After the war, L.A. private eye Jake Gittes is hired by realtor Jake Berman. He proves the infidelity of Berman’s wife Kitty and sets up a way for her to be caught in the act. At the rendezvous, Berman shoots the co-respondent who turns out to be his business partner. Gittes finds himself in the middle of a complicated web, under pressure from all sides for a wire recording of the fatal encounter. He then realises that the land the partners were developing was once an orange grove connected with a case he has never quite got over. —IMDb
With his cheshire-cat grin, devil-may-care attitude and potent charisma, Jack Nicholson emerged as the most popular and celebrated actor of his generation. A classic anti-hero, he typified the new breed of Hollywood star — rebellious, contentious and defiantly non-conformist. A supremely versatile talent, he uniquely defined the zeitgeist of the 1970s, a decade which his screen presence dominated virtually from start to finish, and remained an enduring counterculture icon for the duration of his long and renowned career. Born April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey, and raised by his mother and grandmother, Nicholson travelled to California at the age of 17, with the intent of returning east to attend college. It never happened — he became so enamored of the west coast that he stayed, landing a job as an office boy in MGM’s animation department.
Nicholson soon began studying acting with the area group the Players Ring Theater, eventually appearing on television as well as on stage… read more
It ties back to the earlier film and yes, the script by Robert Towne is extremely rich. The film itself is not altogether satisfying because while it's chock full of excellent scenes, it's missing a major element that every good mystery needs: a truly menacing adversary. While CHINATOWN concluded in the most catastrophic way, THE TWO JAKES essentially cops out at the end. Meg Tilly is the standout.
This Chinatown follow-up is a very detailed sequel to say the least as it attempts to eclipse its 1974 original. It is a decent movie and well worth a watch but sadly isn't a patch on Chinatown. Nicholson takes over from Polanski in Directing duties and does well with a fairly decent cast and the inclusion of Harvey Keitel helps the movie but don't try and watch it without seeing the original first. 7/10
It's much like Godfather III in many respects. Much better than the consensus, released 16 years after the previous film, but unlike Godfather III it has a definite resonance and staying power. Nowhere near Chinatown's power-but then again it was never meant to replicate or be better than it's predecessor. There is a great sense of depth and loss here. The DVD is a great way to view this little flawed gem.