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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.

Director:

Jack Nicholson

Writers:

Robert Towne (characters), Robert Towne

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Jake Gittes
Harvey Keitel ... Jake Berman
Meg Tilly ... Kitty Berman
Madeleine Stowe ... Lillian Bodine
Eli Wallach ... Cotton Weinberger
Rubén Blades ... Mickey Nice
Frederic Forrest ... Newty
David Keith ... Loach
Richard Farnsworth ... Earl Rawley
Tracey Walter ... Tyrone Otley
Joe Mantell ... Walsh
James Hong ... Kahn
Perry Lopez ... Captain Escobar
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Tilton
Rebecca Broussard ... Gladys
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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 that he has never quite gotten over. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They say money makes the world go round. But sex was invented before money.


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Harvey Keitel and Jack Nicholson appeared in The Border (1982). See more »

Goofs

During Jakes final visit to the model home a blue 1940 Plymouth can be seen by the curb, with the top, trunk and hood totally covered in rust. As the film was set in the late 1940s, the car would have been less than a decade old and could not have had so much rust.. See more »

Quotes

Jake Berman: You know something, Jake, you might think you know what's going on around here, but... you don't.
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Alternate Versions

For the 2007 DVD release, Jack Nicholson had some of the narration and the music cues removed. He also supervised a color correction. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Granada Reports: 12 May 2020: Evening Bulletin (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Smoke In Bed
Written by Willard Robison
Sung by Peggy Lee
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User Reviews

Adequate Sequel to "Chinatown"
4 November 2000 | by tfrizzellSee 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,729,149, 12 August 1990

Gross USA:

$10,005,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,005,969
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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