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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|
|Edited by||Abraham Lim|
|Distributed by||October Films|
|Box office||$10.9 million|
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 (Liv Tyler). Emma has a love interest in the inept Sheriff's deputy, 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.
- 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
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The film received mostly positive reviews, with a fresh 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- "Wild Women Don't Get The Blues"
- "Camilla's Prayer"
- "The Cookie Jar"
- "Hey Josie"
- "All I'm Sayin' Is This"
- "A Good Man"
- "I Did Good Didn't I?"
- "A Golden Boat"
- "I'm Comin' Home"
- "Willis Is Innocent"
- "Patrol Car Blues"
- "Humming Home"
All songs composed by Stewart, except "Cookie", "Camilla's Prayer" and "Patrol Car Blues" composed by Dulfer and Stewart.
- Cookie's Fortune at the Internet Movie Database
- Cookie's Fortune at Rotten Tomatoes
- Cookie's Fortune at AllMovie
- Cookie's Fortune at the TCM Movie Database
- Cookie's Fortune at Box Office Mojo
- visithollysprings.org, official website of Holly Springs, Mississippi