Cookie's Fortune (1999)



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The ingredients of an archetypal southern town (the blues, catfish, and scrabble), a deliciously chosen cast, and the creative skills of Robert Altman make for a wonderfully engaging film that adds to the accolades that have distinguished his outstanding career. Delectably combining farce, moral passion play, and social drama with a soupcon of mystery/suspense, Altman drives us to his grandly executed finale with a constantly inventive comedic theatricality. Generations of the Orcutt family have … More

Rating: PG-13 (for the depiction of a violent act and sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anne Rapp
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On DVD: May 1, 2001
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as Cora Duvall

as Emma Duvall

as Jason Brown

as Willis Richland

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as Lester Boyle

as Otis Tucker

as Jack Palmer

as Manny Hood

as Ruby Wilson

as Billy Cox

as Eddie `The Expert' P...

as Patrick Freeman

as Wanda Carter

as Josie Martin

as Theo Johnson

as Josie Martin

as Ronnie Freeman

as Mrs. Henderson, Her...

as Tigellinus

as Soldier No. 1

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as Prop Boy

as Mrs.Tippett

as Mr. Henderson

as Picnic Lady

as Guitarist

as Drummer

as Keyboardist

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Critic Reviews for Cookie's Fortune

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (14)

Most of what transpires is low-key, affectionate comedy and a fair amount of fun.

Full Review… | July 21, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Cookie's Fortune is a wittily diagrammed portrait of a small town shaken to its roots by this deceptive calamity. The movie, though, never really becomes more than a diagram.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The deceptively modest Cookie's Fortune may or not be Robert Altman's best film in years, but it is certainly his most pleasurable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2009
Top Critic

What's so distinctively charming is the easygoing tone, which manages to turn black comedy into a strangely gentle, touching and delicate affair.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One well-telegraphed disclosure is heartwarmingly self-congratulatory, the other genealogical bombshell totally inconsequential.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

This serio comedy about an eccentric Southern family is a minor work in Altman's oeuvre, but it's well acted and enjoyable.

Full Review… | August 10, 2011

Audience Reviews for Cookie's Fortune


"Cookie's Fortune" is a sharp, dazzling dark comedy from Robert Altman. Anne Rapp's screenplay both captures the essence of small town life and character as well as satirizes it. The 'murder' mystery centerpiece is clever, funny and unique. Punctuated by a fantastic ensemble, featuring memorable turns from Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton, Liv Tyler and Patricia Neal. "Cookie's Fortune" perfectly captures Altman's comedic sensibilities and knack for crafting wonderfully funny and true characters.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer


Nothing amazing but a solid small town dramedy/mystery that's well acted and amusing. I haven't seen most of Altman's work before but this seems very much his style from what I've seen.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


This isn't Altman's best, but having said that Altman is also easily one of my favourite directors - so even when he is not at his best, he never fails to entertain. And entertaining this is, a quirky, very Southern comedy with endearing characters. Julianne Moore is hilarious as the slightly loopy sister, Glenn Close is simply superb in her over-the-top performance. Unfortunately, Liv Tyler is almost equally as bad as the others are great. The story sometimes is not as smooth as it could be, but the eccentric characters and the atmosphere of a small Southern town is what makes this a great and fun film.

Ina S

Super Reviewer

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