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Film / The Fortune Cookie

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The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 comedy directed by Billy Wilder, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in their first of ten screen pairings.

CBS cameraman Harry Hinkle (Lemmon) is injured when Cleveland Browns player Luther "Boom Boom" Jackson (Ron Rich) collides with him during a game. Harry's injuries are slight, but his brother-in-law, fast-talking attorney "Whiplash Willie" Gingrich (Matthau, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance), sees the chance for a big settlement if Harry exaggerates them. Following is a comedy of deception mixed with the drama of remorse, as Hinkle sees the effects the con has on the guilt-ridden player.




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