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Cookie's Fortune
Cookie's Fortune
Actors: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton
Director: Robert Altman
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     1999     1hr 58min

Dedicated fans of Robert Altman will want to check out this drowsy Southern comedy, which is shot through with the director's feel for location and his musical sense of storytelling. Non-Altman fanatics might want to trea...  more »


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Actors: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton
Director: Robert Altman
Creators: Toyomichi Kurita, Robert Altman, David Levy, Ernst Etchie Stroh, James McLindon, Willi Bär, Anne Rapp
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Polygram USA Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/16/1999
Original Release Date: 04/02/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 04/02/1999
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 58min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 18
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Kenny H. (tneagle)
Reviewed on 3/12/2016...
Neat slow moving Southern dramatic Comedy.
This movie is packed with stars and has a melodrama feel.
The setting is Holly Springs, Mississippi. It is located in North Mississippi not a long ways from Memphis. It is neat seeing a movie with a setting in a city less than a 100 miles away from where I live. Another thing I like about the movie is the good race relations portrayed in the movie.
Get you some Sweet Tea and enjoy this on a summer Saturday afternoon.
Roberta H. (Robin1) from NEWMARKET, NH
Reviewed on 11/12/2009...
Crazy, madcap and cute movie. Entertaining and enjoyable!
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A sweet film from an American master
Ian Muldoon | Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia | 08/05/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A necessary corrective to the female relative who at any cost must keep up appearances, this film by Mr Altman sees him in fine form exploring small town society in the Deep South. A humane, wise film, with great acting by all concerned and some great lines " How do you know he didn't kill her?" asks the District Attorney, "We go fishing" replies the Deputy Sherriff."
Another Altman Ensemble Wins!
R. Gawlitta | Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA | 07/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you don't like Robert Altman, read no further... Why do you think Altman has the respect that he has? No one today can handle an ensemble cast of pros and make each one look like a star. Who else could've gotten old-pro Patricia Neal out of retirement? If you don't like Altman, you're obviously missing something that the rest of us already know...he's smart! It's no secret that Mr. Altman hates pretense. "MASH", "The Player", "Gosford Park", "Nashville" and on & on...the man has fun poking fun at phonies. "Cookie's Fortune" is no different. Almost exclusively working with original screenplays, he can play his game and say his piece. Anne Rapp's screenplay must've put him in director heaven. Glenn Close is pretty much the centerpiece here, a woman sure of her position and unwilling to bend. She's marvelous and totally unlikeable. The great Ms. Neal is on screen, alas, too short a time. Like an older version of her Oscar-winning role in "Hud", she's tougher than nails, and wonderful. Julianne Moore ditches the glamour, appearing mostly without make-up, belying her well-known beauty. Charles S. Dutton is customarily confident and endearing, as are Liv Tyler & Chris O'Donnell (though a previous reviewer didn't think so). Altman likes using Lyle Lovett, and he's reliable here in a small role. Ned Beatty and, especially, the great Courtney B. Vance fill out the big name cast effectively. Like all Altman films, one must pay attention to the script, because, though leisurely paced, the dialogue flies by. To reiterate the plot would be senseless, but one of my favorite lines was, in reference to the crime scene, they said Close's character has "negative blood"; when Beatty is asked why he's so sure Dutton didn't do it, he, matter-of-factly says "I fish with him!". (This is almost a running gag...I love running gags). Again, I must say, Altman is wonderful when he works with dozens of people at once, because he gives each one a distinct character and motivation, not to take away from the screenwriter, though Altman is also known for improv. "Cookie's Fortune" is subtly funny and endearing; the craziness of human nature is given full reign. This film was recognized by the Independent Film Awards, but the Academy somehow overlooked it, released too early in the year. (Most of those old geezers don't think that far back...) Glenn Close was deserving of a nomination, as was Altman. Attention to detail is an Altman trait, too, and he doesn't disappoint. Check it out...but, as a previous reviewer also said, if you like fake effects and unbelievable stupid plots populated with idiot super-heroes, pass on this one. All "Cookie's Fortune" offers is a clever character-driven script, very fine acting, GREAT direction and a lot of fun."
Cookie's Fortune
cjrecipes | Elk Gove, IL, USA | 09/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You may never have heard of this movie but it is a Robert Altman gem. I'm afraid I can't say too much for giving too much of the hysterical plot. It is a decidedly black comedy but the characters are really 3 dimentional. It has a secret to reveal and a suprising ending. If you liked Gosford Park you will love Cookie's Fortune."