The Fortune (1975)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  16 October 1975 (Argentina)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justice of Peace
Rose Michtom ...
His Wife
Airline Steward
Mrs. Gould
Rattlesnake Tom
Girl Lover (as Nira Barab)
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Tom Newman ...
John The Barber
1st Policeman
Vic Vallaro ...
2nd Policeman
Richard B. Shull ...
Chief Detective


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 <>

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It takes three to tango (if you don't count the chicken) See more »


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16 October 1975 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Spite and Malice  »

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Stockard Channing replaced Bette Midler who was passed over for the role after asking Mike Nichols "What other movies have you done?" Cher also met Nichols to discuss the role but she, too, was not cast. See more »


In the opening scene, where Freddie is kissing Nicky, she lifts her head up and the makeup line can clearly be scene on the bottom of her jaw. See more »


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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Referenced in The Lion Roars Again (1975) See more »


Written by José Padilla
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A 'comedy' that got on my nerves
12 November 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

I don't know why I sat through this movie. Perhaps I thought there would be some redeeming moment but it just got on my nerves and never left until the end credits rolled. With actors like Channing and Nicholson, I expected a decent film but alas! The direction loses (or has no) focus. The screenplay's a big mess though. The actors are loud. Although Nicholson himself isn't as bad because he's quite different from his other films and does provide a few funny moments. Channing too has one funny moment where she runs away with a chicken. Seeing the positive comments, maybe I missed something but anyway, for me it was a waste of time.

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