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The Two Jakes (1990)

R  |   |  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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Cotton Weinberger
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Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf
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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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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,005,969 (USA)
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Most of the lead cast have starred in other 'film noir' movies. Meg Tilly was in Masquerade (1988), Madeleine Stowe was later in China Moon (1994), Frederic Forrest was in Hammett (1982), Harvey Keitel was in Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976) and later in Pulp Fiction (1994) whilst Jack Nicholson was in Chinatown (1974), Blood and Wine (1996) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981). See more »

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A frightened Det. Lt. Loach relieves himself on the floor of the police room with his trousers on. In all subsequent shots his trousers are dry. See more »

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Jake Gittes: We're talkin' about oil here, right, Ty?
Tyrone Otley: Obviously. Mr. Rawley believes there's oil under the subdivision. He's endangering hundreds of lives drilling under those homes, with all the seismic activity. He's whipstocking! Someone has got to stop him!
Jake Gittes: Well, I can't do that, Ty. Nobody can. Guys like Rawley don't get arrested; they get streets named after them. In this type of situation, it's best just to leave it alone. Rawley's stealin' from Berman. It's a big thief stealin' from a little thief. ...
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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 (Canada) – 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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