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Nobody's Fool

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Overview

Paul Newman earned an Oscar nomination and won citations from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in this well-drawn comedy-drama. Sully Newman is a 60-year-old man who emotionally seems to have never quite emerged from adolescence; scraping by on part-time work in construction, Sully has built a life around avoiding responsibility. He hasn't spoken with his ex-wife Elizabeth Wilson in years, he lives in a rooming house owned by his eighth-grade teacher ...
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Overview

Paul Newman earned an Oscar nomination and won citations from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in this well-drawn comedy-drama. Sully Newman is a 60-year-old man who emotionally seems to have never quite emerged from adolescence; scraping by on part-time work in construction, Sully has built a life around avoiding responsibility. He hasn't spoken with his ex-wife Elizabeth Wilson in years, he lives in a rooming house owned by his eighth-grade teacher Mrs. Beryl Jessica Tandy, his best friend is a mildly retarded handyman, Rub Pruitt Taylor Vince, and he has a crush on Toby Melanie Griffith, who is half his age and married to Carl Bruce Willis, who sometimes gives him work. One day, Sully nearly runs into his son Peter Dylan Walsh and discovers that he has a grandson he never knew about; for the first time, Sully finds himself thinking that he ought to start behaving like a grown-up -- or at least get to know his family before it's too late. Nobody's Fool also features Gene Saks as Sully's lawyer Wirf, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the overly-enthusiastic Officer Raymer.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The first of two infuriatingly overlooked collaborations in the 1990s between writer/director Robert Benton and actor Paul Newman, this comedy-drama based on a novel by Richard Russo is a cinematic treasure that deserves to be regarded as a late-career classic from both men. In the role of irresponsible handyman Sully, Newman gives what has to be labeled one of his finest performances. His is an extremely tough character to play: a ne'er-do-well reforming before the audience's eyes, an evolving rascal whose outer debility reflects his fractured inner life, and his unwavering sense of humor his thinly disguised heart of gold. He is one of the "grotesques" of Sherwood Anderson or Flannery O'Connor, except that he's every bit as hilarious as he is tragic. The actor has never been better, chewing the scenery with gusto and sincerely seeming to enjoy every minute of it. Benton's script is a masterpiece of comic timing replete with sharply observed character moments, whipsawing into sobering plot developments and back into good-natured humor with accomplished ease. Maybe these veteran artists are just making it all look too easy, but when even Bruce Willis gives an engaging, witty performance, it's clear that the bar has been raised pretty high by everyone concerned. Co-star Jessica Tandy (in one of her final performances) deserved an Oscar, as did Newman, for this woefully little-seen film that deserved all of the accolades it never received. Nobody's Fool (1994) pulls off a major artistic achievement, blurring the line between fiction and the vagaries of real life, never losing its central philosophic idea that it's all heartbreaking and pretty funny at the same time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929313983
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,150

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Margo Martindale Birdy
Jay Patterson Jocko
Alice Drummond Hattie
Page Johnson C. W. Lomax
Carl J. Matusovich Wacker
Richard Mawe Ralph
Jerry Mayer Ollie Quinn
Joe Paparone Rufus
Angela Pietropinto Cass
Marcus Powell Whit
Elizabeth Wilson Vera (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Robert Benton Director, Screenwriter
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
John Bailey Cinematographer
John Bloom Editor
Joe Camp III Asst. Director
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Daniel Davis Art Director
Arlene Donovan Producer
Scott Ferguson Associate Producer
David Gropman Production Designer
Michael Hausman Executive Producer
Danny Michael Musical Direction/Supervision
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
Scott Rudin Producer
Richard Russo Source Author
Howard Shore Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Nobody's Fool
1. Chapter 1 [2:37]
2. Chapter 2 [2:47]
3. Chapter 3 [9:40]
4. Chapter 4 [7:36]
5. Chapter 5 [5:53]
6. Chapter 6 [3:34]
7. Chapter 7 [8:07]
8. Chapter 8 [17:09]
9. Chapter 9 [10:08]
10. Chapter 10 [6:14]
11. Chapter 11 [6:04]
12. Chapter 12 [3:59]
13. Chapter 13 [2:37]
14. Chapter 14 [7:48]
15. Chapter 15 [6:53]
16. Chapter 16 [5:10]
17. Chapter 17 [3:45]
18. Chapter 18 [:00]
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Disc #1 -- Nobody's Fool
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my top 3 favorites

    This movie really hits me. Just a good guy trying to do the right thing. Problem is he doesn't always try very hard and he has (as most) his own perception of what's right. But he does do good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A small little story with a big cast!

    This is one of my favorite films. I love all of the little quirky character and story lines. Paul Newman is wonderful in this role...you are rooting for his Sully to have just one lucky moment in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2003

    One of Paul Newman's Best Performances

    Nobody's Fool is one of Paul Newman's best performances and also one of is most subtle. He really conveys the feeling of a man who has finally realized the mistakes he has made in his life and is making the effort to changes he can. Also very good performances by all the other actors in the film.

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