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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 from himself.

Director:

Robert Benton

Writers:

Richard Russo (novel), Robert Benton (screenplay)
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 his 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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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Newman and Philip Seymour Hoffman also appeared in Empire Falls (2005), which is also adapted from a novel written by Richard Russo. See more »

Goofs

When Sully comes home and finds the snowblower gone, Carl's note saying "Nice try, Sully" magically appears attached to the fence. 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

Referenced in Czas surferów (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Near You
Written by Francis Craig and Kermit Goell
Performed by George Jones and Tammy Wynette
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Little movie: Big essence of Paul Newman
8 October 2008 | by brian_r_wrightSee all my reviews

Sure, he's done a lot of other huge movies and lived a full life as a racing driver and a working philanthropist, but to me none of his work in the movies or on stage compares to this perfect swan-song film of 1994, Nobody's Fool. The nice thing about movies is that to appreciate them you only have to receive them: who cares how they come about or who makes it possible? (Tho of course we do care.) What distinguishes Nobody's Fool—not to mention it is literally Jessica Tandy's final film—is how the lead character Donald 'Sully' Sullivan is more like Paul Newman, the real person, than any other he's done (IMHO).

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Brian Wright Copyright 2008


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