Of course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.
Noah Cross in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, played by John Huston and written by Robert Towne
Each time I rewatch Chinatown I fall more in love with it.
Jake Gittes: How much are you worth?
Noah Cross: I have no idea. How much do you want?
Gittes: I just wanna know what you’re worth. More than 10 million?
Cross: Oh my, yes!
Gittes: Then why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What could you buy that you can’t already afford?
Cross: The future, Mr. Gittes! The future!