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The Fortune (1975)

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:
... Freddie
... Oscar
... Nicky Stumpo
... Justice of Peace
Rose Michtom ... His Wife
... Airline Steward
... Mrs. Gould
... Rattlesnake Tom
... Girl Lover (as Nira Barab)
... Boy Lover
... Fisherman
Tom Newman ... John The Barber
... 1st Policeman
Vic Vallaro ... 2nd Policeman
... Chief Detective
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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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16 October 1975 (Argentina)  »

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Spite and Malice  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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 »

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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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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 See 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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