My Old Addiction

The Fortune Cookie

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(out of 5)


This was the first time that  and  were teamed up on screen, and from this point on a legendary cinematic pairing was born. Lemmon plays an unhappily married business man who is persuaded by his money-grubbing brother-in-law to play up a minor injury into a major lawsuit that they could both strike it rich on. The comedy these two produce between them far outweighs anything that director Billy Wilder can come up with as either writer or director, but that isn’t necessarily a criticism. Think of it as a younger, less popular sibling to The Apartment.


The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx-Jalem

USA, 1966

Directed by Billy Wilder

Screenplay by Billy Wilder, 

Cinematography by 

Produced by Billy Wilder

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by


Academy Awards:  1966

Golden Globe Awards:  1966


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