The Fortune

The Fortune

Director: Mike Nichols Cast: Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Stockard Channing


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Three's a crowd in Mike Nichols's period caper comedy -- or is it? To dodge the 1920s Mann Act barring the transport of women across state lines for "immoral purposes," not-yet-divorced Nicky (Warren Beatty) has felonious buddy Oscar (Jack Nicholson) marry Nicky's runaway heiress sweetheart Freddy (Stockard Channing) so they can all escape New York for Los Angeles. The three set up house together, but trouble starts brewing when odd man out Oscar decides to get Nicky's attention by exercising his rights as a husband to Freddy. Exasperated with being stuck in the middle of the bickering pair, Freddy threatens to donate her impending inheritance to charity, inciting Oscar and Nicky to hatch a plan to bump her off and keep the money. But Freddy just will not die, prompting the three to reconsider the whole arrangement. With a period setting and pair of stellar lead actors similar to the 1973 blockbuster The Sting, a screenplay by Five Easy Pieces author Carol Eastman (under the name Adrien Joyce), and deft comedy director Nichols, The Fortune seemed like a can't-miss proposition. But it resoundingly flopped, as audiences preferred to see Beatty in his earlier 1975 starring role as a racy L.A. hairdresser in Shampoo, and to wait for Nicholson's later 1975 incarnation as an archetypal iconoclast in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. As with other late '60s-early '70s period films like Beatty's own Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Fortune lends an updated sensibility to its old-fashioned milieu, complete with a very modern happy ending.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2015
UPC: 0043396467736
Original Release: 1975
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank: 55,372

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Oscar
Warren Beatty Nicky
Stockard Channing Freddie
Florence Stanley Landlady
Scatman Crothers Fisherman
Richard B. Shull Chief Detective
Ian Wolfe Justice of the Peace
Rose Michtom Wife
Brian Avery Airline Steward
Dub Taylor Rattlesnake Tom
Nira Barab Girl Lover
Christopher Guest Boy Lover
Jim Antonio 1st Policeman
Vic Vallard 2nd Policeman
Joe Tornatore Detective
Kathryn Grody Police Secretary
John Fiedler Police photographer
Thomas Newman John the Barber

Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director,Producer
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Peter Bogart Asst. Director
W. Stewart Campbell Art Director
Don Devlin Producer
George P. Gaines Set Decoration/Design
Bert Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Adrien Joyce Screenwriter
Stu Linder Editor
Hank Moonjean Executive Producer
Polly Platt Production Designer
David Shire Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthea Sylbert Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer

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