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The Fortune Cookie (1966) Movie Information

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Billy Wilder


Jack Lemmon
Walter Matthau
Ron Rich
Judi West
Cliff Osmond
Lurene Tuttle





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When a cameraman is knocked out during a football game, his ambulance-chasing lawyer brother is quick to file suit before he can awaken. When he finally learns the truth, he's against the suit, until it brings his ex-wife back in his life. Feigning injury to keep her around, he goes ahead with the suit but may change his mind when he sees how it affects the player who originally hit him. -- Chris Kavan

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Yojimbo 09/24/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Another likeable Matthau/Lemmon vehicle, but it lacks the resonance of Wilders best efforts.

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Ichabod Crane 04/27/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A great comedy about a fake injury and the ultimate shyster played perfectly by Walter Matthau. The film was just fun to watch for me, in that I liked seeing all their various stunts to attempt to pull off their phony law suit. The comedy made me laugh therefore it was good. This one interestingly worked better than expected because it is slightly serious with the moral dilemma one character has but since it does not get too absorbed in that it works.

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Allison 12/24/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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Even though the Matthau-Lemmon duo is funny, I wasn't expecting much, because you never hear about this movie!! However, it was really good and remains among my top Billy Wilder favorites and is probably his funniest.

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TheWolf 08/20/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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Hard to believe this was the first Lemmon/Matthau movie. Those two were born to work together, like Laurel and Hardy. Only Wilder could write and direct so brilliant a comedy and then be so lucky to have Jack and Walter make it so perfect. But that really doesn't matter, since the movie is so absolutely great.

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