                           CROSS
               -- If you were a bank president that 
               would be one thing -- but in your
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 73
     9-16-01                                                     


                           CROSS (CONT'D)
               business it's admirable.  And it's 
               good advertising.

                           GITTES
               It doesn't hurt.

                           CROSS
               It's why you attract a client like 
               my daughter.

                           GITTES
               Probably.

                           CROSS
               But I'm surprised you're still working 
               for her -- unless she's suddenly 
               come up with another husband.

                           GITTES
               No -- she happens to think the last 
               one was murdered.

     Cross is visibly surprised.

                           CROSS
               How did she get that idea?

                           GITTES
               I think I gave it to her.

     Cross nods.

                           CROSS
               Uh-huh -- oh I hope you don't mind. 
               I believe they should be served with 
               the head.

     Gittes glances down at the fish whose isinglass eye is glazed 
     over with the heat of cooking.

                           GITTES
               -- Fine, as long as you don't serve 
               chicken that way.

                           CROSS
                    (laughs)
               Tell me -- what do the police say?

                           GITTES
               They're calling it an accident.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 74
     9-16-01                                                     


                           CROSS
               Who's the investigating officer?

                           GITTES
               Lou Escobar -- he's a Lieutenant.

                           CROSS
               Do you know him?

                           GITTES
               Oh yes.

                           CROSS
               Where from?

                           GITTES
               -- We worked Chinatown together,

                           CROSS
               Would you call him a capable man?

                           GITTES
               Very.

                           CROSS
               Honest?

                           GITTES
               -- Far as it goes -- of course he 
               has to swim in the same water we all 
               do.

                           CROSS
               Of course -- but you've got no reason 
               to think he's bungled the case?

                           GITTES
               None.

                           CROSS
               That's too bad.

                           GITTES
               Too bad?

                           CROSS
               It disturbs me, Mr. Gittes. It makes 
               me think you're taking my daughter 
               for a ride -- financially speaking, 
               of course. How much are you charging 
               her?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 75
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
                    (carefully)
               My usual fee -- plus a bonus if I 
               come up with any results.

                           CROSS
               Are you sleeping with her? Come, 
               come, Mr. Gittes -- you don't have 
               to think about that to remember, do 
               you?

     Gittes laughs.

                           GITTES
               If you want an answer to that question 
               I can always put one of my men on 
               the job. Good afternoon, Mr. Cross.

                           CROSS
               Mr. Gittes! You're dealing with a 
               disturbed woman who's lost her 
               husband. I don't want her taken 
               advantage of. Sit down.

                           GITTES
               What for?

                           CROSS
               -- You may think you know what you're 
               dealing with -- but believe me, you 
               don't.

     This stops Gittes. He seems faintly mused by it.

                           CROSS (CONT'D)
               Why is that funny?

                           GITTES
               It's what the D.A. used to tell me 
               about Chinatown.

                           CROSS
               Was he right?

     Gittes shrugs.

                           CROSS (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               ... Exactly what do you know about 
               me, Mr. Gittes?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 76
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               Mainly that you're rich and too 
               respectable to want your name in the 
               papers.

                           CROSS
                    (grunts, then)
               'Course I'm respectable. I'm old. 
               Politicians, ugly buildings and whores 
               all get respectable if they last 
               long enough. I'll double whatever 
               your fees are -- and I'll pay you 
               ten thousand dollars if you can find 
               Hollis' girlfriend.

                           GITTES
               His girlfriend?

                           CROSS
               Yes, his girlfriend.

                           GITTES
               You mean the little chippie he was 
               with at the El Macando?

                           CROSS
               Yes. She's disappeared, hasn't she?

                           GITTES
               -- Yeah.

                           CROSS
               Doesn't that strike you as odd?

                           GITTES
               No. She's probably scared to death.

                           CROSS
               Wouldn't it be useful to talk to 
               her?

                           GITTES
               Maybe.

                           CROSS
               If Mulwray was murdered, she was 
               probably one of the last people to 
               see him.

                           GITTES
               You didn't see Mulwray much, did 
               you?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 77
     9-16-01                                                     


                           CROSS
               -- No --

                           GITTES
               -- When was the last time?

     Cross starts to reply, then there's the SOUND of a MARIACHI 
     BAND and some men in formation clear a bluff about a hundred 
     yards off. They are dressed like Spanish dons on horseback. 
     For the most part they are fat in the saddle and pass along 
     in disordered review to the music.

                           CROSS
               Sheriff's gold posse... bunch of 
               damn fools who pay $5,000 apiece to 
               the sheriff's re-election. I let 'em 
               practice up out here.

                           GITTES
               -- Yeah. Do you remember the last 
               time you talked to Mulwray?

     Cross shakes his head.

                           CROSS
               -- At my age, you tend to lose 
               track...

                           GITTES
               Well, It was about five days ago.You 
               were outside the Pig 'n Whistle and 
               you had one hell of an argument.

     Cross looks to Gittes in some real surprise.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               I've got the photographs in my office -- 
               if they'll help you remember. What 
               was the argument about?

                           CROSS
                    (a long pause, then:)
               My daughter.

                           GITTES
               What about her?

                           CROSS
               -- Just find the girl, Mr. Gittes I 
               think she is frightened and I happen 
               to know Hollis was fond of her. I'd 
               like to help her if I can.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 78
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               I didn't realize you and Hollis were 
               so fond of each other.

     Cross looks hatefully at Gittes.

                           CROSS
               Hollis Mulwray made this city -- and 
               he made me a fortune... We were a 
               lot closer than Evelyn realized.

                           GITTES
               -- If you want to hire me, I still 
               have to know what you and Mulwray 
               were arguing about.

                           CROSS
                    (painfully)
               Well... she's an extremely jealous 
               person. I didn't want her to find 
               out about the girl.

                           GITTES
               How did you find out?

                           CROSS
               I've still got a few teeth in my 
               head, Mr. Gittes -- and a few friends 
               in town.

                           GITTES
               Okay -- my secretary'll send you a 
               letter of agreement. Tell me -- are 
               you worried about that girl, or what 
               Evelyn might do to her?

                           CROSS
               Just find the girl.

                           GITTES
               -- I'll look into it -- as soon as I 
               check out some avocado groves.

                           CROSS
               Avocado groves?

                           GITTES
               We'll be in touch, Mr. Cross.

     INT. HALL OF RECORDS - DAY

     Dark and quiet except for the whirring of fans. Gittes 
     approaches one of the CLERKS at a desk.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 79
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               I'm a little lost -- where can I 
               find the plat books for the northwest 
               valley?

     The Clerk's droopy eyes widen a little.

                           CLERK
               Part of it's in Ventura County.  We 
               don't have Ventura County in our 
               Hall of Records.

     Which is a snotty remark. Gittes smiles.

                           GITTES
               I'll settle for L.A. County.

                           CLERK
                    (regards him, then)
               Row twenty-three, section C.

     The Clerk turns away abruptly. Gittes regards his back a 
     moment, then goes to the stacks.

     THROUGH THE STACKS

     Gittes sees the Clerk turn to another, say something.

     The second clerk gets on the phone. Gittes watches a moment, 
     then swiftly turns his attention to the stacks.

     He hauls down the northwest valley volume, opens it.

     It's huge and there's a lot to go through.

     The print itself makes him squint.

     INSERT PAGE

     showing TRACT, LOT, PARCEL, even a METES AND BOUNDS 
     designation where the description of the land parcel is long 
     and hopelessly involved -- e.g. '6000 paces to Rio Seco, 
     thence 7000 paces to Loma Linda, etc.'  These Descriptions 
     are old and faded -- in the owners' column, however -- there 
     are numerous freshly-typed names - pasted over the prior 
     owners.

     GITTES

     Hauls the huge volume back to the Clerk's desk.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 80
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
                    (to Clerk)
               Say... uh... sonny.

     The Clerk turns sharply around.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               How come all these new names are 
               pasted into the plat book?

                           CLERK
               Land sales out of escrow are always 
               recorded within the week.

     Gittes looks a little surprised.

                           GITTES
               Then these are all new owners?

                           CLERK
               -- That's right.

                           GITTES
                    (astonished)
               -- But that means that most of the 
               valley's been sold in the last few 
               months.

                           CLERK
               If that's what it says.

                           GITTES
               Can I check one of these volumes 
               out?

                           CLERK
                    (quietly snotty)
               Sir, this is not a lending library, 
               it's the Hall of Records.

                           GITTES
               Well, then -- how about a ruler?

                           CLERK
               A ruler?

                           GITTES
               The print's pretty fine. I forgot my 
               glasses. I'd like to be able to read 
               across.

     The exasperated Clerk reaches around -- rummages -- slaps a 
     ruler on the desk.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 81
     9-16-01                                                     


     Gittes goes back to the stacks with the ruler. He opens the 
     book, places the ruler not horizontally but vertically.

     INSERT PLAT BOOK NORTHWEST VALLEY

     Beside the OWNER column he places the ruler, looks toward 
     the clerks -- then swiftly rips down the page, tearing out a 
     strip about two inches wide -- containing the owner's name 
     and property description.

     As he tears, he either sniffles or coughs -- to cover the 
     SOUND of the PAPER being ripped.

     EXT. ROAD - GITTES DRIVING - DAY

     amidst a hall of shimmering dust and heat, parched and drying 
     groves, narrower roads.

     He passes a ramshackle home, next to a rotting orchard.

     There is a "SOLD" sign on the collapsing barn. Gittes stops -- 
     checks it against the names he had taken from the Hall of 
     Records.

     156  OLD STUCCO BUILDINGS FURTHER ON.

     and a few withered pepper trees. Gittes has paused at this 
     dried-up intersection. There is a "SOLD" sign on a drug store. 
     Gittes looks O.S.

     Coming INTO VIEW above the arid fields is a spiraling cloud 
     of purple smoke. Gittes heads in that direction.

     Gittes parks at the edge of the field. About twenty yards 
     away is a man mounted on a strange machine, holding a lid 
     off it -- billowing lavender clouds are belching forth.

     Several CHILDREN are watching the man at work.

                           GITTES
                    (to one of the Children)
               Say, pal, what's he doing?

                           CHILD
               Making some rain.

