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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:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barrio chino 2 See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The nickname of Julius Berman (Harvey Keitel) was "Jake", and the nickname of Michael Weisskopf (Rubén Blades) was "Mickey Nice". See more »

Goofs

The movie begins with a voice over & a close-up of a Leica III camera apparently being used to secretly taking pictures of a tryst. Hands are seen focusing the lens, snapping the pictures and advancing the film. The Leica III uses a retractable lens for better storage in a camera case. The lens shown has not been drawn out from its compact position & therefore would not have been able to focus properly to take pictures. See more »

Quotes

Jake Gittes: You can't trust a guy who's never lost anything.
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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

Edited from Chinatown (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

My Ideal
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Newell Chase
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Has real potential, but in the end, it's just too convoluted and long-winded
3 December 2006 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This sounded pretty good... Nicholson is mostly fun to watch, and I enjoyed Chinatown immensely(Towne returning to write this sequel was a treat, as well). I enjoyed it for a while, but not too far past the half-way point, I realized that it had run out of steam... the film kept rolling, but it no longer kept the viewers' attention. Jack Nicholson is no director, and it shows... while he is a skilled actor, he should stay in front of the camera instead of trying his hand behind it. The cinematography is close, but doesn't quite make it to being good... we have shots that linger, and wasted opportunities aplenty. Polanski's loose, involving camera is sorely missed here. The pacing is also off... the film ends up seeming heavy as a result. The writing is quite good. The acting varies, but is mostly on the positive end. The tone isn't entirely sure what it wants to be, but does create some great "noir" moments. Jake's monologues are occasionally spot-on. The mystery varied some... parts of it, I had figured out before the lead, whereas others only became clear to me just as they were revealed. This is a hit and miss scenario... and unfortunately, it misses more than it hits. This is worth watching as a continuation of Chinatown for those that want more of the plot, and can compromise with the drop in style and finesse of the film-making values. I recommend this to big fans of Jack Nicholson and those interested in seeing what occurred after the events of Chinatown. 6/10


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