Nobody's Fool (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  13 January 1995 (USA)
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Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with ... See full summary »



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Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl's young wife Toby. Sully's long- forgotten son and family have moved back to town, so Sully faces unfamiliar family responsibilities. Meanwhile, Sully's landlady's banker son plots to push through a new development and evict Sully from his mother's life. Written by Reid Gagle

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Worn to perfection See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las cosas de la vida  »

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$39,487,686 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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After Nadine (1987), director Robert Benton commented that he desperately wanted to work with Kim Basinger again and so he offered her the role of Toby in this film. She was not able to work it into her schedule, though. He has said that one day he will find a way to work with her again. See more »


When Wirf bends down to kiss Will on the head in gratitude for the return of his wooden leg, Wirf's supposedly missing foot pops into clear view. See more »


[first lines]
Miss Beryl: Mr. Sullivan.
[banging on ceiling]
Miss Beryl: Mr. Sullivan. God just took out Mrs. Gruber's bird bath!
Miss Beryl: [to her husband's picture] He's getting closer Clive. Last year it was the street light at the end of the block, now it's Mrs. Gruber's bird bath. I think God's zeroing in on me. I have the feeling this is the year he lowers the boom.
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Referenced in Czas surferów (2005) See more »


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11 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can feel this movie deep inside. It is a reflection of the type of characters I have known and it relates well to real life situations that every working stiff goes through. Newman easily fits the character of Sully. Haven't most people seen these characters in any town anywhere in this country. The production is well performed by all and has good locations. There is just enough humor in it so that it balances the harder things in life. A chance to laugh at frailties and unsung heroes. I get the feeling that I am right there with these guys and would like to cry in my beer with them. It is worth watching over and over and it could almost become a seasonal classic. I have given this movie to friends as a gift and recommend it highly.

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