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Cookie's Fortune (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 16 April 1999 (USA)
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Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writer:

Anne Rapp
3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Camille Dixon
Julianne Moore ... Cora Duvall
Liv Tyler ... Emma Duvall
Chris O'Donnell ... Jason Brown
Charles S. Dutton ... Willis Richland
Patricia Neal ... Jewel Mae 'Cookie' Orcutt
Ned Beatty ... Lester Boyle
Courtney B. Vance ... Otis Tucker
Donald Moffat ... Jack Palmer
Lyle Lovett ... Manny Hood
Danny Darst Danny Darst ... Billy Cox
Matt Malloy ... Eddie 'The Expert' Pitts
Randle Mell Randle Mell ... Patrick Freeman
Niecy Nash ... Wanda Carter
Rufus Thomas ... Theo Johnson
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Robert Altman felt that Liv Tyler had been too glamorous in previous films, so he asked her to cut her hair short for for this movie. (Arguably, the short hair did little to diminish her glamour.) See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene where the police car backs up and then pulls away, you can see the cameraman's shadow and then also his reflection on the side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Lester Boyle: He's innocent.
Eddie "The Expert" Pitts: And what makes you so sure of that?
Lester Boyle: I've fished with him.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Holly Springs, MS - What a Great Place to Live
10 February 2001 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

Robert Altman has an affinity for the South, and "Cookie's Fortune", reveals that it is gentle, pleasant and relaxed. Set in small town Mississippi there are none of the typical Hollywood stereotypes of flaming racial hatred, sexual oppression, and class bigotry. Well, not much at least. The characters in Holly Springs all know and like one another regardless of their race and social standing. Well acted by a great ensemble cast that portray an 'Altmanesque' kaleidoscope of small-town characters, most of whom are eccentrics. The plot revolves around the suicide of Cookie, a matriarch of one of the town's leading families. Since suicide is considered disgraceful, two of her nieces, upon discovering her body, cover it up to make it look like a murder. And then an innocent man becomes the prime suspect and...off we go. Ok, so it's not as 'deep' as many of Altman's films, nor as dark either. But that's not bad, and "Cookie's Fortune" is a very enjoyable movie. I recommend it highly for a Saturday night rental.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,828, 4 April 1999

Gross USA:

$10,920,544

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,920,544
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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