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 loved that he heard on a wire recording plunges him into a past he has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"The Two Jakes allows Nicholson to reprise one of his most memorable characters as a way of seeing whether he's still got it."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"feels a lot like a retread of Chinatown, only without the style and panache that Polanski brought to the table"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Points out that we may think we're done with the past but it almost never is done with us."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Disappointing follow-up to Chinatown"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Of course it's no "Chinatown," but it is satisfyingly moody and atmospheric."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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