     Gittes nods, walks over to the man who is elaborately busying 
     himself with the intricacies of his machine.

     He's aware of Gittes watching him.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 82
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               Well, you're just the man I'm looking 
               for.

     The Rainmaker now glances down at Gittes, who as usual is 
     immaculately dressed.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Some associates and I are thinking 
               of buying property out here -- of 
               course, we're worried about the 
               rainfall.

     The Rainmaker steps down.

                           RAINMAKER
               No problem with me on the job.

                           GITTES
               -- Yeah.
                    (glancing around at 
                    the desolate, dry 
                    field)
               Do you have any references?

     RAINMAKER & GITTES

                           RAINMAKER
               City of La Habra Heights -- filled 
               an 800,000 gallon reservoir with 
               sixteen inches of rain in two days.

                           GITTES
                    (nods)
               That's swell. But how about here?
                    (pulling out names 
                    from his pocket)
               Ever worked for Robert Knox, Emma 
               Dill, Clarence Speer, Marian Parsons, 
               or Jasper Lamar Crabb?

                           RAINMAKER
               Never heard of 'em... new owners?

                           GITTES
               -- Yeah.

                           RAINMAKER
                    (climbing back .up)
               Lot of turnover these days.  Better 
               tell them to get in touch with me if 
               they want to hang onto their land.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 83
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               -- Yeah, I'll do that.

     GITTES DRIVING

     is now covered with a film of dust:

     He reaches a fork in the dirt road. There are a couple of 
     mailboxes.

     Gittes takes this fork and begins a slow ascent.

     As he does, the tops of a line of bright green trees can be 
     SEEN, coming more and more INTO VIEW, row upon row of avocado 
     and walnut groves, their foliage heavy.

     The few structures in the distance are white-washed, and 
     well kept, right down to the white-washed stones that mark 
     the pathway to the home. Towering above it all is a huge 
     wooden water tank.

     Gittes drives through a gate that has "NO TRESPASSING" and 
     "KEEP OUT -- PRIVATE PROPERTY" signs neatly printed on it.

     He drives down the road into the grove.

     GITTES

     pulls to a halt in the road flanking the orchard lanes.

     He puts the car in neutral, stares at the trees. By contrast 
     with what he has seen -- they are lush and beautiful, their 
     heavy branches barely swaying in a light breeze, Then a 
     SHOTGUN BLAST abruptly strips bare the branches.  of the 
     tree he'd been staring at.

     EXT. AVOCADO GROVES - DAY

     Gittes is shocked. He looks behind him. Riding on horseback 
     down the field in the direction he had just driven is a Red-
     Faced Man in overalls. His hat blows off his head. He does 
     not, however, lose the shotgun he has just used. Gittes' 
     lane of retreat is denied him. He guns the car, and takes 
     off down one of the orchard lanes.

     MOVING WITH GITTES

     The dirt lane is rough. As Gittes nears the end of it, a 
     Younger Man on a mule blocks the exit.

     Gittes veers a sharp left, knocking a branch off one of the 
     trees, heading down one of the cross-lanes. Here he's pursued 
     by a scraggly dog that nips at the tires.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 84
     9-16-01                                                     


     Gittes yells at it.

     ANGLE ON GROVE

     Two farmers on foot, one using a crutch, run down the lanes 
     toward a dust trail rising above the trees -- they've spotted 
     it -- clearly it's from Gittes' car.

     This hide-and-seek chase between one man on horseback, one 
     on a mule and a couple on foot continues up and down and 
     across the orchard lanes -- until Gittes' front tire and 
     radiator are ruptured by another

     SHOTGUN BLAST.

     Gittes' car veers off, scattering a stray gaggle of geese -- 
     and smacks into an avocado tree, shaking loose a barrage of 
     the heavy fruit onto Gittes and the car.

     Gittes immediately tries to get out through the branches 
     over the back of his car, but he's pulled off it by one of 
     the younger farmers -- a huge brute who he begins to tussle 
     with -- the Crippled Farmer begins to bang Gittes on the 
     back with his crutch. The two of them manage to pound Gittes 
     to the ground within moments, where the Crippled Farmer 
     continues to whack away at Gittes with the crutch.

     The older Red Faced Farmer with the shotgun and the Man on a 
     mule ride up.

                           RED FACED FARMER
               All right, quit it! Quit now!  Search 
               the man, see if he's armed.

     Gittes is hefted half off the ground and the two younger 
     Farmers spin him around, going through his clothes.

     Gittes is badly banged up and half out on his feet.

     They toss his wallet, his silver cigarette case, etc.  on 
     the ground.

                           RED FACED FARMER (CONT'D)
               I said see if he's armed, not empty 
               his pockets.

                           BIG FARMER
               -- He ain't armed.

     Gittes leans against the back of his car, breathing heavily.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 85
     9-16-01                                                     


                           RED FACED FARMER
               All right, mister -- who you with -- 
               water department or the real estate 
               office --

     Gittes' back is to the Red Faced Farmer. He has trouble 
     catching his breath. The Crippled Farmer pokes him rudely in 
     the back with his crutch. Gittes turns sharply.

                           GITTES
                    (to Crippled Farmer)
               Get away from me!

                           CRIPPLED FARMER
               Answer him!

                           GITTES
               Touch me with that thing again and 
               you'll need a pair of them.

                           BIG FARMER
                    (shoving Gittes)
               Whyn't you pick on somebody your own 
               size?

                           RED FACED FARMER
               I said cut that out! Give him a chance 
               to say something.

     Gittes looks up at the Red Faced Farmer.

                           GITTES
                    (reaching down for 
                    his wallet)
               Name's Gittes -- I'm a private 
               investigator and I'm not with either 
               one.

                           RED FACED FARMER
               Then what are you doing out here?

                           GITTES
               -- Client hired me to see... whether 
               or not the water department's been 
               irrigating your land.

                           RED FACED FARMER
               Irrigating my land?
                    (exploding)
               The water department's been sending 
               you people to blow up my water tanks!
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 86
     9-16-01                                                     


                           RED FACED FARMER (CONT'D)
               They threw poison down three of my 
               wells! I call that a funny way to 
               irrigate -- who'd hire you for a 
               thing like that?

     Gittes reaches into his pocket -- the paper's on the ground. 
     He picks it up.

                           GITTES
               Mrs. Evelyn Mulwray --

                           BIG FARMER
               Mulwray? That's the son of a bitch 
               who's done it to us.

                           GITTES
               Mulwray's dead -- you don't know 
               what you're talking about, you dumb 
               Oakie --

     The Big Farmer takes a swing at Gittes. Gittes kicks him 
     squarely in the nuts, knees him in the jaw after he's doubled 
     up, and hits him solidly. The Crippled Farmer takes careful 
     aim and brings his crutch down on the back of Gittes' head.  
     Gittes is knocked to the ground and lies still beside the 
     Big Farmer who is writhing in agony in the dirt.

                           RED FACED FARMER
               Well -- that's that.

     BLACK SCREEN

     There's a PURLING SOUND, which soon becomes defined into the 
     SOUND OF VOICES talking quietly -- about whether to move or 
     not to move, doctors, etc.

     CLOSE - EVELYN MULWRAY

     is staring down at Gittes who's lying in the screened-in 
     porch of the farmers. His wife, the Red Faced Farmer, and 
     the Big Farmer are there, along with the dog.

     The Red Faced Farmer's wife has set tea out. The farmers -- 
     all of them -- now seem awkward and a little embarrassed.

     FRONT PORCH - RED FACE FARMER'S HOUSE -

     REACTION - GITTES - DUSK

     He focuses on Evelyn who sits right next to him. He's got 
     dried blood down the side of his face from his nose, a huge

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 87
     9-16-01                                                     


     mouse on his cheek, and his clothes are torn in a couple of 
     spots.

                           GITTES
                    (to Evelyn)
               What's going on?

                           DUBOIS
                    (quietly, almost as 
                    if he were in a 
                    hospital)
               -- You didn't look too good, so we 
               thought we better call your employer.

     Gittes nods. He checks his watch. He looks out -- It's almost 
     evening. Gittes says nothing. The wife of the Red Faced Farmer 
     (DUBOIS) looks reproachfully at Dubois.

     Gittes feels the back of his head, It obviously hurts him.

     EXT. DUBOIS FARMHOUSE - EVENING

     Evelyn and Gittes go out to her car, the cream colored 
     Packard. Dubois accompanies them -- along with the Big Farmer 
     who is carrying a crate of something. Gittes has cleaned 
     himself up a little.

                           DUBOIS
               -- Look here, if it's all the same 
               with you, we'll get your car patched 
               up --If you'll tell me what your 
               trousers run you, I'll make good on 
               them, Mr. Gittes.

                           GITTES
               It's okay, Mr. Dubois.

                           DUBOIS,
                    (to Evelyn)
               -- It's just that they're after 
               everybody out here, tearing up our 
               irrigation ditches -- trying to make 
               our land worthless so they can pick 
               it up for twenty-five dollars an 
               acre --

     Gittes nods.

                           DUBOIS
                    (continuing)
               Anyway -- Earl here is sorry, too.  
               He wants to give you something to 
               take back with you.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 88
     9-16-01                                                     


     Gittes looks. Earl has the huge crate he's holding brimfull 
     of avocados.

                           GITTES
               Thanks, Earl.

     INT. CAR - EVELYN & GITTES - DUSK

     Evelyn driving.

                           GITTES
               Thanks for coming...

     Gittes pulls out cigarette case, takes one -- offers one to 
     Evelyn who refuses.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               -- That dam is a con job.

                           EVELYN
               What dam?

                           GITTES
               The one your husband opposed -- 
               they're conning L.A. into building 
               it, only the water won't go to L.A. -- 
               it'll go here.

                           EVELYN
               The Valley?

                           GITTES
               Everything you can see, everything 
               around us -- I was at the Hall of 
               Records today --
                    (whips out papers, 
                    turns on the car 
                    light)
               -- That bother you?

                           EVELYN
               No.

                           GITTES
                    (looking over papers)
               In the last three months, Robert 
               Knox has bought 7,000 acres, Emma 
               Dill 12,000 acres, Clarence Speer 
               5,000 acres, and Jasper Lamar Crabb 
               25,000 acres.

