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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Camille Dixon
... Cora Duvall
... Emma Duvall
... Jason Brown
... Willis Richland
... Jewel Mae 'Cookie' Orcutt
... Lester Boyle
... Otis Tucker
... Jack Palmer
... Manny Hood
Danny Darst ... Billy Cox
... Eddie 'The Expert' Pitts
... Patrick Freeman
... Wanda Carter
... Theo Johnson
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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.

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Bac Films [France] (French)

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16 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fortuna de Cookie  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,828, 4 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,919,177, 26 September 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Rapp's association with Robert Altman began when she met him through her ex-husband who was one of Altman's racetrack buddies. The two clicked and started writing scripts together. Their first collaboration was one of the segments for the "Gun" (1997) mini-series. This was their second and they both enjoyed the experience so much that they reunited the following year for "Dr T and the Women". See more »

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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

[playing Scrabble in Willis's cell]
Willis Richland: "A-we". Triple word, that's it, I'm out.
Lester Boyle: "A-we"? A-we? A-we is not a word!
[He hits the table, upsetting the board and scattering letters everywhere]
Jack Palmer: AWE, Lester, "awe". From Old Norse, derived from the reconstructed Indo-European base "Agh!" A combination of fear, reverence, and wonder.
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I can't really put my finger on it...
31 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Maybe it is the very believable dialogue traded by the sweet southern regard the characters have toward each other. I can't narrow it down, all I can tell you is that I have seen this film numerous times, and each time it is a sucker punch to my ice-encrusted northern heart. Just charming and delightful, Julianne Moore has the best role in the film, the romance between Liv Tyler and Chris O'Donnell is an aw-shucks triumph. Anyone critical of this film needs to sit down and watch it again-and pay attention to the endless little "Easter Eggs" Altman has hidden throughout Holly Springs.


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