Cinema: Small Change

THE FORTUNE

Directed by MIKE NICHOLS Screenplay by ADRIEN JOYCE

Oscar (Jack Nicholson) and Nicky (Warren Beatty) would figure very high up on any list of incompetent con men. It takes some of Oscar's and Nicky's own talent for self-destructiveness to bungle a story about their mismanaged capers, and Mike Nichols has spared no effort to this end. The Fortune is a bleak, frostbitten farce, desperate for invention and rather a sham.

The story can be quickly told, although not, unfortunately, by Nichols or his pseudonymous Scenarist Adrien Joyce (Carol Eastman, who wrote Five Easy Pieces). The movie is barely 90 minutes long, but...

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