                           EVELYN
               Jasper Lamar Crabb?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 89
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               Know him?

                           EVELYN
               No, I think I'd remember.

                           GITTES
               Yeah -- they've been blowing these 
               farmers out of here and buying their 
               land for peanuts -- Have any idea 
               what this land'll be worth with a 
               steady water supply? About thirty 
               million more than they paid.

                           EVELYN
               -- And Hollis knew about it?

                           GITTES
               It's why he was killed -- Jasper
               Lamar Crabb -- Jasper Lamar Crabb --

     He's pulling out his wallet, excitedly now, spilling its 
     contents onto the seat. He pulls out the obituary column 
     he'd folded up earlier in the day.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               We got it. We got it, baby.

                           EVELYN
               What? What is it?

                           GITTES
               There was a memorial service at the 
               Mar Vista Inn today for Jasper Lamar 
               Crabb. He died three weeks ago.

                           EVELYN
               Is that unusual?

                           GITTES
               Two weeks ago he bought those 25,000 
               acres. That's unusual.

     EXT. MAR VISTA INN AND REST HOME - NIGHT

     Evelyn's car pulls up before the elegant Spanish rest home, 
     its entryway illuminated by streetlights. There is a small 
     sign giving the name of the place in elegant neon scroll. It 
     sits on the rolling green lawns.

     Gittes gets out of the car with Evelyn. He offers her his 
     arm and they go up the walkway to the entrance.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 90
     9-16-01                                                     


     INT. MAR VISTA INN AND REST HOME - NIGHT

     Gittes and Evelyn are approached by an unctuous man in his 
     forties, with a flower in his buttonhole. He sees

     Evelyn first --

                           PALMER
               Hello there, I'm Mr. Palmer. Can I 
               help you folks?

     Then he gets a clear look at Gittes -- bruised, trousers 
     torn, etc.

                           GITTES
               Yes, I sure hope so. It's Dad --
                    (indicating his 
                    disheveled appearance)
               -- I just can't handle him anymore, 
               can I, sweetheart?

     Evelyn shakes her head.

                           PALMER
               Oh my goodness.

                           GITTES
                    (hastily)
               Nothing to do with Dad. It's me, 
               actually.

                           EVELYN
               They just don't get along very well.  
               Dad's a lamb with anyone else.

                           PALMER
                    (not so sure)
               Oh -- well -- I don't know --

                           GITTES
               Naturally, I want the best for him, 
               money is no object --

                           PALMER
               -- Perhaps if we could meet your 
               father --

                           GITTES
               There's just one question.

                           PALMER
               Of course.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 91
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               Do you accept anyone of the Jewish 
               persuasion?

     Evelyn can't quite conceal her surprise at the question.

                           PALMER
                    (very embarrassed)
               I'm sorry -- we don't.

                           GITTES
                    (smoothly)
               Don't be sorry, neither does Dad.  
               Wanted to make sure though, didn't 
               we, honey?

     Evelyn stares back at Gittes, amused and appalled.

     She manages to nod.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Just to be certain, I wonder if you 
               could show us a list of your patients?

                           PALMER
                    (polite but pointed)
               We don't reveal the names of our 
               guests as a matter of policy. I know 
               you'd appreciate that if your father 
               came to live with us.

     Gittes locks eyes with Palmer.

                           GITTES
                    (confidentially)
               That's exactly what we wanted to 
               hear.

                           PALMER
               Oh, good.

                           GITTES
               I wonder, is it too late for us to 
               have a look around?

                           PALMER
               I don't think so -- be happy to show 
               you --

                           GITTES
               Would you mind if we took a stroll 
               on our own?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 92
     9-16-01                                                     


                           PALMER
               -- Just, if you will, confine yourself 
               to the main building -- it's nearly 
               bedtime.

                           GITTES
               We understand, c'mon, sweetheart.

     He takes Evelyn.

     INT. PARLOR - EVELYN

     looking. Either by accident or design, the primarily 
     octogenarian guests have segregated themselves. In one wing, 
     the men are playing pinochle, some are playing dominoes -- 
     one elderly gentleman sits. by himself carefully peeling an 
     orange.

     In an adjacent parlor several white-headed ladies work on a 
     quilt.

     Gittes grabs Evelyn's hand.

                           GITTES
                    (quietly)
               They're all here. Every goddam name.

     Gittes points to the wall -- it says ACTIVITIES BOARD.

     THERE ARE TITLES -- LAWN BOWLING - BRIDGE - FISHING -

     CROQUET -- below them are the names of the guests, entered 
     under certain activities, for certain days.

     After Evelyn looks, she turns to Gittes.

                           GITTES
                    (continuing; indicating 
                    the ancients around 
                    them)
               You're looking at the owners of a 
               50,000 acre empire.

                           EVELYN
                    (astonished)
               They can't be.

                           GITTES
               They may not know it -- but they 
               are.

     Gittes strolls toward the women knitting and working on the 
     quilt.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 93
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Hello, girls.

     Two of the ladies giggle. The third continues to busy herself 
     with her quilt, off by herself.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Which one of you is Emma Dill?

     Two of them say "she is," and point in different directions. 
     The third gives them a curt look and goes back to her 
     knitting. Gittes approaches her.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Are you Emma?

     Some old voice is singing softly, "Don't Sit Under the Apple 
     Tree."

                           EMMA
               -- Yes.

                           GITTES
               I've been wanting to meet you.

                           EMMA
               Why?

                           GITTES
               -- Did you know that you're a very 
               wealthy woman?

                           EMMA
                    (stitching, smiles)
               -- I'm not.

                           GITTES
               Well you own a lot of land.

                           EMMA
               Not anymore. Oh, some time ago, my 
               late husband owned a good deal of 
               beach property in Long Beach -- but 
               we lost it.

     Gittes looks at the quilt. In it is the head of a fish -- 
     among the rest of the crazy quilt pattern. Gittes spots it.

                           GITTES
               That's just lovely.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 94
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EMMA
               Thank you...

     He looks through the quilt for other pieces of the fish -- 
     comes across the tail -- and by it -- the initials A.C.

                           GITTES
                    (indicating tail)
               -- Where did you get this material?

                           EMMA
                    (what it sounds like)
               The apple core club --

                           GITTES
               -- The apple core?

                           EMMA
               No -- the albacore. It's a fish.  My 
               grandson's a member -- and they take 
               very nice care of us.

                           GITTES
               How do they do that?

                           EMMA
               Give us things -- not just some old 
               flag like this, but --

                           GITTES
                    (kneeling)
               But what?

                           PALMER'S VOICE
               We're a sort of unofficial charity 
               of theirs, Mr. Gittes. Would you 
               care to come this way? Someone wants 
               to see you.

     Gittes looks up, sees Palmer standing in the doorway, looking 
     taut and a little drawn. Evelyn is beside him.

     She gestures -- as if there's someone behind Palmer.

     Gittes rises.

                           GITTES
               See you later, Emma.

     He walks toward Palmer who waits for him to walk in front.

     AT THE ENTRANCE HALL - MULVIHILL

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 95
     9-16-01                                                     


     Is waiting. He's got his hand in his pocket. Evelyn looks to 
     Gittes. The four of them stand there, Mulvihill towering 
     over everyone.

                           MULVIHILL
               Come on -- I want you to meet 
               somebody, Gittes.

                           GITTES
                    (glancing from Palmer 
                    to Mulvihill)
               Can -- we leave the lady out of this?

                           MULVIHILL
                    (a little uncertain)
               -- Yeah, why not?

                           GITTES
               Okay, I'd like to walk her to her 
               car.

                           EVELYN
               I'll stay.

                           GITTES
                    (taking her by the 
                    arm)
               Get in the car.

                           MULVIHILL
               I'll see she makes it.

     Mulvihill has walked up beside Gittes. He makes the mistake 
     of opening the glass door in the entryway, putting his back 
     to Gittes for a moment. Gittes swiftly pulls Mulvihill's 
     jacket up over his head. He spins him around. With his jacket 
     covering his face, Gittes hammers away at Mulvihlll, beating 
     him against the glass door, along the wall, mercilessly 
     pounding his fists into the cloth until the cloth turns red 
     and Mulvihill begins to sink to the red tile floor. Palmer 
     screams. Evelyn stands there astonished. Mulvihill's gun has 
     clattered to the floor.

                           GITTES
                    (as Mulvihill hits 
                    the floor, to Evelyn)
               What are you waiting for? Get in the 
               car!

     Evelyn goes.

     Mulvihill tries to get up again. Palmer starts to go for the 
     gun, nearly picking it up. Gittes slaps it out of his hand

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 96
     9-16-01                                                     


     and kicks it. It goes flying down the hall, at least thirty 
     feet; hits the wall. Palmer goes screaming off into the night. 
     Gittes turns back to Mulvihill who starts to get up, then 
     collapses.

     Gittes goes out the front door, ignoring the excited audience 
     of ancients behind him.

     OUTSIDE

     As Gittes walks down the pathway, he stops -- two men are 
     coming toward him. One of them is shorter, and has the 
     nervous, jerky moves of the man who slit his nose.

     Gittes stops. The two men fan out and continue to move toward 
     him. Gittes spots the two-tone shoes. He begins to back up.

     Suddenly there is a pair of headlights flashing brilliantly 
     behind the two men. In a moment Evelyn's car is headed across 
     the lawn directly toward the two men, accelerating as it 
     gets near them. They look in disbelief, then dive for safety. 
     The car skids to a stop, fishtailing a little on the grass.

     Evelyn opens the passenger door.

                           EVELYN
               Get in.

     Gittes jumps in and she takes off across the lawn, tilting 
     the elegant little neon sign on the lawn as she goes. Two 
     SHOTS ARE FIRED.

     INT. CAR - EVELYN & GITTES

     Evelyn looking straight ahead, driving. After a moment she 
     takes one hand off the wheel and rubs her left eye a little. 
     Gittes watches her. He smiles.

     EXT. VERANDA - MULWRAY HOME - NIGHT

     Gittes stands on the veranda, smoking a cigarette, staring 
     off into the night.

     Evelyn comes out to the veranda, carrying a tray with whiskey 
     and an ice bucket on it. She sets it down -- Gittes turns.

