The Two Jakes (1990)

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TitleThe Two Jakes
Year1990
CountryUSA
GenreFilm-Noir (Movies)
FranchiseChinatown (1974 - 1990)
Run Time2h 17 min
Director

In 1948 Los Angeles, businessman Julius “Jake” Berman hires seasoned private investigator J. J. “Jake” Gittes to catch his wife, Kitty, in the act of committing adultery. During the sting, Berman unexpectedly kills his wife’s lover, Mark Bodine, who turns out to also be his partner in a real estate development company. Gittes, not having known this, suddenly finds himself under scrutiny for his role in what appears to be a premeditated murder; the key piece of evidence is a wire recording Gittes had set up which captured audio of the illicit love meeting, the confrontation, and the killing of Bodine. However, the audio does not make it clear whether Berman intended to kill Bodine before confronting him, making it murder, or if the killing was a simple act of jealousy, which may qualify as “temporary insanity” and be permitted as a defense to a charge of murder.

Gittes is forced to convince his old acquaintance, LAPD Captain Lou Escobar, that he should not be charged as an accomplice. Oddly, Berman seems unconcerned with the possibility that he may be accused of murder. Gittes has the recording, which Berman’s attorney, Cotton Weinberger, and mobster friend Mickey Nice, both want, locked in a safe in his office in L.A., which is being rocked by earthquakes. Berman’s housing development in the Valley is also experiencing seismic activities. Gittes is nearly killed in a gas explosion, waking to find Berman and Kitty standing over him.

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Cast:

Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson
Jake Gittes
Harvey Keitel Harvey Keitel
Jake Berman
Meg Tilly Meg Tilly
Kitty Berman
Madeleine Stowe Madeleine Stowe
Lillian Bodine
Eli Wallach Eli Wallach
Cotton Weinberger
Rubén Blades Rubén Blades
Mickey Nice

In 1948 Los Angeles, businessman Julius “Jake” Berman hires seasoned private investigator J. J. “Jake” Gittes to catch his wife, Kitty, in the act of committing adultery. During the sting, Berman unexpectedly kills his wife’s lover, Mark Bodine, who turns out to also be his partner in a real estate development company. Gittes, not having known this, suddenly finds himself under scrutiny for his role in what appears to be a premeditated murder; the key piece of evidence is a wire recording Gittes had set up which captured audio of the illicit love meeting, the confrontation, and the killing of Bodine. However, the audio does not make it clear whether Berman intended to kill Bodine before confronting him, making it murder, or if the killing was a simple act of jealousy, which may qualify as “temporary insanity” and be permitted as a defense to a charge of murder.

Gittes is forced to convince his old acquaintance, LAPD Captain Lou Escobar, that he should not be charged as an accomplice. Oddly, Berman seems unconcerned with the possibility that he may be accused of murder. Gittes has the recording, which Berman’s attorney, Cotton Weinberger, and mobster friend Mickey Nice, both want, locked in a safe in his office in L.A., which is being rocked by earthquakes. Berman’s housing development in the Valley is also experiencing seismic activities. Gittes is nearly killed in a gas explosion, waking to find Berman and Kitty standing over him.

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