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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

When the film was originally conceived in the mid 1980s, Cathy Moriarty was set to star opposite Jack Nicholson. However, repeated production delays and Moriarty's physical and emotional rehabilitation following a devastating automobile accident ultimately cost her the part. See more »

Goofs

When Jake Gittes pulls into the parking lot of his office building, he passes by two modern street signs -- a modern RxR railroad crossing sign, and a sign featuring the 'L' logo of Lions Club International. The Lions Club sign would have been placed on the street to acknowledge their contribution to the Adopt-A-Highway program, which was not started until the 1980s. You can also see two sheet metal buildings in the back of the lot, which are of a 1970's design. See more »

Quotes

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.
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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 The Simpsons: Kill the Alligator and Run (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Haunted Heart
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Words by Howard Dietz
Sung by Jo Stafford
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User Reviews

a worthwhile sequel that came too late
21 October 2001 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Jack Nicholson is certainly one of the greatest actors of this or any generation. Chinatown is perhaps his greatest film and he certainly should have won an Oscar for it. Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe certainly have nothing on his Jake Gittes! The only problem with this sequel is that it came out many years too late. I read that Robert Evans originally wanted to make it in the 1980s but legal problems held it up. The Two Jakes was pretty much ignored at the box office and got some awfully bad reviews. I could not understand why because I thoroughly enjoyed it. So many films that come out are geared towards kids and make you feel like a kid again when you see them. Thats okay, but this film made me feel like an adult seeing it. The film is as good as Chinatown in so many ways. I love the props and the ambiance of the 1940s that they use. Jack did a great job directing this film and he deserves a lot more credit.


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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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