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Robert Altman directed this bittersweet ensemble piece about an eccentric and entangled group of family and friends living in the Deep South. Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt (Patricia Neal) is the widowed matriarch of a small-town Mississippi family, which includes her nieces Camille (Glenn Close), a pretentious would-be artist staging an amateur production of Salome at a local church, and Cora Julianne Moore), her less than enthusiastic leading lady. Willis (Charles S. Dutton), the caretaker of Cookie's rambling mansion, tries to persuade her sweet but aimless grand-niece, Emma (Liv Tyler), to move in with her, but she's more interested in her on-again, off-again romance with local cop Jason (Chris O'Donnell). Typical of Altman's work, Cookie's Fortune weaves together a number of different plot lines with relaxed grace, and features an impressive cast, including Ned Beatty, Lyle Lovett, and Courtney B. Vance. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 22, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Julianne Moore Best Supporting Actress 1999 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Julianne Moore Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 1999 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Charles S. Dutton Best Supporting Actor 1999 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Anne Rapp Best First Screenplay 1999 Nominee

Cast

Glenn Close
as Camille Orcutt
Julianne Moore
as Cora Duvall
Liv Tyler
as Emma Duvall
Chris O'Donnell
as Jason Brown
Charles S. Dutton
as Willis Richland
Patricia Neal
as Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt
Ned Beatty
as Lester Boyle
Courtney B. Vance
as Otis Tucker
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
Preston Strobel
as Ronnie Freeman

Crew

Robert Altman
Director
Robert Altman
Producer
Etchie Stroh
Producer
Anne Rapp
Screenwriter
Toyomichi Kurita
Cinematographer
Abraham Lim
Editor
Stephen Altman
Production Designer
David Levy
Co-producer
James Mclindon
Co-producer
Dona Granata
Costume Designer
Mark Weingarten
Sound/Sound Designer
Tommy Thompson
First Assistant Director
Pam Dixon
Casting
Stephen Altman
Second Unit Director
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