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J. J. Gittes (franchise)

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J. J. Gittes
Based onOriginal characters created by
Robert Towne
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
CountryUnited States
Budget$ million
(Cumulative of 2 films)
Box office$
(Cumulative of 2 films)

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The J. J. Gittes franchise consists of American crime-thriller films....


Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter Producer(s)
Chinatown June 20, 1974 (1974-06-20) Roman Polanski Robert Towne Robert Evans
The Two Jakes August 10, 1990 (1990-08-10) Jack Nicholson Robert Evans and Harold Schneider

"Chinatown" (1974)[edit]

The Two Jakes (1990)[edit]


In November 2019, it was announced that a Netflix-exclusive prequel television series is in development. The series is being co-written by Robert Towne and David Fincher, while the latter will serve as showrunner. The series will reportedly explore the early career of Jake "J. J." Gittes.[1]

Main cast and characters[edit]

Character Film Television
"Chinatown" The Two Jakes Untitled Chinatown
prequel series
Jakes "J. J." Gittes Jack Nicholson TBA

Additional crew & production details[edit]

Film Crew/Detail
Composer Cinematographer Editor Production
Running time
"Chinatown" Jerry Goldsmith John A. Alonzo Sam O'Steen Paramount Pictures,
Penthouse Video,
Paramount-Penthouse Presentations,
Long Road Productions,
Robert Evans Company
Paramount Pictures 2hrs 11mins
The Two Jakes Van Dyke Parks Vilmos Zsigmond Anne Goursaud Paramount Pictures,
88 Productions
2hrs 18mins
Untitled Chinatown prequel
television series
TBA TBA TBA Netflix Original Series Netflix TBA


Box office & financial performance[edit]

Film Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Worldwide
Net Income/Loss
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
"Chinatown" $29,200,000 N/A $29,200,000 #3,316 #4,582 $6,000,000 $23,200,000 [2][3][4]
The Two Jakes $10,005,969 N/A $10,005,969 #5,101 #6,957 $25,000,000 -$14,994,031 [5][6][7]
Totals $30,205,969 $30,205,969 x̅ #4,209.5 x̅ #5,769.5 31,000,000 $8,205,969

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
"Chinatown" 99%
(73 critic reviews)[8]
(22 critic reviews)[9]
The Two Jakes 68%
(19 critic reviews)[11]
(17 critic reviews)[12]
Chinatown prequel TBD TBD TBD


  1. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/chinatown-prequel-series-netflix-david-fincher-robert-towne-1203408719/
  2. https://www.boxofficemojo.com/release/rl1179354625/
  3. https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Chinatown#tab=summary
  4. "Film History Milestones - 1974". Filmsite.org. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  5. https://www.boxofficemojo.com/title/tt0100828/?ref_=bo_se_r_1
  6. https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Two-Jakes-The#tab=summary
  7. Jack Mathews (August 5, 1990). "Jake Laid-Back". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  8. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chinatown
  9. https://www.metacritic.com/movie/chinatown
  10. "Cinemascore :: Movie Title Search". Cinemascore.com. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  11. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_two_jakes
  12. https://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-two-jakes
  13. "Cinemascore :: Movie Title Search". Cinemascore.com. Retrieved 22 September 2018.

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