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Cookie's Fortune (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 16 April 1999 (USA)
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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Comedy | Drama

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

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16 April 1999 (USA)  »

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A Fortuna de Cookie  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$10,919,177 (USA) (24 September 1999)
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Frances McDormand and Anjelica Huston were both originally cast in the film, but they eventually dropped out. 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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[the police lab reports that Camille is a hemophiliac]
Otis Tucker: A condition under which, in times of extreme stress, her blood will not clot properly. Emma, Camille Dixon is your aunt, isn't she?
Emma Duvall: Unfortunately.
Otis Tucker: You ever seen her suffer from this condition?
Emma Duvall: Unfortunately not.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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I can't really put my finger on it...
31 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Maybe it is the very believable dialogue traded by the sweet southern regard the characters have toward each other. I can't narrow it down, all I can tell you is that I have seen this film numerous times, and each time it is a sucker punch to my ice-encrusted northern heart. Just charming and delightful, Julianne Moore has the best role in the film, the romance between Liv Tyler and Chris O'Donnell is an aw-shucks triumph. Anyone critical of this film needs to sit down and watch it again-and pay attention to the endless little "Easter Eggs" Altman has hidden throughout Holly Springs.


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