The Fortune Cookie

1966, Comedy/Drama, 2h 5m

26 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Uniting Jack Lemmon and a never-better Walter Matthau on the screen for the first time, The Fortune Cookie continues director Billy Wilder's winning streak of sweet comedies with a nice snap. Read critic reviews

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While taping a football game, cameraman Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) ends up slightly injured after a collision with star player "Boom Boom" Jackson (Ron Rich). When Hinkle's scheming brother-in-law, lawyer Willie Gingrich (Walter Matthau), catches wind of the incident, he wants Hinkle to feign paralysis to scam the insurance company. Hinkle agrees to the plan, if only to win back his ex (Judi West). But Hinkle's growing friendship with a guilt-ridden Jackson has him questioning the ploy.

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Jack Lemmon
Harry Hinkle
Walter Matthau
Willie Gingrich
Ron Rich
Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson
Judi West
Sandy Hinkle
Lurene Tuttle
Mother Hinkle
Marge Redmond
Charlotte Gingrich
Harry Davis
Dr. Krugman
Ann Shoemaker
Sister Veronica
Ned Glass
Doc Schindler
Sig Ruman
Professor Winterhalter
Archie Moore
Mr. Jackson
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