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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)
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

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Taglines:

Worn to perfection See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Josef Sommer and Paul Newman previously appeared in Absence of Malice (1981). 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

Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Call Me Irresponsible
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Patti Page
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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newman's best
23 July 2004 | by swisenerSee all my reviews

It's next to impossible not to like Paul Newman on screen, so it's a tremendous active achievement when he plays an unsympathetic character. Sully, his greatest role since "Hud," depicts Newman at his worst and thus at his best. Tom Hanks was remarkable in "Forrest Gump," but Newman deserved the 1994 Best Actor Oscar for "Nobody's Fool." The movie's greatness lies in the relationships between Newman and two other characters. Jessica Tandy is closer to Newman than her own son, played by Josef Sommer (who it's revealed is a white-collar crook and thus a bigger scoundrel than Sully, whom he despises). Likewise, Newman connects easier with co-worker Rub than with his own son, who can't see beyond his father's betrayal during a wayward youth. The reconciliation between Sully and Rub on a back porch may be the greatest of Newman's career ("Peter's my son. You're my best friend," Sully says in terms that even the slow-thinking Rub can grasp instantly). Robert Benton, who also directed the heartwarming "Places in the Heart," gives us an equally personal, but more disciplined work. He assembles A-list performers (Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith are magnetic on screen), gives them marvelous dialogue ("You're a man among men," Griffith tells Newman twice in the movie but with different meanings) and melts our hearts. But acting honors go to Newman, whose complex Sully becomes if not loving, then at least a responsible, functioning, vital member of the human race. And, in the end, nobody's fool.


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