Cookie's Fortune (1999)
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as Camille Dixon
as Cora Duvall
as Emma Duvall
as Jason Brown
as Willis Richland
as Jewel Mae `Cookie' Orcutt
as Lester Boyle
as Otis Tucker
as Jack Palmer
as Manny Hood
as Ruby Wilson
as Billy Cox
as Eddie `The Expert' Pitts
as Patrick Freeman
as Josie Martin
as Wanda Carter
as Theo Johnson
as Josie Martin
as Ronnie Freeman
as Mrs. Henderson, Herodias
as Soldier No. 1
as Soldier No. 2
as Prop Boy
as Mr. Tippett
as Mr. Henderson
as Picnic Lady
as Bass Guitarist
Critic Reviews for Cookie's Fortune
Most of what transpires is low-key, affectionate comedy and a fair amount of fun.
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.
The deceptively modest Cookie's Fortune may or not be Robert Altman's best film in years, but it is certainly his most pleasurable.
What's so distinctively charming is the easygoing tone, which manages to turn black comedy into a strangely gentle, touching and delicate affair.
Altman's digressive, shaggy-dog style turns out to be well-suited to Southern Gothic.
One well-telegraphed disclosure is heartwarmingly self-congratulatory, the other genealogical bombshell totally inconsequential.
Audience Reviews for Cookie's Fortune
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.
"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.
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.
Cookie's Fortune Quotes
|Jack Palmer:||He died alright about four years later in Alabama, in a button factory accident.|
|Emma Duvall:||A button factory?|
|Camille Orcutt:||Seems the hole poker machine broke loose and fell on him. He had 273 holes in him before they could get it off.|
|Willis Richland:||Well, if anybody's hungry, I got some stuff at home for catfish enchiladas.|
|Lester Boyle:||I'll bet the farm that Willis doesn't have AB negative blood.|
|Otis Tucker:||Now how do you know that?|
|Lester Boyle:||Cause I've fished with him.|
|Lester Boyle:||Break an arm!|