                           GITTES
                    (watching her pour)
               Maid's night off?

                           EVELYN
               Why?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 97
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
                    (a little surprised, 
                    he laughs)
               What do you mean, 'why?' Nobody's 
               here, that's all.

                           EVELYN
                    (handing Gittes his 
                    drink)
               -- I gave everybody the night off --

                           GITTES
               -- Easy, It's an innocent question.

                           EVELYN
               No question from you is innocent, 
               Mr. Gittes.

                           GITTES
                    (laughing)
               I guess not -- to you, Mrs. Mulwray.  
               Frankly you really saved my a-- my 
               neck tonight.

     They drink.

                           EVELYN
               Tell me something -- does this usually 
               happen to you, Mr. Gittes?

                           GITTES
               What's that, Mrs. Mulwray?

                           EVELYN
               -- Well, I'm only judging on the 
               basis of one afternoon and an evening, 
               but if that's how you go about your 
               work, I'd say you're lucky to get 
               through a whole day.

                           GITTES
                    (pouring himself 
                    another drink)
               -- Actually this hasn't happened to 
               me in some time.

                           EVELYN
               -- When was the last time?

                           GITTES
               Why?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 98
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EVELYN
               Just -- I don't know why.  I'm asking.

     Gittes touches his nose, winces a little.

                           GITTES
               It was in Chinatown.

                           EVELYN
               What were you doing there?

                           GITTES
                    (taking a long drink)
               -- Working for the District Attorney.

                           EVELYN
               Doing what?

     Gittes looks sharply at her. Then:

                           GITTES
               As little as possible.

                           EVELYN
               The District Attorney gives his men 
               advice like that?

                           GITTES
               They do in Chinatown.

     She looks at him. Gittes stares off into the night.

     Evelyn has poured herself another drink.

                           EVELYN
               Bothers you to talk about it, doesn't 
               It?

     Gittes gets up.

                           GITTES
               No -- I wonder -- could I -- do you 
               have any peroxide or something?

     He touches his nose lightly.

                           EVELYN
               Oh sure. C'mon.

     She takes his hand and leads him back into the house.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                   p. 99
     9-16-01                                                     


     INT. BATHROOM - MIRROR

     Gittes pulls the plaster off his nose, stares at it in the 
     mirror. Evelyn takes some hydrogen peroxide and some cotton 
     out of a medicine cabinet. Evelyn turns Gittes' head toward 
     her. She has him sit on the pullman tile adjacent to the 
     sink.

                           EVELYN
               Doctor did a nice job...

     She begins to work on his nose with the peroxide. Then she 
     sees his cheek -- checks back in his hair.--

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- Boy oh boy, you're a mess

                           GITTES
               -- Yeah --

                           EVELYN
                    (working on him)
               -- So why does it bother you to talk 
               about it... Chinatown...

                           GITTES
               -- Bothers everybody who works there -- 
               but to me -- It was --

     Gittes shrugs.

                           EVELYN
               -- Hold still -- why?

                           GITTES
               -- You can't always tell what's going 
               on there --

                           EVELYN
               ... No -- why was it --

                           GITTES
               I thought I was keeping someone from 
               being hurt and actually I ended up 
               making sure they were hurt.

                           EVELYN
               Could you do anything about it?

     They're very close now as she's going over a mouse very near 
     his eye.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 100
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               Yeah -- make sure I don't find myself 
               in Chinatown anymore -- wait a second --

     He takes hold of her and pulls her even closer,

                           EVELYN
                    (momentarily freezing)
               -- What's wrong?

                           GITTES
               Your eye.

                           EVELYN
               What about it?

                           GITTES
                    (staring intently)
               There's something black in the green 
               part of your eye.

                           EVELYN
                    (not moving)
               Oh that... It's a flaw in the iris...

                           GITTES
               ... A flaw...

                           EVELYN
                    (she almost shivers)
               ... Yes, sort of a birthmark...

     Gittes kisses her lightly, gradually rises until he's standing 
     holding her. She hesitates, then wraps her arms around him.

     INT. MULWRAY BEDROOM - TELEPHONE

     on a nightstand, city lights visible through the open window 
     behind it. It is RINGING. Evelyn's arm reaches INT0 SHOT. 
     SOUND of something hitting the headboard.

     Gittes moans.

     VIEW SHIFTS TO INCLUDE Gittes in bed, holding his head, which 
     he's just hit. Evelyn pauses in her reach to the phone. She 
     turns to him, whispers, "I'm sorry," kisses him on the head 
     and lips. PHONE CONTINUES TO RING. She picks it up.

                           EVELYN
               Hello...
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 101
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (in Spanish now)
               No, no, I'll come and help, just 
               keep watching her and don't do 
               anything until I get there... 'bye.

     VIEW SHIFTS AGAIN TO INCLUDE Gittes in bed, watching Evelyn 
     next to him as she's talking on the phone. She hangs up. She 
     touches Gittes' cheek lightly.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
               I have to go.

     Gittes stares at her silently.

                           GITTES
               Where?

                           EVELYN
               -- Just -- I have to.

                           GITTES
               And I want to know where.

                           EVELYN
                    (she starts out of 
                    bed)
               Please don't be angry... believe me, 
               it's got nothing to do with you --

                           GITTES
                    (stopping her)
               Where are you going?

                           EVELYN
                    (near tears)
               Please!... Trust me this much...
                    (she kisses him lightly)
               I'll be back -- look, there is 
               something I should tell you. The 
               fishing club that old lady mentioned, 
               the pieces off the flag --

                           GITTES
               The Albacore Club.

                           EVELYN
               It has to do with my father.

                           GITTES
               I know.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 102
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EVELYN
               He owns it. You know?

                           GITTES
               I saw him.

                           EVELYN
                    (sitting up straight)
               You saw my fa -- father? When?

                           GITTES
               This morning.

                           EVELYN
                    (panicked)
               You didn't tell me.

                           GITTES
               There hasn't been a lot of time.

     She leaps out of bed, throwing on a robe.

                           EVELYN
               What did he say?
                    (insistent)
               What did he say?

                           GITTES
               -- That you were jealous, and he was 
               worried about what you might do.

                           EVELYN
               Do? To who?

                           GITTES
               Mulwray's girlfriend, for one thing. 
               He wanted to know where she was.

     Evelyn starts quickly for the bathroom, then comes back and 
     kneels by the side of the bed, takes Gittes' hand.

                           EVELYN
               I want you to listen to me -- my 
               father is a very dangerous man.  You 
               don't know how dangerous. You don't 
               know how crazy.

                           GITTES
               Give me an example.

                           EVELYN
               You may think you know what's going 
               on, but you don't.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 103
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               That's what your father said -- you're 
               telling me he's in back of this whole 
               thing?

                           EVELYN
               It's possible.

                           GITTES
               Including the death of your husband?

                           EVELYN
               It's possible -- please don't ask me 
               any more questions now. Just wait, 
               wait for me -- I'll be back.  I need 
               you here.

     She kisses him, rushes to the bathroom, shuts the door.

     Gittes stares at it a moment. Then leaps out of bed, rummages 
     around, tosses on his trousers. He grabs his shoes, throws 
     them on. Then hurries out of the bedroom.

     EXT. MULWRAY HOME - GITTES

     running across the driveway to the garage. There are two 
     cars there -- Mulwray's Buick and Evelyn's Packard.

     Gittes moves over to the Buick, opens the passenger's door.

     INT. BUICK - GITTES

     checks the ignition. No key is in it. He pulls a couple of 
     wires from under the dash -- starts to mess with them, seems 
     satisfied. Slides out across the seat, slams the door.

     EXT. MULWRAY DRIVEWAY - NIGHT

     Gittes hurries over to the Packard. He gets down on the 
     driveway, lying on his back, bracing himself. With the heel 
     of his shoe, he kicks at the right rear taillight of the 
     car. He shatters the red lens, gets up. He carefully pulls 
     the red lens off the taillight, exposing the white light 
     beneath it. He tosses the red lens into the shrubbery and 
     hurries back toward the house.

     ONE RED AND ONE WHITE TAILLIGHT - MOVING - NIGHT

     Evelyn's car speeds along the curves on Sunset Boulevard, 
     the red and white lights coming IN AND OUT OF VIEW.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 104
     9-16-01                                                     


     GITTES DRIVING - NIGHT

     behind the wheel of Mulwray's car, keeping a healthy distance 
     from Evelyn in front of him. .

     EVELYN'S PACKARD

     pulls up before a small little bungalow-house. She gets out, 
     looks up and down the street. There is nothing.

     She hurries on up the walkway to the front door.

     DOWN THE STREET - GITTES IN BUICK

     Idles the engine with the lights off. He brings the car a 
     few yards further down the street, parking it near Evelyn's.

     Gittes gets out of the car and goes up the walkway.

     The curtains are drawn except for one of the small windows 
     on the side of the house. He goes to it and looks, balancing 
     on the edge of the porch.

     THROUGH THE WINDOW

     Gittes sees Evelyn's Oriental servant rush through the living 
     room of the small house. In a moment he re-emerges back 
     through the living room carrying a tray with a glass and 
     pitcher on it.

     GITTES

     around to the side of the house. He runs into shrubbery and 
     a short picket fence.

     He climbs over it, follows along the stucco wall to a series 
     of windows at the corner of the house. These all have shades 
     on them. He can hear someone crying in the house. Someone 
     else talking alternately firmly and plaintively in Spanish. 
     Here the windows have blinds.

     He moves to one where the blind is not completely drawn

     -- there's an inch or so of space at the bottom.

     THROUGH THE WINDOW

     Gittes can see the servant again. Evelyn is pacing back and 
     forth in and out of his line of vision. After a moment someone 
     rises INTO SHOT -- obviously from lying on a bed. The figure 
     is just a few feet from Evelyn. Her tear-stained face comes 
     INTO VIEW. It is unmistakably the girl Gittes had last seen 
     with Hollis Mulwray.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 105
     9-16-01                                                     


     Mulwray's girlfriend. She's looking up to Evelyn, speaking 
     in Spanish -- her words are not discernible but the tone is -- 
     bitter, anguished. A newspaper is strewn about the room.

     Evelyn kneels. She insists that the girl swallow down some 
     pills. The girl reluctantly does.

