Promotional film poster for the film
|Directed by||Robert Altman|
|Produced by||Willi Baer|
|Written by||Anne Rapp|
Charles S. Dutton
|Music by||David A. Stewart|
|Editing by||Abraham Lim|
|Studio||New Films International|
|Distributed by||October Films|
|Running time||118 minutes|
Cookie's Fortune is a 1999 criminal comedy film directed by Robert Altman and starring an ensemble cast, including Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Patricia Neal, Charles S. Dutton and Chris O'Donnell.
When a small Mississippi town's wealthy dowager Jewel-Mae "Cookie" Orcutt (Neal) tires of her widowed life, she decides to take one of her late-husband Buck's pistols from the gun cabinet and kill herself.
She is discovered by her pretentious playwright niece, Camille (Close), and Camille's eccentrically odd and adorably shy younger sister, Cora (Moore), who plot to set the suicide up as a murder to preserve the family's reputation and ensconce themselves in the family mansion. The family of eccentrics is rounded out by Cora's wayward outlaw of a daughter, Emma (Tyler). Emma has a love interest and inept jailer, Jason (O'Donnell).
The key suspect is Willis (Dutton), Cookie's handyman, who happens to have cleaned the guns the night before Cookie's death.
What follows is a tale of how a shocking incident casts a ripple among a group of small-town oddballs.
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The film was shot on location in Holly Springs, where many of the homes from the film are still present,[when?] including Cookie's home.
- Glenn Close as Camille Dixon
- Julianne Moore as Cora Duvall
- Liv Tyler as Emma Duvall
- Chris O'Donnell as Jason Brown
- Ned Beatty as Lester Boyle
- Courtney B. Vance as Otis Tucker
- Charles S. Dutton as Willis Richland
- Patricia Neal as Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt
- Donald Moffat as Jack Palmer
- Lyle Lovett as Manny Hood
- Danny Darst as Billy Cox
- Matt Malloy as Eddie "The Expert" Pitts
- Randle Mell as Patrick Freeman
- Niecy Nash as Wanda Carter
- Rufus Thomas as Theo Johnson
- Ruby Wilson as Josie Martin
- Preston Strobel as Ronnie Freeman
- Ann Whitfield as Mrs. Henderson / Herodias
The film received mostly positive reviews, with a fresh 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
See also 
- Cookie's Fortune at the Internet Movie Database
- Cookie's Fortune at Rotten Tomatoes
- Cookie's Fortune at AllRovi
- Cookie's Fortune at the TCM Movie Database
- visithollysprings.org, official website of Holly Springs, Mississippi