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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 & 8 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 »

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Trivia

Bruce Willis' part only took 22 days to film. See more »

Goofs

When Peter and his family are in the car, the position of Charlotte's hand on the back of Peter's seat changes between shots. 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 »


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The Nearness of You
Written by Ned Washington and Hoagy Carmichael
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User Reviews

No Fooling Around.
4 August 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Paul Newman's (Oscar-nominated) amazing performance as a small-town man who tries to bring his somewhat meaningless life together is a real triumph in this fine motion picture from director Robert Benton. Newman is exploited throughout by boss Bruce Willis, but takes it all in stride as he flirts with Willis' beautiful wife (Melanie Griffith). When son Dylan Walsh and his family moves back to town, Newman must finally come to terms with his family and take responsibilities that he has ignored for the duration of his life. Jessica Tandy shines in her swan song. A really great homage to Newman, one of Hollywood's very best from any era. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nobody's Fool 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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