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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}

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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$10,005,969
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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

Jake Berman (Harvey Keitel) was closely modelled after Robert Towne's father Lou. See more »

Goofs

In the courtroom scene (approx. 1:56 in) the DA's left lapel goes from folded under to out flat. See more »

Quotes

Jake Gittes: We're talkin' about oil here, right, Ty?
Tyrone Otley: Obviously. Mr. Rawley believes there's oil under the subdivision. He's endangering hundreds of lives drilling under those homes, with all the seismic activity. He's whipstocking! Someone has got to stop him!
Jake Gittes: Well, I can't do that, Ty. Nobody can. Guys like Rawley don't get arrested; they get streets named after them. In this type of situation, it's best just to leave it alone. Rawley's stealin' from Berman. It's a big thief stealin' from a little thief. ...
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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 »

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Don't Smoke In Bed
Written by Willard Robison
Sung by Peggy Lee
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Misunderstood triumph of film-making in the style of Polanski
29 January 2003 | by StereosteveSee all my reviews

Jack Nicholson's direction in the style of Roman Polanski is a triumph of film-making. For those of you who do not understand the power struggles that have existed in the Los Angeles area for nearly 100 years, it may seem like a stretch. But the character portrayals, the locations, and the situations are so true to form that it would scare most mortals away from living here if they really understood how accurate these character composites are. The struggle for land, water, money, and power have existed and continue to exist in the Southern California region. Do not ignore this movie ! Read about the San Francisquito Dam disaster in the 1920's and the land-power struggles north of Los Angeles and north of the San Fernando Valley and this movie will have more meaning (and humor) than you can imagine. If you live here, it's also a very good laugh.


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