Cookie's Fortune

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Overview

Robert Altman directed this bittersweet ensemble piece about an eccentric and entangled group of family and friends living in the Deep South. Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt Patricia Neal is the widowed matriarch of a small-town Mississippi family, which includes her nieces Camille Glenn Close, a pretentious would-be artist staging an amateur production of Salome at a local church, and Cora Julianne Moore, her less than enthusiastic leading lady. Willis Charles S. Dutton, the caretaker of Cookie's rambling mansion, ...
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Overview

Robert Altman directed this bittersweet ensemble piece about an eccentric and entangled group of family and friends living in the Deep South. Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt Patricia Neal is the widowed matriarch of a small-town Mississippi family, which includes her nieces Camille Glenn Close, a pretentious would-be artist staging an amateur production of Salome at a local church, and Cora Julianne Moore, her less than enthusiastic leading lady. Willis Charles S. Dutton, the caretaker of Cookie's rambling mansion, tries to persuade her sweet but aimless grand-niece, Emma Liv Tyler, to move in with her, but she's more interested in her on-again, off-again romance with local cop Jason Chris O'Donnell. Typical of Altman's work, Cookie's Fortune weaves together a number of different plot lines with relaxed grace, and features an impressive cast, including Ned Beatty, Lyle Lovett, and Courtney B. Vance.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • UPC: 044006164038
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Polygram Usa Video
  • Presentation: Spanish
  • Language: EspaƱol
  • Format: VHS

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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    The plot unfolds in a leisurely southern manner and you may thin

    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!

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