The Two Jakes

Kitty Berman (Meg Tilly) turns out to be Catherine Mulwray, the little girl from Chinatown. The land under the subdivision is full of oil, which Earl Rawley (Richard Farnsworth) and the deceased Mark Bodine (John Hackett) had planned to steal. Jakes Gittes (Jack Nicholson) doctors the tape to hide Jake Berman's (Harvey Keitel's) guilt and protect his wife. Jake Berman commits suicide by immolation, hiding his horrible disease (advanced syphilis is implied) and leaving everything to his wife. Jake Gittes advises her that you can never escape the past.
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