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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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Cinikus hekus  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,005,969 (USA)
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Principal Cast Billing: Jack Nicholson was top first billed, Harvey Keitel received second billing and Meg Tilly was billed third. See more »

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The .38 Smith & Wesson revolver Berman used to kill Bodine wasn't available until 1950. The film is set in 1948. See more »

Quotes

Jake Gittes: The problem with you, kid, is you don't know who you're kiddin'.
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My Ideal
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Music by Richard A. Whiting and Newell Chase
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Has real potential, but in the end, it's just too convoluted and long-winded
3 December 2006 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This sounded pretty good... Nicholson is mostly fun to watch, and I enjoyed Chinatown immensely(Towne returning to write this sequel was a treat, as well). I enjoyed it for a while, but not too far past the half-way point, I realized that it had run out of steam... the film kept rolling, but it no longer kept the viewers' attention. Jack Nicholson is no director, and it shows... while he is a skilled actor, he should stay in front of the camera instead of trying his hand behind it. The cinematography is close, but doesn't quite make it to being good... we have shots that linger, and wasted opportunities aplenty. Polanski's loose, involving camera is sorely missed here. The pacing is also off... the film ends up seeming heavy as a result. The writing is quite good. The acting varies, but is mostly on the positive end. The tone isn't entirely sure what it wants to be, but does create some great "noir" moments. Jake's monologues are occasionally spot-on. The mystery varied some... parts of it, I had figured out before the lead, whereas others only became clear to me just as they were revealed. This is a hit and miss scenario... and unfortunately, it misses more than it hits. This is worth watching as a continuation of Chinatown for those that want more of the plot, and can compromise with the drop in style and finesse of the film-making values. I recommend this to big fans of Jack Nicholson and those interested in seeing what occurred after the events of Chinatown. 6/10


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