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The Fortune (1975)

Two bumbling hustlers in the 1920s attempt to gain the fortune of an heiress. Nothing will stop them, not even murder.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writer:

Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stockard Channing ... Freddie
Jack Nicholson ... Oscar
Warren Beatty ... Nicky Stumpo
Ian Wolfe ... Justice of Peace
Rose Michtom Rose Michtom ... His Wife
Brian Avery ... Airline Steward
Florence Stanley ... Mrs. Gould
Dub Taylor ... Rattlesnake Tom
Catlin Adams ... Girl Lover (as Nira Barab)
Christopher Guest ... Boy Lover
Scatman Crothers ... Fisherman
Tom Newman Tom Newman ... John The Barber
Jim Antonio ... 1st Policeman
Vic Vallaro Vic Vallaro ... 2nd Policeman
Richard B. Shull ... Chief Detective
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Storyline

The early 1900's with its Mann-Act (disallowing women to be transported across State lines for immoral reasons) brings a married man to devise a scheme for taking his upper-class girlfriend away with him... he simply has her marry his unmarried buddy. However, it doesn't take very long before both men start laying claim to her affection... until, that is, she's about to be cut out of her parent's fortune. So, a new scheme is devised, which only adds to their problems, as well as to the sly whimsy of this film. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Sexier than the Marx Brothers, handsomer than Laurel and Hardy but not as smart as The 3 Stooges See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Spite and Malice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Goofs

In the opening scene, where Freddie is kissing Nicky, she lifts her head up and the makeup line can clearly be scene on the bottom of her jaw. See more »

Quotes

Nicky Wilson: [To Frederica who's screaming because Oscar is walking on the plane's wing during flight] Just ignore him.
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Cigarette
(Tango, 1925) (uncredited)
Written by John H. Densmore
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I'm sorry gridoon didn't get the plot. I thought it was hilarious.
28 March 2005 | by stanistreetSee all my reviews

Stockhard Channing must be one of the most underrated comediennes about. This is an hilarious film. gridoon, who found it disappointing, seems to base his critique on the quality of the cast; Nicholson; Beatty & Channing. His expectations were probably pitched too high - and, sure, Five Easy Pieces is amazing, and Bonnie & Clyde is a classic. But The Fortune can stand on its own. It is very funny. The pace is hectic and the storyline has resonances of "It Happened One Night". The difference being that in the "The Fortune", the heroine is kidnapped - a botched attempt by two incompetents (Nicholson & Beatty). The so-called Swedish Syndrome seems to have rooted here, in that the captive falls for her captors & doesn't want to be saved.

This film is well worth putting into DVD format - all Regions, please.


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