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The Fortune Cookie (1966)

Approved  |   |  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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19 October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$3,705,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lisa Linsky discovered the piano hidden in her folk's garage at the age of four. One of Lisa's fondest early memories is sharing a piano with fellow actor Jack Lemmon during the 1965-66 filming of the movie "The Fortune Cookie." (Lisa played the little girl on the skateboard in an early hospital scene.) See more »

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Quotes

Charlotte Gingrich: [as their kids skateboard around the hospital's halls] Children! Jeffery, Ginger, cut that out. This is a hospital.
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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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My brief review of the film
12 April 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

There are some lagging gaps in the film, but overall this is a delightfully written comedy, with clever ideas, good jokes and colourful supporting characters. Walter Matthau won an Oscar for his flamboyant role in the film, and he has a number of good moments, although Jack Lemmon also shines, bringing in his usual charm to every scene. The film is divided into a number of different chapters, and set to some wonderful music, giving it a vibrant feel. And, above all its other virtues, the film manages to say some things about greed and the consequences of lying. It is not a large flashy production, and it may not be a perfect film, but I found it quite charming and it comes recommended, especially to fans of Wilder's comedies.


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