     GITTES

     continues to watch.

     EXT. STREET - EVELYN - NIGHT

     emerges from the house, goes to her car and gets in.

     INT. CAR

     Evelyn sees Gittes sitting in her car, staring coldly at 
     her.

                           GITTES
               Okay, give me the keys.

                           EVELYN
                    (stunned, furious)
               You bastard.

                           GITTES
               -- It's either that or you drive
               to the police yourself.

                           EVELYN
               The police?

                           GITTES
               C'mon, Mrs. Mulwray -- you've got 
               your husband's girlfriend tied up in 
               there!

                           EVELYN
               She's not tied up!

                           GITTES
               You know what I mean. You're keeping 
               her there against her will.

                           EVELYN
               I am not!

                           GITTES
               Then let's go talk to her.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 106
     9-16-01                                                     


     Gittes starts to get out of the car. Evelyn grabs his arm, 
     nearly screaming:

                           EVELYN
               No!

     Her intensity actually rips Gittes' already partially torn 
     jacket. He looks at it and her. It seems to have a momentary 
     calming effect on both of them.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               She's too upset.

                           GITTES
               What about?

                           EVELYN
               Hollis' death. I tried to keep it 
               from her, I didn't want her upset 
               before I could make plans for her to 
               leave.

                           GITTES
               You mean she just found out?

                           EVELYN
               Yes.

                           GITTES
               That's not what it looks like, Mrs. 
               Mulwray.

                           EVELYN
               What does it look like?

                           GITTES
               Like she knows about Hollis' death -- 
               like she knows more than you want 
               her to tell.

                           EVELYN
               You're insane.

     Gittes explodes.

                           GITTES
               Just tell me the truth -- I'm not 
               the police. I don't care what you've 
               done. I'm not going to hurt you -- 
               but one way or another I'm going to 
               know.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 107
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EVELYN
               You won't go to the police if I tell 
               you?

                           GITTES
               I will if you don't.

     A long pause. Evelyn's head sinks onto the steering wheel, 
     her hair covering her face.

                           EVELYN
               She's my sister.

     Evelyn is breathing very deeply now -- not crying, but the 
     kind of deep breathing that comes from real hysteria.

     Gittes puts an arm on her shoulder.

                           GITTES
               Take it easy... If it's your sister 
               it's your sister... why all the 
               secrecy?

     She lifts her head and looks up at him. He's genuinely 
     puzzled.

                           EVELYN
                    (really upset)
               I can't...

                           GITTES
               Because of Hollis? Because she was 
               seeing your husband? Was that it? 
               Jesus Christ, say something.  Was 
               that it?

     She nods. Gittes sighs.

                           EVELYN
                    (finally)
               I would never ever have harmed Hollis. 
               I loved him more than my own family. 
               He was the most gentle, decent man 
               imaginable... and he put up with 
               more from me than you'll ever know... 
               I just wanted him to be happy...

     She begins to cry softly.

                           GITTES
                    (after a moment)
               -- I took your husband's Buick...
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 108
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (he opens the car 
                    door)
               I'll return it tomorrow.

                           EVELYN
               Aren't you coming back with me?

                           GITTES
               -- Don't worry. I'm not telling 
               anybody about this.

                           EVELYN
               ... That's not what I meant.

     There is a long moment of silence. Gittes looks over to 
     Evelyn. Her hair covers most of her face from him.

                           GITTES
                    (finally)
               Yeah, well... I'm very tired, Mrs. 
               Mulwray. Good night.

     He gets out and slams the car door. She drives off.

     INT. SHOWER - GITTES' APARTMENT - GITTES

     The spray is hitting him full on the top of the head.

     Gittes is so exhausted he's literally holding onto the nozzle 
     as the water pours down. He shuts the shower off, reaches 
     weakly for a towel -- dabs his nose lightly with it.

     INT. GITTES' BEDROOM - GITTES

     pads around in elegant silk pajamas.

     He walks over to the window where morning light is streaming 
     in. He closes the curtains, collapses on the bed, on top of 
     the covers, inert. Almost immediately the PHONE RINGS. Gittes 
     lets it go on for a moment, then picks it up without saying 
     anything.

                           VOICE ON PHONE
                    (male)
               Gittes?... Gittes?

                           GITTES
               -- Yeah.

                           VOICE ON PHONE
               Ida Sessions wants to see you.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 109
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               Who?

                           VOICE 0N PHONE
               Ida Sessions, you remember Ida.

     Gittes slowly rises to one elbow.

                           GITTES
               -- Yeah?... I do?

                           VOICE ON PHONE
               Sure you do.

                           GITTES
               -- Well, tell you what, pal. If Ida 
               wants to see me she can call me -- 
               at my office.

     He hangs up, falls back down. PHONE RINGS AGAIN.

     AND AGAIN. Gittes swears, picks it up.

                           VOICE ON PHONE
               684 1/2 East Tensington -- Echo Park. 
               She begged me to call.  She's waiting 
               for you.

     Before Gittes can say anything, the phone clicks dead.

     EXT..CERRITOS TOWER ROAD - HOLLYWOOD HILLS -

                           EARLY MORNING
               Gittes pulls up. It is a bungalow 
               courtyard with a very narrow walkway 
               and sickly green stucco.

     EXT. IDA SESSIONS' APARTMENT - DAY

     Gittes at the front door. It's slightly ajar. He knocks.

     Nothing. He opens it and enters.

     INT. LIVING ROOM

     Morning light filters through the half-open blinds. Dust 
     particles in the shafts of light. It's still and empty.

     Gittes sees something down the hall, under the legs of a 
     telephone table. Gittes moves toward it. It is grotesque.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 110
     9-16-01                                                     


     When he gets closer he can see it's a wilted head of lettuce. 
     Just inside the kitchen some radishes and onions lie on the 
     linoleum. Gittes walks on into the kitchen.

     INT. KITCHEN

     Clearing the kitchen counter, Gittes sees IDA SESSIONS lying 
     on her back on the floor, surrounded by the groceries from a 
     broken bag. Ice cream has melted around her. Her eyes are 
     open, a stream of ants is moving across the ice cream and 
     into her mouth. She's recognizable as the woman who posed as 
     Evelyn Mulwray.

     Gittes kneels over her. He gingerly opens her handbag, fishes 
     for its contents, takes them and looks at them on the kitchen 
     counter -- wallet with a few bills in it, driver's license. 
     with her name -- a Screen Actors Guild card. Gittes nods -- 
     turns, carefully replaces the items in the purse.

     He idly opens the broom closet, pantry, and even Frigidaire -- 
     which is all but empty. Then he steps over her body and moves 
     across the hall to a door that is slightly ajar.

     INT. BATHROOM

     Gittes enters and turns on the light.

                           ESCOBAR
               Find anything interesting, Gittes?

     Escobar and another PLAINCLOTHED MAN stand in the bathroom 
     by the entrance to the bedroom door. Gittes turns around. A 
     THIRD MAN is now coming down the hall from the bedroom.

     Gittes looks at the two, doesn't reply.

                           ESCOBAR (CONT'D)
               What are you doing here?

                           GITTES
               Didn't you call?

                           ESCOBAR
                    (jerk of his head 
                    toward the kitchen)
               How do you happen to know her?

                           GITTES
               I don't.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 111
     9-16-01                                                     


                           ESCOBAR
                    (turning toward other 
                    room)
               -- Let me show you something.

     INT. KITCHEN

     Escobar points to the number MU 7279 on the side of one of 
     the kitchen cabinets.

                           ESCOBAR
               Isn't that your number?

                           GITTES
               Is it? I forget. I don't call myself 
               that often.

                           ESCOBAR
               Just to be on the safe side, we had 
               Loach here give you a ring.

     He indicates one of his assistants.

                           ESCOBAR'S ASSISTANT
                    (a slight sneer)
               What happened to your nose, Gittes?  
               Somebody slam a bedroom window on 
               it?

                           GITTES
                    (right back, smiling)
               Nope, your wife got excited, crossed 
               her legs a little too quick. You 
               understand, pal.

     The Assistant starts to move for Gittes who is ready for 
     him. Escobar steps between the two.

                           ESCOBAR
                    (to other Assistant)
               Loach.
                    (Escobar pulls out a 
                    drawer)
               How about these? Look familiar?

     In the open drawer are the photos of Mulwray and the girl in 
     the park, boat, and at the El Macando on the veranda.

                           GITTES
                    (no point in denying 
                    it)
               Yeah, I took 'em. So what?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 112
     9-16-01                                                     


                           ESCOBAR
               How did she --
                    (meaning the corpse)
               -- happen to have them?

     Gittes takes a deep breath.

                           GITTES
               Either you tell me or I guess - 'cause 
               I don't have the answer.

     Escobar nods.

                           ESCOBAR
               You really think I'm stupid, don't 
               you, Gittes?

                           GITTES
               I don't think about it one way or 
               the other. But if you want, give me 
               a day or two, and I'll get back to 
               you. Now I'd like to go home.

                           ESCOBAR
               I want the rest of the pictures.

                           GITTES
               What pictures?

                           ESCOBAR
                    (meaning the corpse)
               This broad hired you, Gittes, not 
               Evelyn Mulwray.

                           GITTES
               Yeah?

                           ESCOBAR
               Yeah -- somebody wanted to shake 
               down Mulwray, she hired you, and 
               that's how you happen to know Mulwray 
               was murdered.

                           GITTES
               I heard it was an accident.

                           ESCOBAR
               C'mon, you think you're dealing with 
               a bunch of assholes? Mulwray had 
               salt water in his goddam lungs!  Now 
               how did he get that... in a fresh 
               water reservoir?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 113
     9-16-01                                                     


     Gittes is surprised at this piece of information, but remains 
     nonplussed.

                           ESCOBAR (CONT'D)
               You were following him night and day 
               You saw who killed him.  You even 
               took pictures of it.  It was Evelyn 
               Mulwray -- she's been paying you off 
               like a slot machine ever since her 
               husband died.

                           GITTES
                    (smiling)
               You accusing me of extortion?

                           ESCOBAR
               Absolutely.

                           GITTES
               -- I don't think I need a day or two -- 
               you're even dumber than you think I 
               think you are. Not only that, I'd 
               never extort a nickel out of my worst 
               enemy, that's where I draw the line, 
               Escobar.

