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The Two Jakes (1990)

The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds J.J. "Jake" Gittes investigating adultery and murder, and the money that comes from oil.

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Storyline

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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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,729,149, 12 August 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,005,969
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Trivia

The make and model of the car that J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) drives the most in the movie, is a gray 1948 or 1949 Hudson Brougham Super Convertible, though it has been speculated on the IMCDB that the vehicle may be a 1950 model, which would make it anachronistic, as the picture is set in 1948. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jake Gittes: You can follow the action, which gets you good pictures. You can follow your instincts, which'll probably get you in trouble. Or, you can follow the money, which nine times out of ten will get you closer to the truth.
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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 sequel to 1974's Chinatown,lacking the same spark and imagination
12 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

this movie is the sequel to 1974's Chinatown.Jack Nicholson directed this film and stars again as Jake Gittes.Robert Towne wrote the script and the movie is based on characters created by him.it is hard not to compare this movie to its predecessor and comparisons are inevitable.so here goes.First off this movie plods along at a snail's pace.there doesn't seem to be a clear direction.Also,Gittes seems less likable this time around.the surrounding characters seem to lack any real imagination,as do the situations.put simply,there is no spark.and the femme fatalle angle,which worked so well in the original,doesn't work here.but then who could fill the shoes of the mega star charismatic actress Faye Dunnaway?no-one.so,the femme in this case is less fatalle.the script is also lacking in imagination,giving the director(Nicholson)less to work with.you will be bored nearly to tears here.a disappointing followup to Chinatown.,as a stand alone film,however-also disappointing.this movie is not quite awful,but not quite good either.not recommended. 3/10


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