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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 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.


Certificate:

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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

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: [looking at photos of mystery blonde] Did you follow her?
Ralph Tilton: What for? You told me to follow Berman.
Jake Gittes: Berman had a 2 o'clock appointment at his lawyer's, Ralph. You don't follow somebody when you know where they're goin'!
Ralph Tilton: But you said STAY WITH Berman!
Jake Gittes: [disgusted] Who the FUCK is this woman?
Ralph Tilton: Who's THAT woman?
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Alternate Versions

For the 2007 DVD release, had some of the narration and the music cues removed. He also supervised a color correction. See more »


Soundtracks

My Ideal
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Newell Chase
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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One Word Describes It Best: Convoluted
6 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Being a "sequel" to "Chinatown," I had high expectations of this film. I even gave it two looks - one on VHS and then one a few years later on DVD - because I wanted so much to like it....but it stunk each time. What a waste of money.

The only thing going for it is the beautiful film-work and the great 1940s atmosphere, as "Chinatown" had some 16 years earlier when that film came out. (Kind of long wait for a sequel, anyway, don't you think?)

If ever a movie could be called "convoluted," it's this one. It made Chinatown as simple as "Bambi." Even the mainline critics all agreed this was incoherent in its storytelling. It's less confusing, but not much, if you know the characters from Chinatown since there are references to "Kathryn Mulray." However, it's just too frustrating to watch and try to follow what's going on.

I know lots of people who loved "Chinatown" but not one who likes this film.


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