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The Two Jakes (1990)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  10 August 1990 (USA)
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The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds Jake Gittes investigating adultery and murder... and the money that comes from oil.

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After the war, L.A. private eye Jake Gittes is hired by realtor Jake Berman. He proves the infidelity of Berman's wife Kitty and sets up a way for her to be caught in the act. At the rendezvous, Berman shoots the co-respondent who turns out to be his business partner. Gittes finds himself in the middle of a complicated web, under pressure from all sides for a wire recording of the fatal encounter. He then realises that the land the partners were developing was once an orange grove connected with a case he has never quite got over. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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They say money makes the world go round. But sex was invented before money.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Barrio chino 2  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,005,969 (USA)
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One of two 1990 sequels from Paramount Pictures to three 1970s film classics from that studio. This movie was a follow-up to Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974) whereas the other film, The Godfather: Part III (1990), was, after The Godfather: Part II (1974), Francis Ford Coppola's second sequel to The Godfather (1972). Ironically, actor Eli Wallach appeared in both 1990 Paramount sequels. See more »

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In the courtroom scene (approx. 1:56 in) the DA's left lapel goes from folded under to out flat. See more »

Quotes

Francis Hannah: Isn't it a fact, Mr. Gittes, that you're out on bail, having been arrested at the Green Parrot Bar & Grill?
Cotton Weinberger: Wait a minute. Your Honor, the witness has been CHARGED, not convicted.
Judge Alexander K. Dettmer: What's the charge?
Francis Hannah: The charge?
Judge Alexander K. Dettmer: YES. The charge.
Francis Hannah: Well, that, uh, Mr. Gittes was fondling... the private parts of a vice officer in the Men's Room of the Green Parrot Bar & Grill.
[gasps and laughter fill the court room]
Cotton Weinberger: Objection, Your Honor.
Judge Alexander K. Dettmer: I'm with you, Mr. Weinberger. I have NO idea what you thought you could do ...
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Haunted Heart
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Words by Howard Dietz
Sung by Jo Stafford
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One Word Describes It Best: Convoluted
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a "sequel" to "Chinatown," I had high expectations of this film. I even gave it two looks - one on VHS and then one a few years later on DVD - because I wanted so much to like it....but it stunk each time. What a waste of money.

The only thing going for it is the beautiful film-work and the great 1940s atmosphere, as "Chinatown" had some 16 years earlier when that film came out. (Kind of long wait for a sequel, anyway, don't you think?)

If ever a movie could be called "convoluted," it's this one. It made Chinatown as simple as "Bambi." Even the mainline critics all agreed this was incoherent in its storytelling. It's less confusing, but not much, if you know the characters from Chinatown since there are references to "Kathryn Mulray." However, it's just too frustrating to watch and try to follow what's going on.

I know lots of people who loved "Chinatown" but not one who likes this film.


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