The Two Jakes

The Two Jakes

Downloadable Video - 1990
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Jack Nicholson returns as private eye Jake Gittes in this atmospheric Chinatown follow-up that's hit upon "the elusive sequel formula for somehow enhancing a great original" (Mike Clark, USA Today).Much has changed since we last saw Jake. The war has come and gone; 1948 Los Angeles teems with optimism and fast bucks. But there's one thing Jake knows hasn't changed: "Nine times out of ten, if you follow the money you will get to the truth." And that's the trail he follows when a routine case of marital hanky panky explodes into a murder that's tied to a grab for oil--and to Jake's own past.
Publisher: [United States]: Paramount , 1990
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 137 min.)) : sd., col
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Jun 16, 2016

It is blasphemy (and just plain inaccurate) to like this better than "Chinatown." Jack Nicholson revisits ones of his most famous roles and tries to recapture the brilliance of "Chinatown." Along with Nicholson, writer Robert Towne and producer Robert Evans return. The cast is solid (Harvey Keitel is the second Jake) and the film is impressively shot by the great Vilmos Zsigmond, but it's labored rather than intricate and the plot, while aiming for the labyrinthine quality of "Chinatown," is just messy. Look for Tom Waits in a bit part as a cop. 1990 saw the release of two other sequels to classic 70s movies, "The Godfather III" and "Texasville," which was the sequel to "Last Picture Show." The DVD includes an interview with Nicholson, who also directed.

lasertravis Jun 23, 2013

Good neo-noir. I liked it better than Chinatown (cinema blasphemy?). It worked for me just as well, but with a more crisp storyline and better pacing. The dialogue was good. Great cast. Jack fell right back in to the role like there weren't almost 20 years gone by between films. If you liked Chinatown or like neo-noir flicks, this is a must see.


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