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The Fortune (1975)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | October 1975 (UK)
Two bumbling hustlers in the 1920s attempt to gain the fortune of an heiress. Nothing will stop them, not even murder.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writer:

Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Freddie
Jack Nicholson ... Oscar
Warren Beatty ... Nicky Stumpo
Ian Wolfe ... Justice of Peace
Rose Michtom Rose Michtom ... His Wife
Brian Avery ... Airline Steward
Florence Stanley ... Mrs. Gould
Dub Taylor ... Rattlesnake Tom
Catlin Adams ... Girl Lover (as Nira Barab)
Christopher Guest ... Boy Lover
Scatman Crothers ... Fisherman
Tom Newman Tom Newman ... John The Barber
Jim Antonio ... 1st Policeman
Vic Vallaro Vic Vallaro ... 2nd Policeman
Richard B. Shull ... Chief Detective
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Spite and Malice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, Vista See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Steered in the wrong direction; wasted potential.
19 June 2015 | by Maladjusted_1See all my reviews

'The Fortune' is a crime comedy, centred around the dubious exploits of two 1920s conmen, promisingly played by Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. Their job is to cheat a wealthy woman out of her fortune, and the film starts off positively. The film's song, 'I Must Be Dreaming', is quite enjoyable, and I was glad to see Nichols reuse it in the credits at the end. Unfortunately, it all goes downhill from the hopeful first scene. The premise was interesting, but it may have been performed better if the film was more serious. It felt a little like a rom-com, road movie version of 'The Great Gatsby', and the effect wasn't very good. The script was a little off at times, and I think that, in places, Beatty failed to remain on Nicholson's level during their usually fun exchanges. There were a few genuinely funny scenes, but I don't think there were enough of them to justify watching this. Other scenes degenerated into mind- numbing silliness, almost to the point where the viewer forgets the plot or the premise of 'The Fortune'. Overall, I was quite disappointed with this film. Nicholson, as ever, delivered a great performance, but I don't think that 'The Fortune' operated along the right lines. It could have channelled the atmosphere of 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller', or been a serious Prohibition crime film, but its direction steered it into becoming a very mediocre comedy.


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