                           ESCOBAR
               Yeah, I once knew a whore who for 
               enough money would piss in a 
               customer's face -- but she'd never 
               shit on his chest. That's where she 
               drew the line.

                           GITTES
                    (smiling)
               Well, I hope she wasn't too much of 
               a disappointment to you, Lou.

     Escobar manages a thin smile.

                           ESCOBAR
               I want those photographs, Gittes.  
               We're talking about accessory after 
               the fact, conspiracy, and extortion -- 
               minimum.

                           GITTES
               Why do you think Mulwray's body was 
               moved you dimwit?  Evelyn Mulwray 
               knocked off her husband in the ocean -- 
               and thought it would look like more 
               of an accident if she hauled him up 
               to the Oak Pass Reservoir?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 114
     9-16-01                                                     


     This is a little telling.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Mulwray was murdered and moved -- 
               because somebody didn't want his 
               body found in the ocean.

                           ESCOBAR
               And why's that ?

                           GITTES
               He found out somebody was dumping 
               water there. That's what they were 
               trying to cover up by moving him.

     This stops Escobar. He's dumbfounded by it.

                           ESCOBAR
               What are you talking about?

                           GITTES
               C'mon I'll show you.

     Escobar hesitates.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               C'mon - make a decision, Lou.  You're 
               in charge.

     The men around Escobar look to him. Escobar grudgingly nods.

     CLOSE SHOT - STORM DRAIN

     It yawns AT CAMERA, only a trickle of water dropping into 
     the ocean.

     VIEW WIDENS TO INCLUDE Escobar, Gittes, and two Plain- 
     clothesmen, standing and staring at the empty pipe as if 
     they expect it to talk.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (squinting in sunlight)
               It's too late.

                           ESCOBAR
               Too late for what?

                           GITTES
               They only dump the water at night.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 115
     9-16-01                                                     


     A THIRD ASSISTANT runs down the side of the cliff and Over 
     to Escobar.

                           ESCOBAR
               Reach anybody?

                           THIRD ASSISTANT
               Yelburton, he's the new chief.

                           ESCOBAR
               I know who he is. Well?

                           THIRD ASSISTANT
               He says --

                           GITTES
               I know what he says.

                           ESCOBAR
                    (to Gittes)
               Shut up.
                    (to Assistant)
               Go on.

                           THIRD ASSISTANT
               Yelburton says they're irrigating in 
               the valley -- there's always a little 
               runoff when they do that.  And he 
               says is Gittes knows that, and has 
               been going around making irresponsible 
               accusations for the last week.

     Escobar turns to Gittes. Stares at him for a long moment.

                           ONE OF ASSISTANTS
               Let's swear out a warrant for her 
               arrest. What are we waiting for?

                           GITTES
                    (meaning Escobar)
               -- Because he just made lieutenant, 
               and he wants to hang onto his little 
               gold bar.

     Escobar stares hatefully at Gittes.

                           ESC0BAR
               Have your client in my office in two 
               hours -- and remember. I don't have 
               to let you go. I've got you for 
               withholding evidence right now.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 116
     9-16-01                                                     


     EXT. MULWRAY HOME - DAY

     Gittes in Mulwray's Buick whips into the driveway. He looks 
     in the garage. Evelyn's car is gone. Only the Gardener's 
     truck is there.

     Gittes hurries along the pathway and up to the house.

     He rings the doorbell. Scarcely waiting for an answer he 
     tries it. It's locked. He reaches into his pocket -- pulls 
     out his cigarette case, takes a pick out of the side and 
     starts to fool with the lock.

     The Maid opens the door abruptly, stares in some surprise at 
     Gittes.

                           GITTES
               Where's Mrs. Mulwray?

                           MAID
               No esta.

     Gittes looks past the Maid to the center of the living room -- 
     where luggage is packed and neatly piled.

     The Maid is actually in the process of throwing covers over 
     the furniture.

                           GITTES
                    (indicating luggage)
               Is Mrs. Mulwray going someplace?...
                    (no answer)
               on a trip?... vacation?...

                           MAID
               No esta in casa.

     Gittes nods. He continues through the house and out back to 
     the veranda.

     EXT. MULWRAY VERANDA - GITTES

     is unsettled. Sees the Gardener working by the pond.

     He wanders a few yards in that direction.

     GARDENER

     spots Gittes, half-bows, nods and smiles.

     GITTES

     in turn, nods, smiles.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 117
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES
               -- bad for glass.

     GARDENER

     breaks into a big grin. Nods again.

                           GARDENER
               Oh yes, bad for glass.

     He points to the newly mown lawn.

                           GARDENER (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Salt water velly bad for glass.

     GITTES

     can't quite believe what he's heard,

                           GITTES
               Salt water?

     The Gardener nods vigorously. Points to the pond.

                           GARDENER
               Velly velly bad.

     Gittes has moved to the pond. He kneels. Clinging to the 
     edge of it he can now see as he could have before if he'd 
     looked closely, a starfish.

     CLOSE STARFISH

     It has one leg missing. The fifth point on the star is Just 
     beginning to grow back.

     GITTES

     touches the water, tastes it. He licks his lips, then spots 
     something glinting in the bottom of the pond.

                           GITTES
               What's that... down there?

     The Gardener peers into the pond.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               ... there.

     The Gardener spots it. He rolls up his trousers, gets in the 
     pond, and reaches into the bottom, his chin actually touching

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 118
     9-16-01                                                     


     the water. He misses the object, which seems to scoot away 
     like an animal. Then he grasps it. He lifts it out of the 
     water and holds a pair of eye glasses, rimless, bent, his 
     finger poking through the frame where one lens is shattered.

     The Gardener seems surprised. Gittes looks at the glasses. 
     They are heavily bifocal and reflect the sun.

     INT. MULWRAY HOME

     Gittes holds the phone to his ear. On the telephone table, 
     lying on his handkerchief are the glasses.

     The Maid hovers around over Gittes' shoulder, uneasily 
     watching him.

                           CROSS' VOICE
               Hello.

                           GITTES
               Have you got your checkbook handy, 
               Mr. Cross? I've got the girl.

                           CROSS' VOICE
               -- you've got her? Where?

                           GITTES
               Do you remember the figures we 
               discussed?

                           CROSS' VOICE
               Of course I do. Where are you?

                           GITTES
               -- at your daughter's house.  How 
               soon can you get here?

                           CROSS' VOICE
               Two hours... tell me, will Evelyn be 
               there as well?

                           GITTES
               Either that or she'll be in jail.

                           CROSS' VOICE
               What are you talking about?

                           GITTES
               Just bring your checkbook.

     Gittes hangs up.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 119
     9-16-01                                                     


     EXT. BUNGALOW-HOUSE - ADELAIDE DRIVE

     Gittes pulls up in Mulwray's Buick. He hurries to the front 
     door, pounds on it.

     The Chinese servant answers the door.

                           CHINESE SERVANT
               You wait.

                           GITTES
                    (short sentence in 
                    Chinese)
               You wait.

     Gittes pushes past him. Evelyn, looking a little worn but 
     glad to see him hurries to the door. She takes Gittes' arm.

                           EVELYN
               How are you? I was calling you.

     She looks at him, searching his face.

                           GITTES
               -- Yeah?

     They move into the living room. Gittes is looking around it.

                           EVELYN
               Did you get some sleep?

                           GITTES
               Sure.

                           EVELYN
               Did you have lunch?
               Kyo will fix you something --

                           GITTES
                    (abruptly)
               -- where's the girl?

                           EVELYN
               Upstairs. Why?

                           GITTES
               I want to see her.

                           EVELYN
               ...she's having a bath now... why do 
               you want to see her?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 120
     9-16-01                                                     


     Gittes continues to look around. He sees clothes laid out 
     for packing in a bedroom off the living room.

                           GITTES
               Going somewhere?

                           EVELYN
               Yes, we've got a 4:30 train to catch. 
               Why?

     Gittes doesn't answer. He goes to the phone and dials.

                           GITTES
               J. J. Gittes for Lieutenant
               Escobar.

                           EVELYN
               What are you doing? What's wrong?  I 
               told you we've got a 4:30 --

                           GITTES
                    (cutting her off)
               You're going to miss your train!
                    (then, into phone)
               Lou, meet me at 1412 Adelaide.  It's 
               above Santa Monica Canyon... yeah, 
               soon as you can.

                           EVELYN
               What did you do that for?

                           GITTES
                    (a moment, then)
               You know any good criminal lawyers?

                           EVELYN
                    (puzzled)
               -- no...

                           GITTES
               Don't worry -- I can recommend a 
               couple. They're expensive but you 
               can afford it.

                           EVELYN
                    (evenly but with great 
                    anger)
               What the hell is this all about?

     Gittes looks at her -- then takes the handkerchief out Of 
     his breast pocket -- unfolds it on a coffee table, revealing 
     the bifocal glasses, one lens still intact.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 121
     9-16-01                                                     


     Evelyn stares dumbly at them.

                           GITTES
               I found these in your backyard -- in 
               your fish pond. They belonged to 
               your husband, didn't they?... didn't 
               they?

                           EVELYN
               I don't know. I mean yes, probably.

                           GITTES
               -- yes positively. That's where he 
               was drowned...

                           EVELYN
               What are you saying?

                           GITTES
               There's no time for you to be shocked 
               by the truth, Mrs. Mulwray.  The 
               coroner's report proves he was killed 
               in salt water. Just take my word for 
               it. Now I want to know how it happened 
               and why. I want to know before Escobar 
               gets here because I want to hang 
               onto my license.

                           EVELYN
               -- I don't know what you're talking 
               about. This is the most insane...  
               the craziest thing I ever...

     Gittes has been in a state of near frenzy himself.  gets up, 
     shakes her.

                           GITTES
               Stop it! - I'll make it easy. -- You 
               were jealous, you fought, he fell, 
               hit his head -- it was an accident -- 
               but his girl is a witness. You've 
               had to pay her off. You don't have 
               the stomach to harm her, but you've 
               got the money to shut her up. Yes or 
               no?

                           EVELYN
               ... no...

