The Fortune (1975)

The Fortune (1975)




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Three's a crowd in Mike Nichols's period caper comedy -- or is it? To dodge the 1920s Mann Act barring the transport of women across state lines for "immoral purposes," not-yet-divorced Nicky (Warren Beatty) has felonious buddy Oscar (Jack Nicholson) marry Nicky's runaway heiress sweetheart Freddy (Stockard Channing) so they can all escape New York for Los Angeles. The three set up house together, but trouble starts brewing when odd man out Oscar decides to get Nicky's attention by exercising his rights as a husband to Freddy. Exasperated with being stuck in the middle of the bickering pair, Freddy threatens to donate her impending inheritance to charity, inciting Oscar and Nicky to hatch a plan to bump her off and keep the money. But Freddy just will not die, prompting the three to reconsider the whole arrangement. With a period setting and pair of stellar lead actors similar to the 1973 blockbuster The Sting, a screenplay by Five Easy Pieces author Carol Eastman (under the name Adrien Joyce), and deft comedy director Nichols, The Fortune seemed like a can't-miss proposition. But it resoundingly flopped, as audiences preferred to see Beatty in his earlier 1975 starring role as a racy L.A. hairdresser in Shampoo, and to wait for Nicholson's later 1975 incarnation as an archetypal iconoclast in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. As with other late '60s-early '70s period films like Beatty's own Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Fortune lends an updated sensibility to its old-fashioned milieu, complete with a very modern happy ending.
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Florence Stanley
as Mrs. Gould
Richard B. Shull
as Chief Detective
Thomas Newman
as John the Barber
John Fiedler
as Police photographer
Scatman Crothers
as Fisherman
Dub Taylor
as Rattlesnake Tom
Ian Wolfe
as Justice of the Peace
Rose Michtom
as His Wife
Brian Avery
as Airline Steward
Nira Barab
as Girl Lover
Vic Vallard
as 2nd Policeman
Christopher Guest
as Boy Lover
Jim Antonio
as 1st Policeman
Vic Vallaro
as 2nd Policeman
Joe Tornatore
as Detective
Kathryn Grody
as Police Secretary
George Roberts
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Fortune

All Critics (5)

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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fascinating mess. Far better than its reputation suggests.

August 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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May 15, 2006
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Fortune

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

Nicholson and Beatty form a really funny duo.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


One of Jack Nicholson's early movies around the time of Easy Rider. Nicholson and Beatty make a good team in this topsy turvy comedy.


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