A Creator/RobertAltman film, ''Cookie's Fortune'' takes place in the small town of [[SweetHomeAlabama Holly Springs, Mississippi]]. It's a simple, quiet place with [[GoodOlBoy peaceful, kind residents]]. On the eve of Easter Sunday, pushy community theater director Camille Dixon and her shy sister Cora are shocked to find that their Aunt [[CoolOldLady Jewel Mae "Cookie" Orcutt]] committed suicide. Terrified how this will reflect on the family name, Camille destroys Cookie's suicide note and convinces Cora to help her make it look like a robbery. Once the police are on the scene, their only suspect is Willis Richland, a well-liked local man who also happened to be Cookie's best friend. Everyone is convinced of Willis's innocence, including Cora's estranged daughter Emma who recently returned to town. A visiting investigator takes over the case and is determined to dig up some of the town's best-kept secrets. As Easter Sunday arrives and Camille's play opens, the truth comes out in ways that no one could have ever imagined.
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!! This show provides examples of:

* ABNegative: The other bloodtype found at the crime scene. It ends up [[spoiler: incriminating Camille for Cookie's murder. The police find out that Camille is AB Negative ''and'' a hemophiliac.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Camille, Emma, Cora.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The town has only one attorney and he's a little off. He reads [[spoiler: Cookie's will]] while still wearing his costume from Camille's play.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Cookie's "C" necklace.
** The loose door on the gun cabinet.
** The cut on [[spoiler: Camille's]] finger.
* CryingWolf: [[spoiler: Nobody believes Camille when she tells the truth about Cookie's suicide. Especially after she ''ate'' the suicide note which was the one thing that could prove her innocence.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Cora]] gets revenge on Camille.
* DramaticDrop: When Cookie's death is discovered.
* EatTheEvidence: Camille eats Cookie's suicide note to make her death look like murder.
* EccentricTownsfolk
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Emma finds out her mother is not Cora, but her "aunt" Camille.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Cookie places a pillow over her face before shooting herself in the head. We see a little blood spatter on the wall and the feathers float in the air.
* TheHecateSisters: Camille is the Crone, Cora is the Mother, and Emma is the Madien
* IronicEcho: "Only ''crazy'' people commit suicide."
* LukeIAmYourFather / FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler: Emma discovers that her dreaded Aunt Camille is actually her mother. The police dig up old records that show that Camille nearly died after giving birth...on the same day that Emma was born. Cora provided a blood transfusion that saved Camille's life. Apparently, Camille had moved in with Cora and her husband Donny. One day, Donny disappeared and Camille and Cora took an "extended vacation". When they came back, ''Cora'' had a newborn baby.]]
* ManipulativeBitch: Camille. Especially to Cora.
* MistakenForMurderer: Willis, somewhat. Practically no one believes he killed Cookie. [[spoiler: Camille much more so. Despite having told the truth about what happened, the police don't believe her because she ate the suicide note.]]
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]:
--> '''Emma''': What is ''wrong'' with people?!
* QuirkyTown
* SchoolPlay: Camille directs a local church production of ''Theatre/{{Salome}}''. It has the same aesthetic as a school production.
* ShrinkingViolet: Cora. She's probably been under Camille's thumb her entire life. [[spoiler: Though Cora finally stands up to Camille once and for all in the end of the movie.]]
* SuicideNotMurder
* SwallowTheKey: Camille eats Cookie's suicide note.
* UpperClassTwit: Camille is one.

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