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R| 2 hr. 17 min.

Plot Summary
Private investigator and war veteran Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by real estate developer Jake Berman (Harvey Keitel) for some run-of-the-mill matrimonial work. After Berman shoots his wife's lover, who happens to be his own business partner, Gittes is drawn into a web of conspiracy and deceit involving the oil reserves beneath Los Angeles. While investigating, Gittes hears a voice from his past that causes him to revisit a traumatic case in Chinatown.

Cast: Jack Nicholson , Harvey Keitel , Meg Tilly , Madeleine Stowe , Eli Wallach , Ruben Blades , Frederic Forrest , David Keith

Director: Jack Nicholson

Genres: Mystery

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

The Two Jakes (1990)

Release Date: August 10th, 1990|2 hr. 17 min.

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critic reviews (10)
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Towne doesn't weave all the elements as deftly as before, and his political observations seem secondhand. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The Two Jakes is an interesting movie and audiences are predisposed to warm up to Nicholson the actor, but they may not be so charitable to Nicholson the director. [10 Aug 1990] show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The Two Jakes turns out to be a surprisingly rich movie - if you're willing to spend 138 minutes on what is essentially a psychological study. [10 Aug 1990] show more

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