Cookie's Fortune

An uncharacteristic Robert Altman film, but enjoyable for its witty observation of small-town life in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where wealthy widow Patricia Neal is discovered dead.

Her niece (Glenn Close) rearranges the old lady a little to indicate foul play - and to assist her own hopes of inheritance. A manhunt begins to find the 'murderer', with suspicion falling heavily on the odd-job man, except that the sheriff (Ned Beatty) can't believe that any buddy who would go fishing with him could possibly commit murder.

Social issues matter much less than social comedy and the way that character drives behaviour. But the ensemble acting bears the director's hallmark.

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