The Two Jakes (1990)
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.
Jake Berman: You know something, Jake, you might think you know what's going on around here but... you don't.
Jake Gittes: What I do for a living may not be very reputable. But I am. In this town I'm the leper with the most fingers.
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.
Khan: You are very successful.
Jake Gittes: Oh, I can't complain.
Khan: Does that mean you are happy?
Jake Gittes: Who can answer that question off the top of their head?
Khan: Anyone who's happy.
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.
Jake Gittes: I wouldn't extort a nickel from my worst enemy. That's where I draw the line.
Loach Jr.: Well, I'll tell you, Jake. I knew a whore once. For the right amount of money, she'd piss in a guy's face. But she wouldn't shit on his chest. You see, that's where she drew the line.
Jake Gittes: Well, Junior, all I can say is: I hope she wasn't too much of a disappointment to you.
Jake Gittes: The problem with you, kid, is you don't know who you're kiddin'.
Captain Lou Escobar: How do you know he didn't have the gun with him?
Jake Gittes: Oh, I'd never frisk him before I let him walk in on his wife hanging on the headboard while some guy was slammin' her into the wall, Lou!
Kitty Berman: Does it ever go away?
Jake Gittes: What's that?
Kitty Berman: The past.
Jake Gittes: I think you have to work real hard on that one.
Jake Gittes: Katherine?
[she turns to look at him]
Jake Gittes: It never goes away.
Jake Berman: Where were we?
Jake Gittes: Well, I was accusing you of murder, Mr. Berman.
Jake Berman: Call me Jake.
Jake Gittes: [looking at photos of mystery blonde] Did you follow her?
Ralph Tilton: What for? You told me to follow Berman.
Jake Gittes: Berman had a 2 o'clock appointment at his lawyer's, Ralph. You don't follow somebody when you know where they're goin'!
Ralph Tilton: But you said STAY WITH Berman!
Jake Gittes: [disgusted] Who the FUCK is this woman?
Ralph Tilton: Who's THAT woman?
Earl Rawley: Without my oil, you got no automobiles. Without automobiles, you got no road construction, no sidewalks, no city lights, no gas stations, no automotive service, and no Berman subdivision stuck out in the tules, because nobody can get there. Then Mr. Berman's out of business, before he even gets in business. The name of the game is oil, John.
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. Who are we to quarrel?
Jake Gittes: What business you got with Jake Berman?
Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf: Jake Berman is 100% legitimate.
Jake Gittes: What do you call legitimate?
Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf: I can tell YOU what I DON'T consider legitimate.
Jake Gittes: Must be a short list.
Michael 'Mickey Nice' Weisskopf: Blackmail.
Loach Jr.: Come on, Gittes. There you were, consorting with a known hoodlum under grand jury investigation... and known to be friendly with your client, Jake Berman.
Jake Gittes: So, what?
Loach Jr.: So, either you were doing business with Mickey, or, uh...
Jake Gittes: Or what?
Plainclothes Policeman: We got a vice officer who swears you approached him and fondled his privates in the men's room.
[Loach breaks out laughing]
Jake Gittes: [to Policeman] How was it for you?
Francis Hannah: Isn't it a fact, Mr. Gittes, that you're out on bail, having been arrested at the Green Parrot Bar & Grill?
Cotton Weinberger: Wait a minute. Your Honor, the witness has been CHARGED, not convicted.
Judge Alexander K. Dettmer: What's the charge?
Francis Hannah: The charge?
Judge Alexander K. Dettmer: YES. The charge.
Francis Hannah: Well, that, uh, Mr. Gittes was fondling... the private parts of a vice officer in the Men's Room of the Green Parrot Bar & Grill.
[gasps and laughter fill the court room]
Cotton Weinberger: Objection, Your Honor.
Judge Alexander K. Dettmer: I'm with you, Mr. Weinberger. I have NO idea what you thought you could do with this kind of evidence, Mr. Hannah. It certainly has no place in MY court room. Do yourself a favor. The next time, you be sure you've got a case. That's about it for this hearing.
Jake Berman: Yeah, I'll gonna have more lawsuits than Carter has liver pills.
Jake Gittes: [narrating] the city's different at night: the air smells better, it's harder to see that the oil rigs outnumber the palm tress; it's almost like the good old days, at least the way I'd like to remember them. But stay in this business long enough and every street leads to a place you'd like to forget, every case brings back memories of what you should have done & what might have been, and every skirt reminds you of another woman... or, if you've got it bad enough, the same woman.