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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:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las cosas de la vida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,838, 26 December 1994

Gross USA:

$39,491,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,491,975
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally there was to be a scene in the limousine on the way to the funeral. The scene was cut because the director of photography and his team were unable to light the interior of the limousine to their satisfaction. See more »

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As Sully tosses cinder blocks into the back of his truck, the number of blocks goes up, then down, then up again. 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

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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classic Newman
9 July 1999 | by rupieSee 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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