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The Fortune (1975)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | October 1975 (UK)
Two bumbling hustlers in the 1920s attempt to gain the fortune of an heiress. Nothing will stop them, not even murder.


Mike Nichols


Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




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


The early 1900s 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 parents' fortune. So, a new scheme is devised, which only adds to their problems, as well as to the sly whimsy of this movie. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Did You Know?


The apartment set in this film was also used in The Day of the Locust (1975). See more »


A character is shown wing-walking on an airplane in flight such that he stands outside a passenger window. Disregarding the question of how he could get from the rear door to the wing, it is impossible because the exterior shots clearly show that the wings are ABOVE the passenger windows. See more »


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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Written by Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti
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2 October 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

A box office failure upon release, it just seems impossible to believe this genuinely hilarious film did not hit with audiences then and now is not the iconic cast and title it deserves to be. Columbia must have been aghast when it didn't set the box office on fire especially given what major stars Nicholson and Beatty were in '75. It is hard to find this film and if you have the time and luck to find a copy, try and also get THE FRONT and THE CHEAP DETECTIVE two other Columbia films around the same time that were reasonable successes and deserve to be major titles in anyone's home library.In Australia each of these films + HIGH ANXIETY suffered from the intro of colour TV and the cinemas all took a nosedive for 4 years 74-78. Very few films in thie period were big hits and cinemas closed in dozens. Pity as so many great films were made then and this comedy genuinely is one.

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English | French

Release Date:

October 1975 (UK) See more »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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