Cookie's Fortune

Cookie's Fortune

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Director: Robert Altman

Cast: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler

     
 

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Robert Altman's ensemble comedy Cookie's Fortune comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio and is preferable of the standard full-frame image. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and both soundtracks…  See more details below

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Robert Altman's ensemble comedy Cookie's Fortune comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio and is preferable of the standard full-frame image. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and both soundtracks are closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Altman, biographies of the cast and crew, and the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from USA.

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All Movie Guide - Skyler Miller
A lonely widow kills herself with her friend's gun, and her daughter arranges the scene to look like a murder in order to avoid the disgracing stigma of suicide. On the surface, Cookie's Fortune sounds like pretty morose stuff, but in the hands of Robert Altman, who sets the film with the same pace as a muggy Southern afternoon, it all plays out in a leisurely, lighthearted manner. In traditional Altman style, the film is brimming with engaging characters, and the script by Anne Rapp finds humor in its Southerners without looking down on them. But because the film relies so heavily on dialogue and characterization, the plot ends up playing an unusual role. It's clear that Altman really isn't concerned with the suicide/murder case, so while the story is kept to a minimum, that's strangely still too much. In the end, Cookie's Fortune is lightweight amusement buoyed by some heavyweight performances: Dutton, Tyler, and Moore are excellent, with Close walking the line between greatness and over-the-top hysteria. It's telling that Altman would choose a film like this as a follow-up to the soggy The Gingerbread Man, which was based on a John Grisham script. It's almost like an Altman apology.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
UPC:
0044004499323
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Polygram Usa Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:58:00

Special Features

Director's commentary with Robert Altman; Cast & crew biographies & filmographies; Widescreen & full-screen formats; Theatrical trailer; English 5.1; English Dolby Surround; English close- captioned; Spanish subtitled; French subtitled

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Close Camille Orcutt
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 Billy Cox
Matt Malloy Eddie "The Expert" Pitts
Randle Mell Patrick Freeman
Niecy Nash Wanda Carter
Rufus Thomas Theo Johnson
Ruby L. Wilson Josie Martin
Preston Strobel Ronnie Freeman

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director,Producer
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Willi Baer Executive Producer
Dona Granata Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Johnson Art Director
Toyomichi Kurita Cinematographer
David Levy Co-producer
Abraham Lim Editor
James Mclindon Co-producer
Pam Dixon Casting
Anne Rapp Screenwriter
Dave Stewart Score Composer
Etchie Stroh Producer
Tommy Thompson Asst. Director
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Fullscreen
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [:13]
2. Family Ties [:13]
3. Cleaning Guns [4:30]
4. Talking Nonsense [:17]
5. Emma's Back [4:20]
6. Resolution [3:41]
7. Grisly Discovery [3:57]
8. Crime Scene [5:34]
9. Under Suspicion [:20]
10. The Suspect [6:32]
11. Easter Sunday [5:19]
12. Verifying Alibis [3:37]
13. Salome [7:25]
14. Cookie's Will [1:08]
15. Unearthing Family Secrets [6:49]
16. Fishing Mates [1:34]
17. End Credits [5:15]
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [:13]
2. Family Ties [:13]
3. Cleaning Guns [4:30]
4. Talking Nonsense [:26]
5. Emma's Back [4:10]
6. Resolution [3:51]
7. Grisly Discovery [3:47]
8. Crime Scene [5:34]
9. Under Suspicion [:20]
10. The Suspect [6:32]
11. Easter Sunday [5:19]
12. Verifying Alibis [3:37]
13. Salome [7:25]
14. Cookie's Will [1:08]
15. Unearthing Family Secrets [6:53]
16. Fishing Mates [1:31]
17. End Credits [5:15]

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Cookie's Fortune 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot unfolds in a leisurely southern manner and you may think it's "lightweight amusement" as the other reviewer does. However, it gradually dawns on you that things have gotten serious! Meanwhile the delta blues score (worth listening to on its on) weaves in and out of your consciousness. This is a good movie!