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Writers (WGA):
Richard Russo (novel)
Robert Benton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 January 1995 (USA) See more »
In a town where nothing ever happens... everything is about to happen to Sully. See more »
Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Robert Benton 
Writing credits
Richard Russo (novel)

Robert Benton (screenplay)

Produced by
Arlene Donovan .... producer
Scott Ferguson .... associate producer
Michael Hausman .... executive producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
David Gropman 
Art Direction by
Dan Davis 
Set Decoration by
Gretchen Rau 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Makeup Department
Dale Bach-Siss .... makeup artist: Bruce Willis
Roy Bryson .... hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist: Ms. Griffith (as Alan Dangerio)
Naomi Donne .... makeup artist: Ms. Griffith
Kim Santantonio .... hair stylist: Bruce Willis
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist: Mr. Newman
Production Management
Gerry Robert Byrne .... post-production supervisor
Gerry Robert Byrne .... unit supervisor
Michael Hausman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Camp III .... first assistant director
Chitra F. Mojtabai .... second assistant director
Richard Oswald .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rand Angelicola .... scenic artist
Mark Bachman .... scenic artist
Michael L. Benson .... set dresser (as Michael Benson)
Ed Check .... assistant art director
Daniel Finn .... construction grip
David Scott Gagnon .... set dresser
Peter Gelfman .... lead man
Franklyn Gottbetter .... construction shop manager
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Brent Haywood .... construction foreman
Jennifer Krause .... camera scenic artist
Jessica Lanier .... assistant set decorator
Martin Lasowitz .... assistant property master
Byron K. Lovelace .... set dresser (as Byron Lovelace)
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator (as Kenneth D. Nelson)
Susan Paley .... art department coordinator
Robert Topol .... master scenic artist
M. Tony Trotta .... camera scenic artist
Rick Butler .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Will Scheck .... greensperson (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Sofia Dillot .... apprentice sound editor
Jane McCulley .... adr editor
Danny Michael .... sound mixer
Eytan Mirsky .... assistant sound editor
James H. Nau .... assistant adr editor
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Schmetterling .... boom operator
Anthony Starbuck .... cableperson
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor (uncredited)
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Dan Korintus .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rodman Kiser .... special effects assistant (as Rod Kiser)
Tom Ryba .... special effects
Michael Brockman .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Gregg Smrz .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... first assistant camera
Greg Addison .... electrician
Robert M. Andres .... rigging grip (as Bob Andres)
Robin Brown .... first assistant camera
Don Cerrone .... first company grip
Eugene C. DePasquale .... grip (as Eugene De Pasquale)
Kenneth Fundus .... dolly grip (as Ken Fundus)
Joseph Grimaldi .... electrician
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Jonathan Herron .... camera operator
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera Steadicam
Jeremy Knaster .... assistant chief lighting technician
Zbignew Kuros .... location grip
Dominique Levy .... camera trainee
Bobby Mancuso .... second assistant camera
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Peter A. Mian .... video assist operator (as Peter Mian)
Mike Moyer .... chief lighting technician
Bill O'Leary .... chief lighting technician
Charles Quinlivan .... rigging grip
John Raugalis .... rigging electrician (as John Rugalis)
Bobby Vercruse .... electrician
Lee Vercruse .... electrician
Paul Volo .... grip
Paul Wachter .... second company grip
Lamont Crawford .... grip (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Rick Marroquin .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kim Davis-Wagner .... extras casting (as Kimberly Davis)
Jenny R. Evans .... extras casting assistant
Avy Kaufman .... additional casting
Jill Greenberg Sands .... casting associate
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Carrabs .... costumer
Kendall Errair .... costume supervisor
James Hammer .... assistant costume designer (as Jim Hammer)
Benjamin Wilson .... costume supervisor (as Ben Wilson)
Editorial Department
Terry Hager .... color timer (as Terry Haggar)
John Steele Hill .... assistant film editor
Antonia Van Drimmelen .... associate editor
Music Department
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
John Kurlander .... music mixer
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer
Mitch Miller .... musician: "Silver Bells"
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Nic Ratner .... assistant music editor
Simon Rhodes .... assistant recording engineer
Liz Schrek .... music production coordinator
Howard Shore .... conductor
Howard Shore .... orchestrator
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor
Transportation Department
