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Cookie's Fortune (1999)

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Release Date
• USA: Apr 2, 1999
DVD Release Date
• R1: Nov 16, 1999
• R2: 25 Mar 2002

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for the depiction of a violent act, and for sensuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country USA

Studio Elysian Dreams, Sandcastle 5

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• Cookie's Fortune



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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Investigation, Murder, Law, Police, Farce

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

Plot: Robert Altman revisits the lighthearted territory of his 1970s comedies BREWSTER MCCLOUD and A WEDDING and once again comes out a rousing success. This time, a tightly wound narrative by first-time screenwriter Anne Rapp keeps the laughs rolling as the story 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 (Glenn Close)--a pushy theatre director with an incredibly shy younger sister, Cora (Julianne Moore), whose estranged daughter Emma (Liv Tyler) has just returned to town. On the heels of her latest play, Camille is shocked to discover that her Aunt Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt (Patricia Neal) 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 (Charles S. Dutton), 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 (Courtney B. Vance) 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. Director Altman tells

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 Directed by
Robert Altman
Gosford Park, The Player, MASH
 Written by
Anne Rapp
Dr T and the Women
 Cast
Glenn Close
Mars Attacks!, Air Force One, Dangerous Liaisons
Julianne Moore
The Fugitive, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia
Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Chris O'Donnell
Batman & Robin, Batman Forever, Scent of a Woman
Charles Dutton
Secret Window, Alien 3, Gothika
Lyle Lovett
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Player, The Opposite of Sex
Patricia Neal
Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Hud
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 Music By
David A. Stewart
Showgirls, Beautiful Girls, Around the World in 80 Days



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