Promotional film poster for the film
|Directed by||Robert Altman|
|Produced by||Willi Baer|
|Written by||Anne Rapp|
|Music by||David A. Stewart|
|Edited by||Abraham Lim|
New Films International
|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.
The screenplay was written by Anne Rapp and the film was produced by Willi Baer.
The film was shot on location in Holly Springs.
The film received mostly positive reviews, with a fresh 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.
All songs composed by Stewart, except "Cookie", "Camilla's Prayer" and "Patrol Car Blues" composed by Dulfer and Stewart.