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The Fortune (1975)

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Two bumbling hustlers in the 1920s attempt to gain the fortune of an heiress. Nothing will stop them . not even murder.

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Freddie
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Mrs. Gould
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Chief Detective Sergeant Jack Power
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John the Barber
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Fisherman
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Justice of the Peace
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Airline Steward
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Rattlesnake Tom
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Girl Lover (as Nira Barab)
Rose Michtom ...
His Wife
Jim Antonio ...
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The early 1900's with its Mann-Act (disallowing women to be transported across State lines for immoral reasons) brings a married man to devise a scheme for taking his upper-class girlfriend away with him... he simply has her marry his unmarried buddy. However, it doesn't take very long before both men start laying claim to her affection... until, that is, she's about to be cut out of her parent's fortune. So, a new scheme is devised, which only adds to their problems, as well as to the sly whimsy of this film. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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16 October 1975 (Argentina)  »

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Spite and Malice  »

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In an interview on Trio's series Face Time (2002), producer Peter Guber revealed that the film Shampoo (1975) was only made because its creators insisted on its being green-lit along with The Fortune (1975). Everyone concerned was convinced The Fortune (1975) would be a huge hit, given its stellar line-up of filmmakers, so the deal was accepted. As it turned out, The Fortune (1975) was a flop and Shampoo (1975) was the huge hit. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film, set in the 1920's, when Nicky and Oscar are eating breakfast on a train, they pass another train as seen through the windows. One of the train cars they pass displays a Burlington Northern railroad logo that did not exist before 1970. See more »

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Nicky Wilson: [To Frederica who's screaming because Oscar is walking on the plane's wing during flight] Just ignore him.
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Amusing Nichols film with Hilarious Nicholson!
10 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mike Nichols' last good film that I'm sure bombed at the time. Stockard Channing almost steals the show as the young heiress, Warren Beatty is perfectly cast, and Nicholson is hilarious without doing much (great hair). There were a lot of good films in the 70's and this should have been included on most lists.

A 7 out of 10. Best performance = Jack Nicholson. There are scenes that fall flat, but the ones that work make it worthwhile. Great costumes and art-set direction as well. It's hard to imagine these two actors (Beatty & Nicholson) playing the characters they did in REDS six years later after playing these buffoons. Give it a shot.


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