Cookie’s Fortune

Cookie’s Fortune unfolds over an eventful Easter weekend in the small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi. The town residents are peaceful, kind folk–with the exception of Camille Dixon (Glenn Close)–a pushy theatre director with an incredibly shy younger sister, Cora (Julianne Moore), whose estranged daughter Emma (Liv Tyler) has just returned to town. On the heels of her latest play, Camille is shocked to discover that her Aunt Jewel Mae “Cookie” Orcutt (Patricia Neal) has committed suicide. Terrified at the thought of how this will tarnish the family name, she eats the suicide note to make it look like a burglary. This set-up leads the police to one main suspect, Willis Richland (Charles S. Dutton), who also happens to be Cookie’s best friend. Although the rest of the town is convinced Willis didn’t commit the crime, an outside investigator (Courtney B. Vance) isn’t so sure. As Easter Sunday and opening night of the play arrive, the truth comes out, revealing more secrets than anyone could have possibly imagined. Director Altman tells his story at a leisurely pace, beautifully recreating the eccentricities of small town life in this sweet-natured tale.

Cookie's Fortune

Title: Cookie’s Fortune

Release Date: 1999

Genres: Comedy, Drama

    Directors: Altman, Robert


  • Close, Glenn as Camille Dixon
  • Moore, Julianne as Cora Duvall
  • Tyler, Liv as Emma Duvall
  • O”Donnell, Chris as Jason Brown
  • Neal, Patricia as Jewel Mae ”Cookie” Orcutt
  • Beatty, Ned as Lester Boyle
  • Vance, Courtney B. as Otis Tucker
  • Moffat, Donald as Jack Palmer
  • Lovett, Lyle as Manny Hood
  • Darst, Danny as Billy Cox
  • Malloy, Matt as Eddie ”The Expert” Pitts
  • Mell, Randle as Patrick Freeman
  • Nash, Niecy as Wanda Carter
  • Thomas, Rufus as Theo Johnson

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