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The Fortune

By Marshall Fine

It sounded like such an obviously successful combination: director Mike Nichols, stars Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson, and a highly touted newcomer named Stockard Channing. But this slapstick comedy rarely gets off the ground, despite the prodigious efforts of all concerned. Beatty and Nicholson play a pair of would-be sharpies in the Roaring '20s who hit upon a scheme to marry and murder a high-strung heiress (Channing) for her money. Nothing goes right, however, including the part where it's supposed to be funny. The most amusing component is Nicholson, as a frizzy-haired, pencil-mustached dimwit given to wild-eyed rages. More typical, however, is a snit Channing throws, in which she sums up how miffed she is by referring to the two male leads as "you damned poo-poo heads!"

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Director: Mike Nichols

Stars: Stockard Channing, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Scatman Crothers

Released: May 20, 1975

Availability: VHS


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