The Fortune (1975)

The Fortune




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Set amidst the Roaring Twenties, handsome Nicky (Warren Beatty) and sly Oscar (Jack Nicholson) play two dopey con-men who concoct an elaborate scheme to steal the fortune of Freddie (Stockard Channing), an air-head heiress in this stylish musical comedy from filmmaker Mike Nichols. When the whole plan becomes hopelessly unraveled, the two decide they must murder her. Unfortunately and fortunately for them, she is not so easily dispatched.

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Carole Eastman, Adrien Joyce
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 19, 1998
Columbia Pictures


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Critic Reviews for The Fortune

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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The timing wasn't planned but it is fortuitous. The Fortune (Twilight Time, Blu-ray), a screwball comedy directed by Mike Nichols, debuts on Blu-ray a month after Nichols passed away.

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
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Mike Nichols' period farce is an artistic and commercial misfire--despite the presence of two major stars, Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.

Full Review… | April 26, 2011

The uneven farce is enjoyable only in spurts.

Full Review… | January 11, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Fortune

Nicholson and Beatty form a really funny duo.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The first hour/2 acts of The Fortune were so slow moving that not even the underrated comic pairing of Jack Nicholson (an absolute nut here) and Warren Beatty (think a dopey Jim Dandy) were able to completely stop the juggernaut of slow dullness. I was wondering why the hell I'd never heard of The Fortune before and I'd gotten my answer. But once that first hour disappeared something clicked with the comic timing and the last 10 minutes of The Fortune were some of the most hilariously tense and nerve-wracking I can remember. Its a quick worthwhile watch if you get the chance.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

With two such big name stars I was surprised that I'd never heard of 'The Fortune' before but having seen the finished product it's pretty clear why Hollywood has chosen to disown it. The pairing of Beatty and Nicholson just doesn't work here. The material suggests pure farce and what was needed was a Lemmon and Matthau pairing. Instead Beatty looks uncomfortable and Nicholson looks like he's going to massacre the whole cast at any time, so scary is the glint in his eye! Channing is good as the woman they are desperately trying to fleece and the period detail by Nichol's looks great but I didn't find it very funny and was bored through most of it.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer

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