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Favorite Lemmon/Matthau flick
Hilarious throughout. It's easy to see why Matthau's performance won him a much deserved Oscar. Although we have become inured to slimy lawyers (especially relevant these days), Matthau's shyster character is still acerbic 52 years later. Lemmon and supporting cast are top-notch. I laugh so hard at "The Snake Pit" segment, even after watching many times over the years. I feel this great comedy is Billy Wilder's most underrated film, and I urge people who haven't seen it to check it out. You won't be disappointed!
the vote is in..
not only did walter Matthau win the academy award for this..but he also was voted by me..people magazine sexiest man of 1966. now the 60s can riot..with joy.
The Fortune Cookie (1966) on DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I, for one, would like to have this comedy classic on DVD. It was directed by Billy Wilder and it stars Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in their first onscreen collaboration. Plus, the movie won Matthau an Academy Award for best supporting actor.
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
- Mr. Blandings
Good premise and build up, but the movie falls flat toward the end. Worth watching once, however, if only for Matthau's engaging performance.
The Fortune Cookie
- Dashiell Barnes
A delightfully hilarious film. This film marked the first pairing of Lemmon & Matthau, who won an Academy Award for his supporting performance. Present are screenwriter's Wilder & Diamond's cynicism, but emerging from this film is Wilder's more romantic exploration of relationships. A great, must-see comedy. I give it a 4.5/5.
Great Good Fortune
- My Boy Bart
My boy's favorite of all time
Fun and Funny!
I saw this for the first time several years ago and it's become one of my favorite comedies from the '60s. It has a great ensemble cast, local Cleveland Browns flavor, and Walter Matthau demonstrates his comedic genius--the scene where he puts the opposing lawyers "on hold" while he "checks his schedule" makes me laugh to the point of tears every time!It's a great weekend-afternoon movie to enjoy with some popcorn and another movie fan who appreciates some well-done stuff from the Master, Billy Wilder.
Insurance Fraud for Dummies.
- Frank Harris Horn
Billy Wilder's biting comedy caper marks the first pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Lemmon is a TV sports cameraman, who gets knocked out during a Cleveland Browns home football game, and his shyster lawyer-brother-in-law (Matthau; Best Supporting Actor Oscar) conjures up a phony lawsuit to collect a $1 million insurance policy, but a pair of private detectives are hired by a rival law firm to get evidence that the whole thing is a fraud. This is the first of ten films Lemmon and Matthau appeared together in. With Ron Rich, Judi West, Cliff Osmond, Noam Pitlik, Lurene Tuttle, Marge Redmond, Les Tremayne, Ben Wright, Sig Rumann, Harry Holcombe, Ned Glass, Harry Davis & Archie Moore.
Bill Wilder takes on insurance companies.
In this spoof of insurance companies and on morals..Network Tv cameraman"Harry Hinkle"(Jack Lemmon)is injured by a football player.And he is tricked into an accident policy scam by his crooked lawyer brother in law"Willie"(Walter Matthau).The plot is brilliant,the casting perfect and the music score lush.BTW:Walt Matthau won an oscar for his performance in this movie.
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
- Jay Higgins
Classic film, with an outstanding cast - everyone is fantastic and the supporting cast is unusually strong. Excellent writing, great story and screenplay. Excellent score.