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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 Stockard Channing, a screenplay by Stockard Channing 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 Carol Eastman, and to wait for Nicholson's later 1975 incarnation as an archetypal iconoclast in Carol Eastman. As with other late '60s-early '70s period films like Beatty's own Carol Eastman (1967), The Fortune lends an updated sensibility to its old-fashioned milieu, complete with a very modern happy ending. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Stockard Channing New Star of the Year - Female 1975 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Mike Nichols
Director
Mike Nichols
Producer
Don Devlin
Producer
Adrien Joyce
Screenwriter
John A. Alonzo
Cinematographer
David Shire
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Shire
Composer (Music Score)
Stu Linder
Editor
Polly Platt
Production Designer
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
Hank Moonjean
Executive Producer
Anthea Sylbert
Costume Designer
Richard Vorisek
Sound/Sound Designer
Bert Hallberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Bogart
First Assistant Director
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