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Set more than a decade after the story in Chinatown, this 1990 sequel brings Jack Nicholson back to the screen as L.A. private detective Jake Gittes. Older, fatter, worn, and frustrated, the Jake of 1948 is still haunted by the tragic events of the earlier film. While investigating a case involving adultery and questionable land dealings by an L.A. tycoon (Harvey Keitel as the other Jake), Gittes unexpectedly confronts a few old ghosts and discovers that the resource of choice in Southern California--one for which people die--is no longer water but oil. The film had a notorious production history, with Nicholson taking over the project from writer-director Robert Towne, and the dense plot can be difficult to follow. But if The Two Jakes doesn't measure up to the legendary status of its stylish predecessor, the film does satisfy on its own terms and brings the events of Chinatown to a moving conclusion. Terrific work by Keitel and supporting players Meg Tilly, Madeleine Stowe, Eli Wallach, and Ruben Blades. --Tom Keogh
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this film and stars again as Jake Gittes.Robert Towne wrote the script
and the movie is based on characters created by him.it is hard not to
compare this movie to its predecessor and comparisons are inevitable.so
here goes.First off this movie plods along at a snail's pace.there
doesn't seem to be a clear direction.Also,Gittes seems less likable
this time around.the surrounding characters seem to lack any real
imagination,as do the situations.put simply,there is no spark.and the
femme fatalle angle,which worked so well in the original,doesn't work
here.but then who could fill the shoes of the mega star charismatic
actress Faye Dunnaway?no-one.so,the femme in this case is less
fatalle.the script is also lacking in imagination,giving the
director(Nicholson)less to work with.you will be bored nearly to tears
here.a disappointing followup to Chinatown.,as a stand alone
film,however-also disappointing.this movie is not quite awful,but not
quite good either.not recommended. 2/5
From the smoke ring filled opening with Peggy Lee's "Don't Smoke in Bed" to Jo Stafford's "Haunted Heart" at the end Nicholson frames the colorful orange and blues of 1948 Los Angeles against the darker internal memories of the past. Gittes is a successful P.I. who works on divorce cases and plays golf. L.A. County is filled with orange groves created by the water so sought after in "Chinatown". But Gittes is about to learn you can never really forget the past.
Los Angeles of 1948 is booming with housing going up everywhere. But just as in "Chinatown" nothing is ever enough. Oil is the new 'water' and some people will even kill for it. Harvey Keitel is great as the 'other' Jake and Perry Lopez is on hand once more as Gittes old 'pal' Lou Escobar. Some of the best exchanges in the film are between these two. Rueben Blades and Frederick Forest give nice support as does Richard Farnsworth as weathered oilman Earl Rawley.
Madeline Stowe nearly steals the show as the outwardly prim and proper but inwardly frustrated (You're gonna make me aren't you) nymph Lillian Bodine. But it is Jake's meeting with the softly beautiful and vulnerable wife of the 'other' Jake that triggers something. Meg Tilly is terrific as Kitty Berman and Gittes can't quite understands why she gets him thinking about the past until he revisits it himself in the form of Kahn (James Hong), the Mulray's former servant. There is something about the flowers....Read more ›
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I held off buying this sequel to Chinatown because of the price mainly.
When the price point lowered I bought it.
I had not seen this movie in a long while. Read more
La suite du chef d'œuvre de Polansky (Chinatown) par Nicholson.
Je suis un fan du genre neo noir Américain. À voir ou à revoir.
i never understood why CHINATOWN
was considered a classic but
for any actor to act the main role
and direct in the same movie
it is not a small acheivement... Read more
This is a nice sequel to Chinatown. It is written by Robert Towne, the writer of Chinatown. Where Chinatown is pre-war Los Angeles and surrounds water resources and development... Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by Gregory Olsen
THE TWO JAKES is a good follow-up to CHINATOWN. The Characters and sets really make this movie. The story is just average but the period details are very good. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by hille2000
This sequel to Chinatown must be one of the most disappointing films I have ever seen. It is badly written, badly directed (by star Jack Nicholson), and contains bland performances... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by Jamie Cooper
I'm sorry to be so out of step with most other reviewers here but this movie is simply awful. The screenplay is sub-standard, the story is unnecessarily convoluted, and even the... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Joline C. Albaugh
This is no comparison to CHINATOWN. But it was massacred by the critics, and a flop at the box office, so that I only reluctantly watched it on TV after reading a suprisingly... Read morePublished on April 22 2001
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