The Fortune Cookie

"Excellent"

The Fortune Cookie Review


This very funny Billy Wilder comedy actually stands as the first on-screen pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and Matthau took home a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Whiplash Willie, a shyster attorney who convinces his cameraman brother-in-law (Lemmon) to sue the NFL when he's injured a football game, exaggerating his injuries. A bit long (over two hours), but Wilder's use of title cards to present numbered "chapters" keeps things moving along pretty well. The banter between Lemmon and Matthau is, as always, priceless.


The Fortune Cookie

Facts and Figures

Run time: 125 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 19th October 1966

Production compaines: Phalanx-Jaelem

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 20 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

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Starring: as Harry Hinkle, as Willie Gingrich, as Boom Boom Jackson, as Sandy Hinkle, as Purkey, as Mother Hinkle, as O'Brien, as Thompson, Marge Redmond as Charlotte Gingrich, Ann Shoemaker as Sister Veronica, as Doc Schindler, Archie Moore as Mr. Jackson, Howard McNear as Mr. Cimoli, Harry Davis as Dr. Krugman, Lauren Gilbert as Kincaid

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