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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Spite and Malice See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview on Trio's series Face Time (2002), Producer Peter Guber revealed that the film Shampoo (1975) was only made, because its creators insisted on its being green-lit along with this movie. Everyone concerned was convinced that this movie would be a huge hit, given its stellar line-up of filmmakers, so the deal was accepted. As it turned out, this movie was a flop, and Shampoo (1975) was the huge hit. See more »

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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 »

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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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Nichols does screwball
9 January 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

During the 1920's, the Mann-Act criminalizes transporting women across State lines for immoral purposes. Nicky Wilson (Warren Beatty) and Oscar Sullivan (Jack Nicholson) are inept con-artists trying to take rich heiress Fredericka Quintessa Bigard (Stockard Channing). She falls for Nicky but he's already married. Oscar marries Freddie in order to run away to L.A. across state lines. Her father threatens to disown her. The boys fight over her for her money.

This movie threw me. I expected good characters, and good acting from a Mike Nichols movie but he adds a screwball element to his comedy this time. I didn't see it coming. It takes me a little time to get used to it. I'm shaken by Oscar suddenly walking the wing on the plane. I don't think it's Nichols' strong suit. It's a lot of wacky screwball comedy that don't really generate laughs. The energy isn't there. He needs quicker edits and sharper gags. His brand of comedy isn't quite that. At its core, there are the three great actors and they shine.


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