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Fortune Cookie [Widescreen]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 03/06/2001
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The British title of Billy Wilder's classic comedy was ~Meet Whiplash Willie -- for, despite Jack Lemmon's star billing, the movie's driving force is Oscar-winning Walter Matthau as gloriously underhanded lawyer "Whiplash" Willie Gingrich. CBS cameraman Harry Hinkle (Lemmon) is injured when he is accidentally bulldozed by football player Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson (Ron Rich) during a Cleveland Browns game. Willie, Harry's brother-in-law, foresees an insurance-settlement bonanza, and he convinces Harry to pretend to be incapacitated by the accident. To insure his client's cooperation, Willie arranges for Harry's covetous ex-wife Sandy (Judi West) to feign a rekindling of their romance. Harry's conscience is plagued by the solicitous behavior of Boom Boom, who is so devastated at causing Harry's injury that he insists on waiting on the "cripple" hand and foot. Meanwhile, dishevelled private eye Purkey (Cliff Osmond) keeps Harry under constant surveillance, hoping to catch him moving around so the insurance company can avoid shelling out a fortune. Wilder and usual co-writer I.A.L. Diamond were at their most jaundiced and cynical here, even if, after a sardonic semiclimax, the last ten minutes succumb to the sentimentality that often marred Wilder's later movies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Scene Selections

0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/The Accident [6:39]
2. The Brother-In-Law [5:35]
3. The Caper [17:07]
4. The Legal Eagles [7:08]
5. The Chinese Lunch [10:12]
6. The Snake Pit [2:33]
7. The Gemini Plan [2:57]
8. The Torch [:00]
9. The Goldfish Bowl [6:02]
10. Return of Tinker Bell [5:27]
11. The Longest Night [8:22]
12. The Other Blonde [9:17]
13. The Indian Givers [7:19]
14. The Taste Of Money [2:13]
15. The Better Mousetrap [5:48]
16. Final Score/End Credits [8:34]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: March 06, 2001
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: MGM
  • Length: 126 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel (5.1), Monaural
  • Formats: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9), Black & White
  • Discs: 1
  • Languages: English, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • UPC: 027616858931
  • Product ID: 2042767
  • Genre: Comedy

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