The Fortune Cookie

  |  Book Tickets: 12/10/1966
  |  Buy to Own: 22/06/1998
  |  126 min
Rated U by the BBFC


This comedy satire was directed by Billy Wilder, from a script he wrote with I.A.L. Diamond, and saw the first screen pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Lemmon plays Harry Hinkle, a news cameraman who is knocked over while covering a football game and subsequently rushed to hospital. Matthau plays Whiplash Willie, Hinkle's brother-in-law, an unscrupulous lawyer who knows an opportunity when he sees one and tries to persuade Hinkle to fake injury and sue for a million dollars. Hinkle agrees, but will he be able to keep up the pretence? Matthau collected a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance.