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The Fortune Cookie (1966)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  19 October 1966 (USA)
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A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

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Storyline

A cameraman is knocked over during a football game. His brother in law as the king of the ambulance chasing lawyers starts a suit while he's still knocked out. The cameraman is against it until he hears that his ex-wife will be coming to see him. He pretends to be injured to get her back, but also sees what the strain is doing to the football player who injured him. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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lawyer | football | cameraman | insurance | law | See more »

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Is he a spy? A security risk? Is he unfaithful? Or is he a nice, normal shnook - out to make a million bucks by sheer accident! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Glückspilz  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,705,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Jack Lemmon originally had two other actors proposed to star with him, Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason, but he insisted that he do the picture with Walter Matthau. See more »

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Keith Jackson never called NFL games for CBS. However in the credits he is listed as "Football Announcer", not as himself, so this is not necessarily a mistake. See more »

Quotes

Harry Hinkle: Florida and Mustangs and foxes, how are you gonna pay for all of this?
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References Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Judi West
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One of the greatest films of all time. Don't miss it!
8 April 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love Walter Matthau. He is one of the greatest comic actors ever to grace the screen. His ability to turn a Jewish complaint into a laugh has a life of its own (like Woody Allen) and Lemmon of course is the perfect foil. This is why they were "The Odd Couple." In fact, this movie includes three of the greatest film makers to ever work/play in Hollywood: Bill Wilder, Jack Lemmon and Matthau. See this movie to have fun with the perfect comedic chemistry of Lemmon and Matthau and also to enjoy the intelligent humor of Wilder's writing. As those of us who have ever created a film or written a story or music know, such endeavors are always an experiment; there's always the (big) chance that what you're busting your butt on will just lay there in the end. Well, when they came up with this story formula, with Matthau as scheister and Lemmon as border line skeptic/fool for love, it just hit, you know? As in, it's a classic winner! Hollywood comedy literally doesn't get any better. The proof? Study up on your dark comedy history: It started with Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest), was carried on with Wilder (this film) and every single piece of satire that has been written since these masterpieces of comedy owes itself to them.


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