Francis Connolly Jr. .... transportation captain
Timothy Shannon .... transportation co-captain
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation coordinator (as James P. Whalen Jr.)
Ted Schambers .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Laura Berning .... location assistant
Maria T. Bierniak .... assistant location manager (as Maria Bierniak)
Karen Cahill .... craft service
John 'JR' Craigmile .... payroll accountant (as John 'J.R.' Craigmile)
Robert DaGasta .... production assistant
Timothy Donohue .... production assistant (as Tim Donohue)
Liz Dykhouse .... assistant production accountant
Beau Flynn .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Marisa Forzano .... assistant: Mr. Benton
Raul Gutierrez .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
John A. Johnston .... location foreperson (as John Johnston)
Lisa Layer .... assistant: Ms. Donovan
Sondra Lee .... dialogue coach
Ian MacGregor .... production assistant
Eric Myers .... publicist (as Eric Meyers)
Anne Nevin .... production coordinator
Darice O'Mara .... assistant: Mr. Newman
Evan Perazzo .... production assistant
Angela Quiles .... assistant production coordinator
Derick Richards .... production assistant
Peter Riche .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Matthew Salvato .... production assistant
Martin Solomon .... typographer
Robin Squibb .... script supervisor
Vincente Stasolla .... production assistant
Daniel Strol .... location manager
Catherine Talese .... production assistant
James Traynor .... production assistant (as Jay Traynor)
Matilde Valera .... production accountant (as Matilde P. Valera)
Henry Wolf .... title designer
Frank D. Woodward .... caterer (as Frank Woodward)
Andrew Zolot .... production assistant
Eric Zuckerman .... production assistant
Chris Bagnall .... location assistant (uncredited)
Stephen J. Eads .... assistant: Bruce Willis (uncredited)
Willo Hausman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Lamkin .... caterer (uncredited)
Michael Mendelsohn .... production financing (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr voice group (uncredited)
Marsha Rorales Gordon .... thanks
Clara Lou Gould .... thanks
John Johnson .... thanks
Richard Russo .... special thanks
Jessica Tandy .... dedicatee
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for some language and nudity
110 min
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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 »
Continuity: 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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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
And yet ANOTHER great performance by Paul Newman, 20 January 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Paul Newman is "Nobody's Fool" in this 1994 film also starring Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Newman magnificently portrays Sully, a 60-year-old man living in a small town in upstate New York. He has a bad knee; he's suing his boss, the hard living Carl Roebuck (Bruce Willis) for back wages; he flirts with the boss' wife Toby (Melanie Griffith); he rents from his old school teacher Beryl Peoples (Jessica Tandy) who depends on him; he plays poker and drinks at the local bar; and he plays the Trifecta every day. When his son Peter (Dylan Walsh) comes to town, Sully has to come face to face with the man he abandoned as a child, as well as his ex-wife. (The scene where he sneaks out of her house as everyone screams at each other is a riot.) He gets to know his little grandson, bonding with him as he never did the boy's father. Sully, who in his own way has been taking care of a lot of people in town - and driving some other ones crazy - learns the importance of a family connection and what it entails.

A marvelous script, a marvelous cast, great direction by Robert Benton - "Nobody's Fool" is a small movie with a big message about life. Newman portrays Sully with all of his complexities. He's more a son to Beryl than her own son. He takes care of his workmate Grub (Pruitt Taylor Vance) as he never did his own son. He is there for Toby as she talks about Carl's infidelities, but he was never there for his own wife. What's most wonderful about the script is how character-driven it is and how all its messages come out of the characters. The audience is not beaten over the head with them. When Sully speaks bitterly about his late father, he turns to Peter and says, "That's what you'll say about me when I'm gone." "You were gone, dad," Peter says. "I've already said it." Yet the two men try, without ever verbalizing that they are trying. He's there for Tandy, without a sentimental scene.

Tandy is excellent as a woman who fears the loss of her independence, and fans of Nip/Tuck will get a kick out of seeing Dylan Walsh as he was 14 years ago with his mop of hair. He does very well in his role. Bruce Willis is amazing - relaxed, funny, cheating with a smile. Philip Seymour Hoffman, before stardom hit, has a hilarious role as a policeman trying to nail Sully and not having much luck.

You can't really call what Newman does acting because you won't catch him doing it - he just IS Sully. He creates an unforgettable character in this must-see film.

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