Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writer:

Anne Rapp
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Camille Dixon
Julianne Moore ... Cora Duvall
Liv Tyler ... Emma Duvall
Chris O'Donnell ... Jason Brown
Charles S. Dutton ... Willis Richland
Patricia Neal ... Jewel Mae 'Cookie' Orcutt
Ned Beatty ... Lester Boyle
Courtney B. Vance ... Otis Tucker
Donald Moffat ... Jack Palmer
Lyle Lovett ... Manny Hood
Danny Darst Danny Darst ... Billy Cox
Matt Malloy ... Eddie 'The Expert' Pitts
Randle Mell Randle Mell ... Patrick Freeman
Niecy Nash ... Wanda Carter
Rufus Thomas ... Theo Johnson
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Cookie's Fortune unfolds over an eventful Easter weekend in the small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi. The town residents are peaceful, kind folk -- with the exception of Camille Dixon -- a pushy theatre director with an incredibly shy younger sister, Cora, whose estranged daughter Emma has just returned to town. On the heels of her latest play, Camille is shocked to discover that her Aunt Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt has committed suicide. Terrified at the thought of how this will tarnish the family name, she eats the suicide note to make it look like a burglary. This set-up leads the police to one main suspect, Willis Richland, who also happens to be Cookie's best friend. Although the rest of the town is convinced Willis didn't commit the crime, an outside investigator isn't so sure. As Easter Sunday and opening night of the play arrive, the truth comes out, revealing more secrets than anyone could have possibly imagined. Written by Anonymous

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Welcome to Holly Springs... home of murder, mayhem and catfish enchiladas.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for the depiction of a violent act, and for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Robert Altman hired a local theater group to stage a scene from Oscar Wilde's "Salome". He then copied their staging for the rendition of that same scene in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene where the police car backs up and then pulls away, you can see the cameraman's shadow and then also his reflection on the side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Lester Boyle: He's innocent.
Eddie "The Expert" Pitts: And what makes you so sure of that?
Lester Boyle: I've fished with him.
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An excellent film; thoroughly enjoyable, sentimental, but wise.
2 January 2001 | by jack_94706See all my reviews

I'll fess up, Altman ranks high with me and has for a long time. This is far from his best work -- but also far, far above your average bear, er, rather... average film. It has much to recommend; many fine performances, a complex storyline; it will request a little patience from you -- be so kind as to grant it. Patience lies at the heart of this film; not the high-jinks and rapid-fire action of most movies. Kindness gets lost, and many deeper human qualities, too -- when people or a culture push patience out of the way. Altman seems to know this, to celebrate patient people, sensible people. But there are plenty of good jokes, visual, verbal, plot-involved. Relax and laugh, let things develop. You might even laugh pretty hard -- and happily. I suppose this film could be called Capra-esque, and thus old-fashioned, even nostalgic -- not a good fit with the tumult of violence and dishonesty which characterized the media's portrayal of the nineties. Too bad. Rent the video; or buy the video and watch it with your kids and later with the grandkids. People complain about too much violence in the cinema and then ignore a film like this -- and many of these people are critics! Here's the full panoply of human life, young, middle-aged, and elderly, all interesting, all central to the story. What a fine thing!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cookie's Fortune See more »

Filming Locations:

Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,828, 4 April 1999

Gross USA:

$10,920,544

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,920,544
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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