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superb film. Favourite quotes...


Superb film...absolutely superb.

I strongly recommend to any one thinking of getting this out on video/dvd to do so...

one of my favourite quotes not in the "quotes" section is from where the two private eyes just overheard Willie Gingrich say something calculated in the bugged room:

Private eye#1: Hey! Do you think he's telling the truth?
Private eye#2: Wow. This guy is capable of anything.


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My favourite quote from the film is when that nurse brings food to the room and Gingrich wants her to leave cause his friend is there with "the stuff". The way he asks for a cup of tea is hilarious and I die laughing when he says "Pleeeeeeease" to the nurse. The face he puts is incredible. You know that I think he actually looks like her while saying that?

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I have several favorite quotes from this brilliant movie! Here are just a few :)

Harry: You can fool all of the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time!

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Harry: She drinks like a fish and smokes in bed! That's not if she is crawling around the room, trying to one of find her contact lenses! (*I just love it when he describes Sandy trying to find one of her contacts!*)



"Look at that! Look how she moves! That's just like Jell-O on springs!" - Daphne

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One line I get a chuckle out of is when Willie's kids ask Willie for a dime. Willie asks what for? The boy explains he wants to put the money in a donation box and his daughter says "its for unwed mothers," and Willie says "Unwed mothers...well I'm for that."

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I like when Willie asks the doctor how long he's been out of medical school, and the doctor replies, "Five months," to which Willie replies, "That long?" (condescendingly) and the doctor indignantly goes, "Sir!"

Question: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Answer: He'd chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

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my favorite line is when the two private investigators are becoming frustrated with not getting any good material, and the second one says to the first one:

"I shouldve listened to my mother and become a bookie."

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My favorite line is when Sandy (the great Judi West) says:

"Harry could find a loophole in the 10 commandments."

In the final script, published in a book with "The Apartment", this was said to be an apparently ad-libbed line, one of the very few.

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thats my favorite quote as well






When there's no more room in hell, The dead will walk the earth...

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As only Matthau could deliver it:

"Now look, Sister, I asked you to pray for him...but we don't want any miracles."

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Me three



The past is never dead. It's not even past.

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The movie has a great flow to it!


"Why don't you kids go play on the freeway?"

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I'm his brother-in-law, Sister. And this is his mother, Sister, and this is my wife, his sister, Sister.

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"These insurance guys think they're so smart. They don't realize that everytime they build a better mousetrap, the mice get smarter too."




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Abraham Lincoln -- great president, lousy lawyer.


Clarence Darrow -- great lawyer, lousy dresser.

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Willie: Is it okay if I smoke?

Doctor: Personally I quit the habit, so if you have to, blow a little of it my way.

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great one.


"Hipness is not a state of mind, it's a fact of life!" - Cannonball Adderley

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Every time Willie says "Shut up, Mother!"

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Excuse the mess, my secretary got married. Ten years ago, to me.



- A point in every direction is the same as no point at all.

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