The Fortune Cookie
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Powered by Walter Matthau's OscarÂ(r)-winning* performance as the quintessential all-American chiseler, The Fortune Cookie is a hysterically funny comedy that showcases filmmaker BillyWilder at his uproarious best. Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) is one lucky guy! When he's accidentally clobbered by a 220-pound halfback, all Harry suffers is a slight concussion. All, that is, until Whiplash Willie (Matthau)a legal scoundrel of the first orderarrives on the scene! For if Harry follows shyster Willie's advice and feigns a crippling injury, the two charlatans can split a cool million in phony insurance claims. But can Willie's world-class finagling dispel those ominous words that lie within the fortune cookie on Harry's hospital plate: You can't fool all of the people all of the time? *1966: Supporting Actor
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Matthau is at his best as the wise-cracking, crass counselor who must keep Harry's conscience from spoiling the ruse. What neither Harry nor Willie count on is the football player Luther "Boom-boom" Jackson (Rich) who hit Harry is tormented by guilt and risks his career to help wheelchair-bound Harry. When his wife shows up, Harry realizes what money can and cannot buy, and must finally come to terms with right and wrong.
This movie gets criticism for being under-edited by some, but even with that it is a gem. As with many movies with these two, it is as poignant as it is funny, and I highly recommend it to any generation.
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