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Nobody's Fool (1994)

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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 »



(novel), (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Carl J. Matusovich ...
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Jerry Mayer ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Worn to perfection See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$39,487,686 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Newman and Bruce Willis previously appeared in The Verdict (1982). Similarities about both projects is the fact Willis went uncredited on both films (he was an extra in that film); Newman received Oscar nominations as Best Actor in a Leading Role for both films, and both were adapted from novels. See more »


When Will is wrapped with his father's coat his left arm is sticking out. When the camera angle changes his arm is covered. 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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Bouquets by Christine... florist for Hattie's funeral at St.Luke's cemetery in Beacon, NY See more »


References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


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Written by Alan Tew
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classic Newman
9 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Newman uses a lifetime of acting experience to give a burnished, affecting portrayal of Sully, a dysfunctional father and husband who is basically well-intentioned but has never been able to connect with anyone or live up to his responsibilities. His family arrives back in town and he begins the long-delayed process of reconnecting with his son and grandsons.

Like "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge" of a few years back, this is a low-key, slice-of-life drama, a type of film that can be deadly dull in the wrong hands but which in this case, under director Robert Benton's guidance, and aided by a fabulous script and wonderful cast, is totally engrossing.

The script is spare and lean and all the more effective for that. It never goes for heavy emotional effects, but makes its points in a powerfully understated way. The many moments of humor stand out in high relief. Excellent acting all around (this was one of Jessica Tandy's last films; also in the cast are Bruce Willis, a better actor than he is generally given credit for, and Melanie Griffith). The feeling of life in a down-at-the-heels northeast U.S. town in midwinter is superbly brought across; the movie has a real 'lived-in' atmosphere.

A definite A+.

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