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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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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,005,969 (USA)
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Principal Cast Billing: Jack Nicholson plays a character, Jake Gittes, reprized from his earlier film Chinatown (1974), with a first name similar to his own. See more »

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The movie begins with a voice over & a close-up of a Leica III camera apparently being used to secretly taking pictures of a tryst. Hands are seen focusing the lens, snapping the pictures and advancing the film. The Leica III uses a retractable lens for better storage in a camera case. The lens shown has not been drawn out from its compact position & therefore would not have been able to focus properly to take pictures. See more »

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Jake Gittes: I'm trying to be a gentleman here. Now, get on your knees, put your ass in the air, and don't move until I say to.
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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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A wonderful film that had the misfortune of being a sequel to a classic film.
28 October 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Most reviews pull The Two Jakes to pieces, except for a very well-considered one by Roger Ebert (find it at the Chicago Sun-Times).

Of course, it's not the classic Chinatown is, but it's a damned good movie. It's about the past, how it pervades our lives for the rest of our days, and how we assimilate it into our futures.

Many have complained that the film is convoluted, that when the key revelation comes (I ain't givin' that away) you miss the impact of it. I strongly disagree with this. I for one had actually figured out the revelation before it happened - this didn't bother me because I wanted so much for it to be what I had thought it was going to be. And when it comes, it's so subtle you could almost be forgiven for missing it. It's lovely, so comforting in a very ironic way.

All I'll say is, pay attention to the scene where Jake (Nicholson) goes to see Kahn (the unmistakable James Hong). Something about the flowers...

Anyway, I'm drifting. The Two Jakes is subtle, well-crafted, and when all is revealed, so very simple. The 'convoluted' events in the plot serve to illustrate what a single, simple desire can cause.

Just watch it. Bear in mind the events and characters from Chinatown, but only so that you have a backstory for these characters and not a standard to which they should be compared.

"It never goes away..."


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