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Cookie's Fortune [Region 2] (1999)

Glenn Close , Julianne Moore , Robert Altman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Writers: Anne Rapp
  • Producers: Robert Altman, David Levy, Ernst Etchie Stroh, James McLindon, Willi Bär
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WCL7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cookie's Fortune [Region 2]" on IMDb

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  • 'Making of' Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Production Notes, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Living in the decayed grandeur of a splendid antebellum house is uninhibited Jewel Mae Orcutt, known by one and all as Coo-kie, including her long time retainer Willis. Coo-kie remains full of spirit, but she's becoming forgetful, that worries the devoted Willis as much as the fact that it's only a matter of time before she can no longer climb up the stairs to her bedroom. For her part, Coo-kie is increasingly overcome with longing for her beloved late husband, Buck. So much so she decides it's time to end it all.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...Cookie's Fortune

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOOKIT! December 17, 2003
This just has to be said:
Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune may very well one of the greatest films ever made. I kid you not! Well. At least one of the finest films of the past decade.
When you watch this film you are viewing the work of a director that is so sure of himself and his abilities and the story that he just sort of let's it happen. It's truly amazing when it hits you. This film plays effortlessly. Like a Mozart composition.
Unpretentious. Deliberate and confident. No single performance stands out or hogs the spotlight. And Altman's cast is top-notch from critic darlings like Glenn Close to fantastic character actors like THE ROCK!
You might not catch it the first time you see it. But. Watch it a few times. Then it'll hit ya!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Altman Ensemble Wins! July 4, 2002
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If you don't like Robert Altman, read no further... Why do you think Altman has the respect that he has? No one today can handle an ensemble cast of pros and make each one look like a star. Who else could've gotten old-pro Patricia Neal out of retirement? If you don't like Altman, you're obviously missing something that the rest of us already know...he's smart! It's no secret that Mr. Altman hates pretense. "MASH", "The Player", "Gosford Park", "Nashville" and on & on...the man has fun poking fun at phonies. "Cookie's Fortune" is no different. Almost exclusively working with original screenplays, he can play his game and say his piece. Anne Rapp's screenplay must've put him in director heaven. Glenn Close is pretty much the centerpiece here, a woman sure of her position and unwilling to bend. She's marvelous and totally unlikeable. The great Ms. Neal is on screen, alas, too short a time. Like an older version of her Oscar-winning role in "Hud", she's tougher than nails, and wonderful. Julianne Moore ditches the glamour, appearing mostly without make-up, belying her well-known beauty. Charles S. Dutton is customarily confident and endearing, as are Liv Tyler & Chris O'Donnell (though a previous reviewer didn't think so). Altman likes using Lyle Lovett, and he's reliable here in a small role. Ned Beatty and, especially, the great Courtney B. Vance fill out the big name cast effectively. Like all Altman films, one must pay attention to the script, because, though leisurely paced, the dialogue flies by. To reiterate the plot would be senseless, but one of my favorite lines was, in reference to the crime scene, they said Close's character has "negative blood"; when Beatty is asked why he's so sure Dutton didn't do it, he, matter-of-factly says "I fish with him!". (This is almost a running gag... Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertainingly Quirky April 19, 2000
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Cookie's Fortune - is definitely not a movie for everyone. But I loved it. This is NOT a fast-paced, noisey movie with tons of special effects. If you're looking for ACTION ... look elsewhere.
What this movie is ... a quietly quirky movie that captured my attention from the beginning. The movie focuses on the rather odd relationships of the characters (most were relatives) in a small "Nothing Ever Happened Here" town in the South. The soundtrack is awesome and fits the look of the movie perfectly.
The movie did leave me wanting to know more about the history & stories behind the characters. I was hoping the movie was based on a book, where I could learn more about each of the main characters, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
You would probably like "Cookie's Fortune" if you liked: "Fried Green Tomatoes" , "The Spitfire Grill", or even "Steele Magnolias". I suspect it falls under the category of a Chic-Flick.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Says lawyer Jack Palmer to Emma Duval, explaining the fate of her long gone father, a man she was told years ago had died while doing missionary work in Africa after he'd left his family. "He died alright, about four years later, somewhere down in Alabama in a button factory accident. Seems the hole poker machine broke loose and fell on him. They say he had 273 holes in him before they could get it off."

After all that Emma and her friend Willis Richland have experienced in Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune, it seems perfectly natural when Emma cries out in exasperation, "Willis, what is wrong with all these people?"

The important point is that they all are part of a movie of great ease and geniality. Cookie's Fortune may be a little sentimental, perhaps, but it is so sweet-natured and natural, and so skillfully presented, that I think the film ranks among Altman's most accomplished works...even if what powers it is an old lady blowing her brains out.

Jewel Mae Orcutt -- Cookie (Patricia Neal) - is aging and increasingly infirm, and she longs for her deceased husband, Buck. When she decides to use one of Buck's pistols to join him, she sets off the avarice of her niece, Camille Dixon (Glenn Close), who pulls along her slow-witted sister, Cora Duval (Julianne Moore). Camille is determined that no hint of a suicide will scandalize the family name, so she makes things look like a burglary gone bad. And, unintentionally, makes it look as if Willis Richland (Charles S. Dutton), a close friend of Cookie's who had worked around the house for her, must have done the deed. Well, there's no way Emma Duval (Liv Tyler) an unconventional young woman who is seriously estranged from her mother, Cora, and her aunt, is going to buy that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Was not able to view movie. Format was wrong.
Published 11 days ago by Carolyn Sampson
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Out Of 10
A great movie that unfortunately gets overlooked. Good story, good cast, good acting and all in layed back southern feel.
Published 16 days ago by Gary Arden Sellick
1.0 out of 5 stars cookies fortune
can not play on our vcr...
Published 1 month ago by Donna Ratliff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by valariel.reid-turbat
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT a comedy
In Robert Altman's steamy little tribute to Southern Gothic, greedy self-centered Camille unintentionally frames herself for the murder of her Aunt "Cookie" and then... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beth Bailey-Kingdon
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could obtain a DVD of this movie.
this one of my favorite moves!!! I love it but cannot order it because ilt is priced to high. The copy I ordered was made for European DVD player. It was useless to me.
Published 4 months ago by Mary Lee Scalf
1.0 out of 5 stars A good movie suitable for family viewing.
excellent cast and story line;could be people that you know.A down-home,totally believable movie.The portrayal of relationships was spot on and realistic.
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn Francisco
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this one!
Intensely entertaining! A great one! A great one! Wonderful! Packed full! just great! Intensely entertaining! A great one! Wonderful! I would recommend this one!
Published 4 months ago by Heartieone
1.0 out of 5 stars It does not work
I received a copy of Cookie's Fortune and it does not work. Is there a way to get a DVD that does work?
Published 5 months ago by Erin Ridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing-Why Would You Sell Without a Warning?
I can't play it since it was a Region 2. Why would you sell it knowing that it was not usable on equipment common in the US. Should I have known? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sue Ellen
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