                           GITTES
               Who is she? And don't give me that 
               crap about it being your sister.  
               You don't have a sister.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 122
     9-16-01                                                     


     Evelyn is trembling.

                           EVELYN
               I'll tell you the truth...

     Gittes smiles.

                           GITTES
               That's good. Now what's her name?

                           EVELYN
               -- Katherine.

                           GITTES
               Katherine?... Katherine who?

                           EVELYN
               -- she's my daughter.

     Gittes stares at her. He's been charged with anger and when 
     Evelyn says this it explodes. He hits her full in the face. 
     Evelyn stares back at him. The blow has forced tears from 
     her eyes, but she makes no move, not even to defend herself.

                           GITTES
               I said the truth!

                           EVELYN
               -- she's my sister --

     Gittes slaps her again.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- she's my daughter.

     Gittes slaps her again.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- my sister.

     He hits her again.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               My daughter, my sister --

     He belts her finally, knocking her into a cheap Chinese vase 
     which shatters and she collapses on the sofa, sobbing.

                           GITTES
               I said I want the truth.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 123
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EVELYN
                    (almost screaming it)
               She's my sister and my daughter!

     Kyo comes running down the stairs.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; in Chinese)
               For God's sake, Kyo, keep her 
               upstairs, go back!

     Kyo turns after staring at Gittes for a moment then goes 
     back upstairs.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- my father and I, understand, or 
               is it too tough for you?

     Gittes doesn't answer.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               ... he had a breakdown... the dam 
               broke... my mother died...  he became 
               a little boy... I was fifteen... 
               he'd ask me what to eat for breakfast, 
               what clothes to wear!... It 
               happened... then I ran away...

                           GITTES
               to Mexico...

     She nods.

                           EVELYN
               Hollis came and took... care of me... 
               after she was born... he said... he 
               took care of her...  I couldn't see 
               her... I wanted to but I couldn't... 
               I just want to see her once in a 
               while... take care of her... that's 
               all... but I don't want her to know... 
               I don't want her to know...

                           GITTES.
               ... so that's why you hate him...

     Evelyn looks slowly up at Gittes.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 124
     9-16-01                                                     


                           EVELYN
               -- no... for turning his back on me 
               after it happened! He couldn't face 
               it...
                    (weeping)
               I hate him.

     Gittes suddenly feels the need to loosen his tie.

                           GITTES
               -- yeah... where are you taking her 
               now?

                           EVELYN
               Back to Mexico.

                           GITTES
               You can't go by train. Escobar'll be 
               looking for you everywhere.

                           EVELYN
               How about a plane?

                           GITTES
               That's worse... Just get out of here -- 
               walk out, leave everything.

                           EVELYN
               I have to go home and get my things --

                           GITTES
               -- I'll take care of it.

                           EVELYN
               Where can we go?

                           GITTES
               ...where does Kyo live?

                           EVELYN
               -- with us.

                           GITTES
               On his day off. Get the exact address.

                           EVELYN
               -- okay...

     She stops suddenly.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
               Those didn't belong to Hollis.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 125
     9-16-01                                                     


     For a moment Gittes doesn't know what she's talking about. 
     Then he follows her gaze to the glasses lying on his 
     handkerchief.

                           GITTES
               How do you know?

                           EVELYN
               He didn't wear bifocals.

     Gittes picks up the glasses, stares at the lens, is 
     momentarily lost in them.

     EVELYN

     from the stairs. She has her arm around Katherine.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
               Say hello to Mr. Gittes, sweetheart.

                           KATHERINE
                    (from the stairs)
               Hello.

     GITTES

     rises a little shakily from the arm of the sofa.

                           GITTES
               Hello.

     With her arm around the girl, talking in Spanish, Evelyn 
     hurries her toward the bedroom. In a moment she re-emerges.

                           EVELYN
                    (calling down)
               -- he lives at 1712 Alameda... do 
               you know where that is?

     REACTION - GITTES

     He nods slowly.

                           GITTES
               -- sure. It's Chinatown.

     THRU WINDOW

     of bungalow Gittes watches Evelyn, the girl and Kyo head for 
     Kyo's black dusty sedan.

     Gittes drops the curtain, heads swiftly to the phone. He 
     dials.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 126
     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Sophie... is Walsh there?... yeah, 
               listen, pal, Escobar's going to try 
               and book me in about five minutes...  
               relax, I'll tell you. Wait in the 
               office for two hours. If you don't 
               hear from me, you and Duffy meet me 
               at 1712 Alameda.

                           WALSH'S VOICE
               -- Jesus, that's in Chinatown, ain't 
               it?

     The front BELL RINGS.

                           GITTES
               I know where it is! Just do it.

     Gittes hangs up and goes to the door. He opens it. No one is 
     there.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (not even bothering 
                    to look around the 
                    sides)
               Come on in, Lou -- we're both too 
               late.

     Escobar and his minions appear from either side of the door.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Looks like she flew the coop.

     Escobar nods.

                           ESCOBAR
               I don't suppose you got any idea 
               where she went?

                           GITTES
               Matter of fact I do.

                           ESCOBAR
               Where?

                           GITTES
               Her maid's house. I think she knows 
               something's up.

                           ESCOBAR
               What's the maid's address?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GITTES
               She lives in Pedro -- I'll write it 
               down for you --

                           ESCOBAR
               No, Gittes, you'll show us.

                           GITTES
               What for?

                           ESCOBAR
               If she's not there, you're going 
               downtown, and you're staying there 
               til she shows up.

                           GITTES
                    (deliberately petulant)
               Gee, Lou, I'm doing the best I can.

                           ESCOBAR
                    (shoving him toward 
                    the door)
               Tell us about it on the way to Pedro.

     EXT. SAN PEDRO - 29TH STREET - DAY

     A steep hill overlooks part of the harbor. Escobar's unmarked 
     car pulls up to a stop in front of a Spanish duplex perched 
     on the steep hillside.

                           ESCOBAR
               That's it?

                           GITTES
               -- yeah.

                           ESCOBAR
               Well, let's go.

                           GITTES
               Do me a favor, will you, Lou?

     Escobar waits.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Let me bring her down myself...  
               she's not armed or nothing... she 
               won't be any problem... I'd just 
               like a minute alone with her... It 
               would mean something... to...  her... 
               and to me.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Escobar shakes his head. For a moment it looks like it means 
     no.

                           ESCOBAR
               You never learn, do you, Gittes?

                           GITTES
                    (a little chagrined)
               I guess not.

                           ESCOBAR
               -- Give you three minutes.

                           GITTES
               Gee, thanks, Lou.

     Gittes gets out of the car, glances around, goes up the 
     stairs. He looks back down at Escobar. Gittes rings the bell.  
     He waits. It opens. It's a WOMAN who's not recognizable. 
     She's got the remnants of a black eye.

                           WOMAN
               Yes?...

     Gittes looks past her to Curly, the fisherman from the first 
     scene. He's seated at the dinner table with his father, his 
     mother, and his children. Curly looks up in surprise.

                           CURLY
                    (happily)
               Mr. Gittes! Come in, come in.

     Gittes enters and closes the door. Curly rises and comes 
     over to him, greets him happily.

                           CURLY (CONT'D)
               Gee, this is a surprise, Mr. Gittes.

                           GITTES
               Call me Jake. How is everything?

                           CURLY
               Just sitting down to supper, Jake.  
               Care to join us?

                           GITTES
               No thanks --

                           CURLY
               How about a glass of wine?  Honey, 
               this is --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           WIFE
                    (coolly)
               Yes, I know.

                           GITTES
               Thanks just the same, Curly. I could 
               use a glass of water, though -- come 
               out with me to the kitchen for a 
               second.

                           CURLY
                    (puzzled)
               Sure thing.

     INT. KITCHEN - GITTES AND CURLY

                           GITTES
               Curly, where's your car?

                           CURLY
               In the garage.

                           GITTES
               Where's that?

                           CURLY
               Off the alley.

                           GITTES
               Could you drive me somewhere?

                           CURLY
               Sure, as soon as we eat --

                           GITTES
               Right now, Curly. It can't wait.

                           CURLY
               I'll just tell my wife.

                           GITTES
                    (pulling him out the 
                    back door)
               -- tell her later.

     They head out the back door and down the steps toward The 
     garage.

     EXT. ALLEY AND GARAGE

     Curly pulls open the garage door. Gets in, starts the car, 
     backs it out. It's an old, late twenties Plymouth sedan.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Gittes hops in. They take off. At the edge of the alley Gittes 
     looks back.

     POV FROM CURLY'S CAR

     Escobar is getting out of his car, moving towards the duplex. 
     Gittes slips down in the seat.

                           GITTES' VOICE
               Just drive slow for a block or two, 
               will you, Curly?

                           CURLY'S VOICE
               What's this all about?

                           GITTES' VOICE
               Tell you in a couple of blocks.

     INT. SEDAN - GITTES AND CURLY

                           GITTES
               How much do you owe me, Curly?

                           CURLY
                    (embarrassed)
               Oh, gee, Mr. Gittes -- we're going 
               out tomorrow. I know you been real 
               good about it but my cousin Auggie's 
               sick.

                           GITTES
               Forget it. How would you like to pay 
               me off by taking a couple of 
               passengers to Ensenada... you'd have 
               to leave tonight.

                           CURLY
               -- I don't know...

                           GITTES
               -- I might be able to squeeze an 
               extra seventy-five bucks out of it 
               for you -- maybe an even hundred.

                           CURLY
               -- plus what I owe you?

                           GITTES
               I'll throw that in too.

                           CURLY
                    (smiling)
               Okay, you got yourself a boat.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     EXT. MULWRAY HOME - GITTES AND CURLY

     carry bags out to Curly's car. Curly opens the door for the 
     Maid. She gets in. He turns to Gittes.

                           GITTES
               Tell Mrs. Mulwray to wait for half 
               an hour after you get there -- then 
               if I don't show, take her down to 
               the boat.

                           CURLY
                    (a little worried)
               -- you sure this is okay?

                           GITTES
                    (mildly indignant)
               Curly, you know how long I been in 
               business.

     Curly nods, reassured. He gets in and takes off.

