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Two Jakes [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000022TTD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,841 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By G Griffiths on 9 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
Jack Nicholson stars in this sequel to Roman Polanksi's 1974 classic 'Chinatown'. Unlike most sequels, this not only carries on the plot, but develops the lives of the characters. Initially, writer Robert Towne wrote 'Chinatown' and 'The Two Jakes' as part of a trilogy, however, after the ending of 'Chinatown (originally 'happy' in the script), Towne seemed to turn away from the movie. In the 1980s Nicholson and Towne teamed up to make this sequel, but Towne abandoned the projected in 1985, and Nicholson finished it off himself.
It's L.A. again, but this time after the war. J.J. Gittes is older, fatter, but still as intelligent. The past haunts him, and he passes his days on at a time. He still works on adulterous marriage cases, which leads him to meet Jake (played by the magnificent Harvey Keitel) a salesman who knows his wife is having an affair and itends to catch her in the act and get a recording. However, the night doesn't go as planned, and shots are fired. Gittes now has to unravel a mystery that he's in the middle of, with not only his career on the line, but his life.
The movie does have a complex plot, much like the original, and the story does call back on the previous film for numerous reasons. Jack Nicholson directed this film with great style, and the cinematography gleams with class and oozes respectability. The movie does look beautiful, capturing the landscape and mood perfectly. What does stand out in this movie is the comedy. It isn't a full-blown comedy, but it is laced with dark humour, which works well.
A third movie would be warmly welcomed, but whether that will happen, I fear, is doubtfull. To see the story of J.J. Gittes reignited would be wonderfull, because 'The Two Jakes' was one of the better detective films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2013
Format: DVD
Earthquakes, California is still waiting for the big one. We see some minor earthquakes in this film, and that adds to the gloom. Jack Nicholson has aged since 'Chinatown', not a good age, heavier, alcohol has taken its toll, but he is still attractive to some. It is the late 1940's, the war is over, times are back. LA seems to have it's water, now they are knee deep in oil.

JJGitte, now known as Jake has moved to a fancy, large building with a lot of employees. He has the money, and heis still involved in the marriage business, the adultery portion. Another Jake, played by Harvey Keitel, approaches him wanting assistance with a wife who is involved with someone else. Again, not is all as it seems, in fact it is nastier, but sometimes, as we learn, the bad guys are good guys in some aspects.

Our Jake is still mourning Evelyn Waybrow,who died in 'Chinatown'. He is engaged to a fiancée, but not so much. Big oil, developments have taken over the orange groves. Big business and money, bad guys and oil are the name of the game. No real surprises in this film, except for one, which I guessed quite soon. The film moves along as our Jake tries to find the reason for murder and at the same time, hide his recordings.

A lot of people critiqued this film. Jack Nicholson directed and starred in it. I think it is a very credible film. Not as god as 'Chinatow', but then, nothing ever could be. Meg Tilly plays a riveting part. Madeline Stowe, much to my surprise, was a terrible actress in her role. Jack was Jack,always brings it in. Wish there would be a third film to is trilogy, but the time may have passed.

Recommended. prisrob 05-19-13
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
Jack Nicholson knew no one could ever equal the masterpice of Polanski's "Chinatown" so he didn't try. What he did make when he took over this troubled production from Robert Towne (Polanski still claims he re-wrote most of Chinatown) was a visually beautiful portrait of 1948 Los Angeles in a boom that is a meditation on the past and how it haunts us.
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....
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