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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.


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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mickey Nice (Rubén Blades) was based on the 1940s Los Angeles crime boss Mickey Cohen. A year after this movie was made, Harvey Keitel (Jake Berman) played Mickey Cohen in Bugsy (1991) (for which Keitel received is only Oscar nomination). The violent takeover of Cohen's racket by a corrupt police Captain was the focus of the film [Link=tt0119488]. See more »

Goofs

The stamp on the letter wasn't issued until 1949. See more »

Quotes

Jake Gittes: I'm used to seein' the intimate details of people's lives, but lookin' at a guy's x-rays is as intimate as it gets. It's the kind of thing most guys don't even tell their wives about.
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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 »

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Haunted Heart
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Words by Howard Dietz
Sung by Jo Stafford
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It's not the classic Chinatown is, but it's a very good movie.
17 August 2005 | by gottogorunningSee all my reviews

Most reviews pull The Two Jakes to pieces, except for a very well-considered one by Roger Ebert (find it at the Chicago Sun-Times).

Of course, it's not the classic Chinatown is, but it's a damned good movie. It's about the past, how it pervades our lives for the rest of our days, and how we assimilate it into our futures.

Many have complained that the film is convoluted, that when the key revelation comes (I ain't givin' that away) you miss the impact of it. I strongly disagree with this. I for one had actually figured out the revelation before it happened - this didn't bother me because I wanted so much for it to be what I had thought it was going to be. And when it comes, it's so subtle you could almost be forgiven for missing it. It's lovely, so comforting in a very ironic way.

All I'll say is, pay attention to the scene where Jake (Nicholson) goes to see Kahn (the unmistakable James Hong). Something about the flowers...

Anyway, I'm drifting. The Two Jakes is subtle, well-crafted, and when all is revealed, so very simple. The 'convoluted' events in the plot serve to illustrate what a single, simple desire can cause.

Just watch it. Bear in mind the events and characters from Chinatown, but only so that you have a back story for these characters and not a standard to which they should be compared.


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