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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Gittes
... Jake Berman
... Kitty Berman
... Lillian Bodine
... Cotton Weinberger
... Mickey Nice
... Newty
... Loach
... Earl Rawley
... Tyrone Otley
... Walsh
... Kahn
... Captain Escobar
Jeff Morris ... Tilton
... Gladys
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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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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

Dennis Hopper and Joe Pesci were considered for the role of Jake Berman. See more »

Goofs

On the homes under construction in the B&B subdivision, the mottled texture of the sheathing indicates it to be Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and not plywood. OSB did not appear in construction until the Late 1970s and early 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Jake Gittes: Most cops' ethics are like the car they drive... black and white.
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Soundtracks

Don't Smoke In Bed
Written by Willard Robison
Sung by Peggy Lee
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Adequate Sequel to "Chinatown"
4 November 2000 | by 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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