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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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Purkey
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Mother Hinkle
Harry Holcombe ...
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Marge Redmond ...
Charlotte Gingrich
Noam Pitlik ...
Max
Harry Davis ...
Dr. Krugman
Ann Shoemaker ...
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Maryesther Denver ...
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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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How Harry Hinkle became a fortune cookie See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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19 October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Glückspilz  »

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Budget:

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During a Cleveland Browns-Houston Oilers game at Cleveland Stadium on December 18, 1988, a cameraman, Mike Gallagher, was injured when Oilers wide receiver Haywood Jeffires and Browns defensive back Will Hill ran into him near the bleachers. The game was held up for 12 minutes. See more »

Goofs

Towards the beginning of the movie when Harry is wheeled out after his x-ray, his mother is crying over him. But more than once you can hear her sobbing, but plainly see that she's just standing still and looking at him. See more »

Quotes

Willie Gingrich: What about Mrs. Cunningham vs. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Ohio, number eighty-nine twenty-seven. Mrs. Cunningham, en route to Cincinnati to visit dying uncle, gets trapped in the toilet on account of a faulty lock. The car is hitched to another train. Mrs. Cunningham winds up in San Bernadino California. By this time, the uncle is dead and she's cut out of the will, so she sues the railroad for damages. Does this ring a bell?
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Referenced in Mars Needs Women (1967) See more »

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You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Judi West
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Matthau saves what could have been a tragically dull film...
1 May 2004 | by (My House, Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Fortune Cookie" is a light, lovable con/slapstick film about Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon), a sports cameraman who is accidentally knocked down by NFL star Boom Boom Jackson (Ron Rich) at a football game. Hinkle suffers a minor concussion but his lawyer brother-in-law, Willie Gingrich (Walter Matthau) is immediately on the seen. Willie thinks that they can sue for millions of dollars if Harry plays that he's got a "compressed vertebrae", and Harry reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile Boom Boom is feeling desperately guilty and is taking care of Harry to make himself feel better.

This movie is labeled as a comedy but most of the humor is dry and subtle. I'd go as far as to call it out-dated, it was probably considered a lot funnier when it first came out.

Though I guess the only character that is supposed to be actually funny is Matthau's, and he is. Hilarious, in fact. He never misses a beat, every movement and line is delivered in perfect accordance to his character. And considering the guy had a heart attack while working on the film, his drive and proffesionalism is admirable.

Aside from Matthau the movie is a little bland, but not bad. The other performances, from Lemmon, Rich and Judi West as Hinkle's gold-digging ex-wife, are all well-played, Rich gives the most notable performance as the guilt-ridden Boom Boom.

The style, direction and other componets of the film are well too...but in the end Matthau's performance is the only real benefit of this film, but it's a big benefit, and gets a 7.5/10 from me.


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