The Fortune Cookie


The Fortune Cookie

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Total Count: 24


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An insurance salesman concocts a scheme to cash in on his brother-in-law's injury.


Walter Matthau
as Willie Gingrich
Jack Lemmon
as Harry Hinkle
Ron Rich
as Luther 'Boom Boom' Jackson
Judi West
as Sandy Hinkle
Cliff Osmond
as Mr. Purkey
Lurene Tuttle
as Mother Hinkle
Les Tremayne
as Thompson
Marge Redmond
as Charlotte Gingrich
Harry Davis
as Dr. Krugman
Ann Shoemaker
as Sister Veronica
Ned Glass
as Doc Schindler
Sig Rumann
as Prof. Winterhalter
Archie Moore
as Mr. Jackson
Howard McNear
as Mr. Cimoli
Robert P. Lieb
as Specialist
Martin Blaine
as Specialist
Ben Wright
as Specialist
Judy Pace
as Elvira
Helen Kleeb
as Receptionist
Lisa Jill
as Ginger
Keith Jackson
as Football Announcer
Herb Ellis
as TV Director
Don Reed
as Newscaster
Louise Vienna
as Girl in Teleblurb
Robert DoQui
as Man in Bar
Jon Silo
as Tailor
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Critic Reviews for The Fortune Cookie

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for The Fortune Cookie

  • Apr 05, 2019
    There's a lot of unrealized potential here but it's worth seeing for Matthau's fantastic performance.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2018
    Walter Matthau got an Oscar for his epic portrayal of a sleazy, ambulance chasing lawyer who sees a big payday when his schlub brother-in-law (Lemmon) gets creamed while filming a pro-football game, and the action sizzles whenever he's onscreen. The two subplots don't fare as well: the football player who does the damage, drowning in guilt, and the stereotypical scheming ex-wife who returns for the money. As usual with Billy Wilder, it's the cynical view of the modern man blues that provides the comedy.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Another great comedy from Wilder, this movie is hilarious, fun, and has a great cast. I highly recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2009
    The Fortune Cookie is a brilliant film, cynical and satirical and yet uplifting. Its protagonist (Jack Lemmon) is a cameraman, which allowed director Billy Wilder to insert all kinds of commentary on movie-making, as if he wasn't making comment enough on greed and the "everyone sues everyone for everything" future of capitalist America. An almost prophetic film that features Walter Matthau's break-out role. The division into little chapters didn't really do the film any favours, and from time to time the whole enterprise was beset by a little too much sentiment, but these complaints aren't enough to make this any less than an absolute classic. That Abraham Lincoln's words ring throughout - "you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" - is a testament to exactly what Wilder feared America was to become... a nation of people willing to live an extended lie just to make a quick million. Great, great film.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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