     EXT. MULWRAY HOME - DUSK

     by the pond, cigarette smoke drifts INTO SHOT. A car pulls 
     up. In a moment Cross can be SEEN, looking TOWARD CAMERA.

                           CROSS
               There you are.

     He walks toward Gittes who stands by the pond, smoking.

                           CROSS (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Well, you don't look any the worse 
               for wear, Mr. Gittes, I must say...  
               where's the girl?...

                           GITTES
               I've got her.

                           CROSS
               Is she all right?

                           GITTES
               She's fine.

                           CROSS
               Where is she?

                           GITTES
               With her mother.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 132
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     Cross' tone alters here.

                           CROSS
               ... with her mother?

     Gittes pulls something out of his pocket and unfolds it.

                           GITTES
               I'd like you to look at something,

     Mr. Cross --

                           CROSS
                    (taking it)
               What is it?

                           GITTES
               An obituary column... can you read 
               in this light?

                           CROSS
               Yes... I think I can manage...

     Cross dips into his coat pocket and pulls out a pair of 
     rimless glasses.. He puts them on, reads.

     GITTES

     stares at the bifocal lenses as Cross continues to look 
     through the obituary column. He looks up.

                           CROSS (CONT'D)
               What does this mean?

                           GITTES
               -- that you killed Hollis Mulwray --

     Gittes is holding the bifocals with the broken lens now.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- right here, in this pond.  You 
               drowned him... and you left these.

     Cross looks at the glasses.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               ...the coroner's report showed Mulwray 
               had salt water in his lungs.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           CROSS
                    (finally)
               Hollie was always fond of tide-pools.  
               You know what he used to say about 
               them?

                           GITTES
               Haven't the faintest idea.

                           CROSS
               -- that's where life begins... 
               marshes, sloughs, tide-pools... he 
               was fascinated by them... you know 
               when we first came out here .he 
               figured that if you dumped water 
               onto desert sand it would percolate 
               down into the bedrock and stay there, 
               instead of evaporating the way it 
               does in most reservoirs.  You'd lose 
               only twenty percent instead of seventy 
               or eighty. He made this city.

                           GITTES
               -- and that's what you were going to 
               do in the Valley?

     EXT. POND - CROSS AND GITTES

                           CROSS
                    (after a long moment)
               -- no, Mr. Gittes. That's what I am 
               doing with the Valley.  The bond 
               issue passes Tuesday - there'll be 
               ten million to build an aqueduct and 
               reservoir. I'm doing it.

                           GITTES
               There's going to be some irate 
               citizens when they find out they're 
               paying for water they're not getting.

                           CROSS
               That's all taken care of. You see, 
               Mr. Gittes. Either you bring the 
               water to L.A. -- or you bring L.A.  
               to the water.

                           GITTES
               How do you do that?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 134
     9-16-01                                                     


                           CROSS
               -- just incorporate the Valley into 
               the city so the water goes to L.A.  
               after all. It's very simple.

     Gittes nods.

                           GITTES
                    (then)
               How much are you worth?

                           CROSS
                    (shrugs, then)
               I have no idea. How much do you want?

                           GITTES
               I want to know what you're worth -- 
               over ten million?

                           CROSS
               Oh, my, yes.

                           GITTES
               Then why are you doing it?  How much 
               better can you eat? What can you buy 
               that you can't already afford?

                           CROSS
                    (a long moment, then:)
               The future, Mr. Gittes -- the future. 
               Now where's the girl?... I want the 
               only daughter I have left... as you 
               found out, Evelyn was lost to me a 
               long time ago.

                           GITTES
                    (with sarcasm)
               Who do you blame for that? Her?

     Cross makes a funny little cock of his head.

                           CROSS
               I don't blame myself. You see, Mr. 
               Gittes, most people never have to 
               face the fact that at the right time 
               and right place, they're capable of 
               anything. Take those glasses from 
               him, will you, Claude?

     Mulvihill moves INTO VIEW. Extends his hand for the glasses. 
     Gittes doesn't move.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Chinatown                                  p. 135
     9-16-01                                                     


                           CROSS (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               It's not worth it, Mr. Gittes.  It's 
               really not worth it.

     Gittes hands over the glasses.

                           CROSS (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Take us to the girl. Either Evelyn 
               allows me to see her, or I'm not 
               averse to seeing Evelyn in jail -- 
               if I have to buy the jail -- Hollis 
               and Evelyn kept her from me for 
               fifteen years -- it's been too long, 
               I'm too old.

     EXT. CHINATOWN STREET - NIGHT

     The streets are crowded. Here and there one can see Chinese 
     in traditional dress.

     GITTES

     driving slowly -- spots Katherine with Ramon and luggage, 
     nearly lost in the crowd. They are walking toward a car parked 
     near a laundry truck.

     Gittes sees them, keeps driving.

                           CROSS
                    (suddenly)
               Stop the car. Stop the car!

     Mulvihill tries to clobber Gittes. Gittes elbows him.

     The car jumps the curb and hits a lamppost.

     EXT. STREET - CROSS

     LEAPS OUT OF THE CAR SHOUTING:

                           CROSS
               Katherine! Katherine! Wait!

     Gittes is after him, grabbing him. Cross tries to swing at 
     Gittes with his cane. Mulvihill comes up behind Gittes and 
     the three of them begin an awkward wrestling match,

     --the crowd scattering, Mulvihill pulling his revolver,

     Trying to hit Gittes on the side of the head. The three men 
     crash to the pavement.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     9-16-01                                                     


     CURLY

     starts out of the car toward Gittes. Gittes sees him.

                           GITTES
               No, Curly, get 'em out of here!
               Get 'em out of here!

     He bites Mulvihill's hand and furiously pounds it into the 
     sidewalk, shaking gun loose. Mulvihill and Gittes Try for it 
     but someone else has it.

     EVELYN

     Holds the gun. She's shaking but apparently in control of 
     herself.

     GITTES

     rises to his feet. Mulvihill starts to help Cross up.

                           EVELYN
               No, don't help him. Don't do anything.

     Mulvihill doesn't move. Cross rises on his own. Evelyn holds 
     the revolver on him.

                           EVELYN (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               -- she's gone. It's no good.

                           CROSS
               Where?

                           GITTES
                    (moving to Evelyn)
               Let me handle that.

                           EVELYN
                    (to Gittes)
               I'm all right.

                           GITTES
                    (she's not)
               Sure, but I'd like to handle it.

     Evelyn backs up as her father takes a step toward her.

                           CROSS
               You're going to have to kill me, 
               Evelyn. Either that or tell me where 
               she is.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     9-16-01                                                     


     Evelyn is backing up. Cross moving on her. Evelyn cocks the 
     pistol.

                           CROSS (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               How many years have I got?...  she's 
               mine too.

                           EVELYN
               -- she's never going to know that.

     There's the SOUND of a SIREN. Cross lunges toward her.

     Gittes grabs Cross.

     Duffy and Walsh are elbowing through the crowd.

     Gittes sees them.

                           GITTES
               Duffy -- go over and sit on Mulvihill.
                    (to Walsh)
               Jesus Christ, I didn't tell you to 
               bring the police department with 
               you.

                           WALSH
               Jake -- it's Chinatown. They're all 
               over-the place. You oughta know 
               better.

                           GITTES
                    (to Walsh, meaning 
                    Cross)
               Gimme your keys. Watch this old fart, 
               will you?
                    (moving to Evelyn)
               Take Duffy's car. Curly's boat's in 
               Pedro, near the Starkist cannery. 
               It's the Evening Star.  He'll be 
               waiting. I'll take care of this.

     She looks to Gittes. He looks at her. She turns and He looks 
     at her. She turns and Escobar is standing between her Escobar 
     is standing between her and it.

                           ESCOBAR
               Mrs. Mulwray, you don't want to run 
               around like that.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GITTES
               Oh, Christ. Escobar, you don't know 
               what's going on. Let her go.  I'll 
               explain it later.

                           ESCOBAR
               Mrs. Mulwray, it's a very serious 
               offense -- pointing that at an officer 
               of the law. It's a felony.

                           GITTES
               Let her go. She didn't kill anybody.

                           ESCOBAR
                    (starting toward her)
               I'm sorry, Mrs. Mulwray --

                           GITTES
               Lou, she will kill you -- let her go 
               for now. You don't know.

                           ESCOBAR
               Gittes, stay outta this.

     Escobar continues to move toward her. Gittes grabs him.

                           GITTES
                    (to Evelyn)
               Now take off.

     Evelyn gets in the car. She starts it. Gittes lets Escobar 
     go.

                           ESCOBAR
               I'll just have her followed -- she's 
               not going anywhere --

     There's a single GUNSHOT. Both men look surprised. Down the 
     block a uniformed officer has fired, standing beside his 
     double-parked car. Duffy's sedan slows to a stop in the middle 
     of the street. It jerks a couple of times, still in gear, 
     then comes to a halt.

     Gittes rushes to the car. He opens it. Evelyn falls out, 
     inert. Blood is pouring from her right eye.

                           GITTES
                    (yelling)
               No!

     He holds onto Evelyn as Escobar and others hurry up.

     Cross himself elbows through.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     9-16-01                                                     


                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing)
               Where is he? I'll kill him, I'll 
               kill the son of a bitch --

     Several officers contain Gittes.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; to Escobar)
               Who is he, get his name? I'll kill
               him --

                           ESCOBAR
                    (badly shaken)
               Take it easy, take it easy, it was 
               an accident --

                           GITTES
               An accident --

     Gittes looks down. What he sees horrifies him. Cross is on 
     the ground, holding Evelyn's body, crying.

                           GITTES (CONT'D)
               Get him away from her. He's 
               responsible for everything. Get him 
               away from her!

                           ESCOBAR
                    (stunned)
               Jake -- you're very disturbed.  You're 
               crazy. That's her father.

     Walsh and Duffy elbow through the crowd.

                           ESCOBAR (CONT'D)
                    (continuing; to them)
               You wanna do your partner the biggest 
               favor of his life? Take him home. 
               Just get him the hell out of here!

     Duffy bear hugs the protesting Gittes, along with Walsh, 
     literally dragging him away from the scene, with Gittes trying 
     to shake free. Through the crowd noises, Walsh can be heard 
     saying, "Forget it, Jake -- it's Chinatown."

                               THE END