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}

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


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Trivia

Producer Robert Evans was hoping to play the second Jake. Writer Robert Towne (who had hoped to direct the film) didn't think that Evans was up to the job, and fired him, and Jack Nicholson became the director. This film was the second in a planned trilogy of films. See more »

Goofs

Weinberger is wearing a modern pair of eyeglasses. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jake Gittes: I suppose it's fair to say infidelity made me what I am today.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Haunted Heart
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Words by Howard Dietz
Sung by Jo Stafford
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The Two Jakes Review
12 January 2021 | by pedroborges-90881See all my reviews

The Cinematography evokes some of the original film, but the story is very weak.

It's a cool trivia that Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino returned to one of their most famous roles 16 years later, both films from the same studio and both co starred by Eli Wallach.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Jakes See more »

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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

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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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