The Two Jakes

Release Date: August 10th, 1990

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 1999

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, Rubén Blades, Frederic Forrest, David Keith

Director: Jack Nicholson

Genres: Mystery

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, 88 Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Wife, Mystery, Brooding, Los Angeles, 1940s, Murder, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It's an exquisite short story about a mood, and a time, and a couple of guys who are blind-sided by love. show more

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    Jack Nicholson's impressive, convoluted and moody sequel to Chinatown. [10 Aug 1990]

  • 40
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    It's ended up a weak imitation of the original. [09 Aug 1990]

See all critic reviews on