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Nobody's Fool (1994)

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A stubborn man past his prime reflects on his life of strict independence and seeks more out of himself.

Director:

Robert Benton

Writers:

Richard Russo (novel), Robert Benton (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Sully
Jessica Tandy ... Miss Beryl
Bruce Willis ... Carl Roebuck
Melanie Griffith ... Toby Roebuck
Dylan Walsh ... Peter
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Rub Squeers
Gene Saks ... Wirf
Josef Sommer ... Clive Peoples, Jr.
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Officer Raymer
Philip Bosco ... Judge Flatt
Catherine Dent ... Charlotte
Alexander Goodwin ... Will
Carl J. Matusovich Carl J. Matusovich ... Wacker (as Carl John Matusovich)
Jay Patterson ... Jocko
Jerry Mayer ... Ollie Quinn
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

In a town where nothing ever happens... everything is about to happen to Sully. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las cosas de la vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Beacon, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$39,487,686
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

2nd teaming of Paul Newman & Melanie Griffith. The 1st time was The Drowning Pool (1975). See more »

Goofs

During strip poker scene, Carl's hands change position when he tells Sully he left something for Sully at Boudin Street. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Bouquets by Christine... florist for Hattie's funeral at St.Luke's cemetery in Beacon, NY See more »

Connections

References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Whiskey, Wine and Roses
Written by Bill Reveles
Performed by A.J. Elliott
Courtesy of Roughrider Entertainment, Inc.
By Arrangement with Justice Music Corporation
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why i like it
11 December 2006 | by fairjumperSee 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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