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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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Mrs. Gould
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Fisherman
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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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Sexier than the Marx Brothers, handsomer than Laurel and Hardy but not as smart as The 3 Stooges See more »

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16 October 1975 (Argentina)  »

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Spite and Malice  »

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This film was one of the two movies that Jack Nicholson made while waiting for production on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) to start. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

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There is no misFortune in watching this
6 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rank this as my alternative list of favorite 1970s movies. On this list are ten films that didn't get the critical reaction nor the box office they deserve but IMHO were alongside the true greats ofthe 70s such as The Godfather 1 and 2, Shampoo,Nashville, Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dog Day Afternoon, Jaws, The Exorcist and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest-all blockbusters and among my favorite of the decade. My second tier list of 70s best include Smile, Citizens Band, The Day of the Locust, Law and Disorder, Our Time, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Heartbreak Kid, Swept Away... And this hilarious farce, The Fortune. These were films that were only blips on the radar upon release but for various reasons strike me as great . The Fortune came out in a year where 30s nostalgia was in vogue. Perhaps because of the megaton bomb that was At Long Last Love (which nearly made my list) earlier in the year and the stillborn release of The Wild Party(vastly undetated) , The Fortune didn't stand a chance despite the amazing star power of Warren Beatty and Jack Nichdon. I absolutely love this movie! Warren Beatty has never been sexier or looser on screen in perhaps his best performance and the manic side of Jack Nicholson was embryoed here and would be his signature style throughout the 70s with One Flew and especially Going South. It's a magnificent performance but the real revelation us the astounding Stockard Channing. Why did this lady not become the equivalent of a 40s star? She is gorgeous here and madcap , she's a more beautiful Kate Hepburn. At least the golden globes recognized her but the Oscars should have that year as well. She could have easily taken the Best Supporting Actrss slot occupied by the abysmally untalented Sylvia Miles (how did this hag get 2 Oscat nominations for only 20 minutes of screen time for 2 movies?). The Fortune deserved to make a fortune but flopped. Definitely track this down-it deserves a Renaissance of quirky 70s comedies that also include Smile (Barbara Feldon was a revelation in that) and Hearts of the West(Sylvia Miles has garnered two Oscar ns and the luminous Blythe Danner- None? Where is the justice?).ZThe Fortune demands to be seen.


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