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The Two Jakes

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The Two Jakes is the much-delayed and rather convoluted sequel to the 1975 classic Chinatown. Released in 1990 after an abortive stab at shooting that began in the mid-'80s, the film was the subject of a creative feud between its principals, star Jack Nicholson, producer Robert Evans, and screenwriter Robert Towne. Private eye Jake Gittes Jack Nicholson is a middle-aged war hero, paunchy, snobbish about his golf game, and about to marry a lovely and much younger woman. Then a fleeting reference to a woman he once...
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The Two Jakes is the much-delayed and rather convoluted sequel to the 1975 classic Chinatown. Released in 1990 after an abortive stab at shooting that began in the mid-'80s, the film was the subject of a creative feud between its principals, star Jack Nicholson, producer Robert Evans, and screenwriter Robert Towne. Private eye Jake Gittes Jack Nicholson is a middle-aged war hero, paunchy, snobbish about his golf game, and about to marry a lovely and much younger woman. Then a fleeting reference to a woman he once loved that he heard on a wire recording plunges him into a past he has tried to escape. It comes while he was spying on a philandering wife Meg Tilly and her paramour in her motel room for her husband, Jake Berman Harvey Keitel. Then Berman shocks Gittes when he shoots his wife's lover. Gittes is doubly stunned when he learns that Berman was partners with the dead man in a subdivision that may contain huge oil deposits. So now Gittes wonders, was it justifiable homicide or murder? The answer lies in the wife Madeleine Stowe of the dead man, her shady oil baron friend Richard Farnsworth, and in the past he has tried to avoid. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr.
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Special Features

cc Featurette: Jack on Jakes Theatrical trailer
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The battles between the extraordinary screenwriter Robert Towne and the equally brilliant director Roman Polanski over Chinatown are legendary and best documented by Peter Biskind's wonderful book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. The Two Jakes is the kind of movie that Chinatown might have been, had those battles not occurred. It's a fascinating movie, a sequel to Chinatown that puts Towne's brilliant dialogue and prodigious research abilities on full display. It's also overlong and slackly paced. This is probably because star Jack Nicholson is no Polanski. He lacks the latter's ability to delve incisively into Towne's sprawling screenplay, giving The Two Jakes an unfocused feel. Directing the movie also put a strain on Nicholson's acting. He put on 40 pounds for the role to help convey one of the movie's themes, the sluggishness of middle age, but whose idea was it that he tramp through much of the movie with a big blocky gray hat and dark sunglasses? He looks like a stooge. Still, the movie has some rich compensations. Nicholson and director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond fill The Two Jakes with the amber tones of the setting sun, suggesting the antiquity of the late '40s and the echo of painful memories. The movie is a meditation on middle age, suffused with regrets and dying ideals, and it has some of the best writing Towne has ever done. You can really enjoy it for that, if you have the patience to sit through it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • UPC: 097361309743
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:17:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Jake Gittes
Harvey Keitel Jake Berman
Meg Tilly Kitty Berman
Madeleine Stowe Lillian Bodine
Eli Wallach Cotton Weinberger
Ruben Blades Mickey Nice
Frederic Forrest Chuck Newty
David Keith Loach
Richard Farnsworth Earl Rawley
Tracey Walter Tyrone Otley
Joe Mantell Lawrence Walsh
James Hong Kahn
Jeff Morris Tilton
Rebecca Broussard Gladys
Paul A. DiCocco Jr.
Allan Warnick Rippey
Susan Forristal Delores
Will Tynan Judge Dettmer
Van Dyke Parks Francis Hannah
William Duffy Desk Sergeant
Sue Carlton Mattie Rowley
Jonathan Hackett
Rosie Vela
Perry Lopez Capt. Lou Escobar
Don McGovern Bartender
Luana Anders Florist
Dean Hill Cop with Parrot
John Herman Shaner Saul
Michael Shaner Benny
Lee Weaver Caddy #1
Randi Ingerman Lana
Bob George Bar Maitre d'
Jessica Z. Diamond Receptionist
Tom Waits Plainclothes Policeman
Faye Dunaway Voice Only
Technical Credits
Jack Nicholson Director
Robert Evans Producer
Wayne A. Finkelman Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Finkelstein Associate Producer
Anne Goursaud Editor
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Van Dyke Parks Score Composer
Jeremy Railton Production Designer
Richard Sawyer Production Designer
Harold Schneider Producer
Richard Schreiber Art Director
Robert Towne Screenwriter
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Two Jakes
1. The Bird Of Paradise Hotel [:19]
2. Mrs. Bondine [3:53]
3. El Rancho San Fernando [8:43]
4. Prisoner Of the Past [8:41]
5. The Berman Wire Recording [7:00]
6. Follow The Money [1:32]
7. Notary Public [8:16]
8. Mr. Rawley [1:24]
9. Green Parrot Bar And Grill [7:22]
10. Bay City Linen [2:18]
11. Katherine Mulwray [6:15]
12. Public Hearing [7:39]
13. The Truth [3:57]
14. End Credits [7:40]
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Disc #1 -- The Two Jakes
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      Subtitle Options
         English
         Español
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         Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Jack On Jakes
      Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selection
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