The Two Jakes (1990)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds J.J. "Jake" Gittes investigating adultery and murder, and the money that comes from oil.



  • Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes (1990)
  • Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes (1990)
  • Jack Nicholson and Vilmos Zsigmond in The Two Jakes (1990)
  • Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes (1990)
  • Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes (1990)
  • Harvey Keitel and Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes (1990)

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29 January 2003 | Stereosteve
Misunderstood triumph of film-making in the style of Polanski
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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