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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

This film's failure meant that Robert Towne's third film never got made. However, the premise (public transportation and the freeway system) had already been used for Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). See more »

Goofs

A frightened Det. Lt. Loach wets himself on the floor of the police room with his trousers on. In all subsequent shots his trousers are dry. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Berman: Does it ever go away?
Jake Gittes: What's that?
Kitty Berman: The past.
Jake Gittes: Well, I think you have to work real hard at that.
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Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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My Ideal
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Music by Richard A. Whiting and Newell Chase
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Nicholson and writer Robert Towne revisit old haunts...
29 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Long-delayed follow-up (of sorts) to 1974's "Chinatown", which was directed by Roman Polanski and featured Jack Nicholson as 1930s private detective J.J. Gittes. "The Two Jakes" was written by returning screenwriter Robert Towne and directed by Nicholson himself, who also stars, but--despite a certain patchy swagger and style--it's a let-down for admirers of the previous film, and a yawner to latter-day Nicholson fans who might be expecting some combative, belligerent fireworks. Jack's gumshoe delves into an infidelity scandal which quickly leads to dirty doings in the oil business (it was water the first time). Confusing and deadly slow, with the irritating, gravel-voiced narration by Nicholson failing to supply the proper mood. There are a few arty camera set-ups and good players in the cast (including Meg Tilly, Harvey Keitel, Eli Wallach, and a nice 'bit' by Faye Dunaway), but it fails to intrigue even on a nostalgic level. * from ****


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