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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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J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson)'s fee per day plus any expenses is never disclosed. See more »

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The stamp on the letter wasn't issued until 1949. See more »

Quotes

Walsh: Does that mean he wants you to prove your own client is guilty of murder?
Jake Gittes: Yeah.
Walsh: Well, 's that ethical?
Jake Gittes: Larry, he's a lawyer.
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Referenced in Chinatown: Filming (2007) See more »

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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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Adequate Sequel to "Chinatown"
4 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Two Jakes" is the sequel to "Chinatown", a film that really did not need another chapter. However, with that said this is an above average film that works most of the time. Jack Nicholson returns and is sucked into another web of deception and corruption. He is hired by Harvey Keitel to follow his two-timing wife (a very sexy Madeleine Stowe). Just like before, the more Nicholson learns about his case, the stranger and more complicated it becomes. Everything will lead to fireworks which involves a housing development and oil-drilling in the Los Angeles area. Like "Chinatown", "The Two Jakes" is multi-layered and somewhat confusing at times. It will likely take multiple viewings to get the full effect of this film if you are unable to get it on the first try. Robert Towne's screenplay is smart, but Nicholson's direction lacks the creativity and overall brilliance of Roman Polanski's. Meg Tilly is adequate in the film. Ruben Blades and Richard Farnsworth both do good work, but overall nothing in this film can match what was accomplished 16 years earlier with its predecessor. 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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