The Fortune Cookie (1966)

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A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

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  • Jack Lemmon and Judi West in The Fortune Cookie (1966)
  • "Fortune Cookie" Director Billy Wilder 1966 UA / MPTV
  • "Fortune Cookie, The" Walter Matthau 1966 UA
  • "Fortune Cookie" Director Billy Wilder 1966 UA / MPTV
  • "Fortune Cookie" Jack Lemmon signing autographs 1966 UA / MPTV
  • "Fortune Cookie" Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon 1966 UA / MPTV

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26 March 1999 | bwallace-2
| Mix a shyster with a nitwit...
Little-known, but has fine performances by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Lemmon is a not-too-bright sports cameraman who gets knocked over by a football player (Ron Rich) and is persuaded by his crooked, ambulance-chasing brother-in-law lawyer (Matthau) to fake an injury for the insurance money. Lemmon tries to go along with the scam, but is consumed by guilt because the guilt Rich feels for the "injury" is quickly wrecking his life. Added to this is the return of Lemmon's ex-wife (Judi West), with whom he is still obviously in love. He is completely oblivious to the fact she is a gold-digger--in his case, love truly is blind. Everything resolves itself as it should, but not as you might think. It's a funny, dramatic, and touching film.

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