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Cookie's Fortune (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  2 April 1999 (USA)
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Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.

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Cookie's Fortune unfolds over an eventful Easter weekend in the small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi. The town residents are peaceful, kind folk -- with the exception of Camille Dixon -- a pushy theatre director with an incredibly shy younger sister, Cora, whose estranged daughter Emma has just returned to town. On the heels of her latest play, Camille is shocked to discover that her Aunt Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt has committed suicide. Terrified at the thought of how this will tarnish the family name, she eats the suicide note to make it look like a burglary. This set-up leads the police to one main suspect, Willis Richland, who also happens to be Cookie's best friend. Although the rest of the town is convinced Willis didn't commit the crime, an outside investigator isn't so sure. As Easter Sunday and opening night of the play arrive, the truth comes out, revealing more secrets than anyone could have possibly imagined. Written by Anonymous

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Welcome to Holly Springs... home of murder, mayhem and catfish enchiladas.

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Rated PG-13 for the depiction of a violent act, and for sensuality | See all certifications »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$186,828 (USA) (2 April 1999)

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$10,919,177 (USA) (24 September 1999)
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Robert Altman hired a local theater group to stage a scene from Oscar Wilde's "Salome". He then copied their staging for the rendition of that same scene in the film. See more »

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When Cora (Julianna Moore) is locked out of the house, she is shown sitting on the front porch with the front door open. See more »

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[playing Scrabble in Willis's cell]
Willis Richland: "A-we". Triple word, that's it, I'm out.
Lester Boyle: "A-we"? A-we? A-we is not a word!
[He hits the table, upsetting the board and scattering letters everywhere]
Jack Palmer: AWE, Lester, "awe". From Old Norse, derived from the reconstructed Indo-European base "Agh!" A combination of fear, reverence, and wonder.
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Holly Springs, MS - What a Great Place to Live
10 February 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Robert Altman has an affinity for the South, and "Cookie's Fortune", reveals that it is gentle, pleasant and relaxed. Set in small town Mississippi there are none of the typical Hollywood stereotypes of flaming racial hatred, sexual oppression, and class bigotry. Well, not much at least. The characters in Holly Springs all know and like one another regardless of their race and social standing. Well acted by a great ensemble cast that portray an 'Altmanesque' kaleidoscope of small-town characters, most of whom are eccentrics. The plot revolves around the suicide of Cookie, a matriarch of one of the town's leading families. Since suicide is considered disgraceful, two of her nieces, upon discovering her body, cover it up to make it look like a murder. And then an innocent man becomes the prime suspect and...off we go. Ok, so it's not as 'deep' as many of Altman's films, nor as dark either. But that's not bad, and "Cookie's Fortune" is a very enjoyable movie. I recommend it highly for a Saturday night rental.


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