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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.


Mike Nichols


Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




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


The early 1900s 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 parents' fortune. So, a new scheme is devised, which only adds to their problems, as well as to the sly whimsy of this movie. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Dub Taylor and Warren Beatty had previously appeared together in 'Bonnie and Clyde ' (1968). See more »


As an airplane flies WSW from Oklahoma to Los Angeles, the sunlight enters the passenger compartment from the starboard windows, which would be facing NNW. The sun on such a flight would be somewhere on the port (south) side of the plane. See more »


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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I Must Be Dreaming
Written by Al Sherman, Pat Flaherty and Al Dubin
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4 October 2005 | by KyleFurr2See all my reviews

It is easy to see why i had never heard of this movie before because it is so bad and it's hard to see a cast this great in a movie so bad. Hard to believe this was directed by Mike Nichols and stars Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson. The movie is set in the 1920's in which there is a law that saw you cannot take a woman across state lines for immoral purposes. Beatty is in love with Stockard Channing and has Nicholson get married to her and the movie doesn't make it clear why Beatty didn't marry her in the first place. Beatty is going to pose as her brother and they are going to California. It then turns out that both of them are only interested in her money and she isn't too happy about that. The movie is pretty bad and this movie deserves to be unknown.

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English | French

Release Date:

October 1975 (UK) See more »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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