Nobody's Fool (1994 film)
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|Directed by||Robert Benton|
|Produced by||Arlene Donovan
|Written by||Robert Benton|
|Based on||Nobody's Fool
by Richard Russo
|Music by||Howard Shore|
|Editing by||John Bloom|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||110 minutes|
Nobody's Fool is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Richard Russo. It stars Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gene Saks, Josef Sommer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Philip Bosco. The film was written for the screen and directed by Robert Benton. It was Tandy's final produced film before her death on September 11, 1994. It was released 3 months after her death.
Donald "Sully" Sullivan is something of an oddball in the peaceful and snowy New York village of North Bath. He free-lances in the construction business, usually with his dim-witted young friend Rub by his side, and is often at odds with Carl Roebuck, a local businessman, flirting with Carl's wife Toby openly at every opportunity.
Sully is a tenant in the home of Miss Beryl, whose banker son strongly urges her to kick the boarder out. Family complications of his own develop for Sully with a visit from Peter, his estranged son. While they reconstruct their relationship, Sully strikes up a new one with his young grandson Will.
Jailed for punching a police officer named Raymer who has been persecuting him, Sully's luck seems to be all bad. But in turn his son and grandson warm up to him, his fortune takes a turn for the better and even the lovely Toby expresses a willingness to leave Carl and run away with him. At the end of the film, Sully is pretty much back where he began, boarding at Miss Beryl's, but this time the picture of contentment.
- Paul Newman as Donald "Sully" Sullivan
- Jessica Tandy as Beryl Peoples
- Bruce Willis as Carl Roebuck
- Melanie Griffith as Toby Roebuck
- Dylan Walsh as Peter Sullivan
- Pruitt Taylor Vince as Rub Squeers
- Gene Saks as Wirf Wirfley
- Josef Sommer as Clive Peoples Jr.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman as Officer Raymer
- Philip Bosco as Judge Flatt
- Catherine Dent as Charlotte Sullivan
Nobody's Fool was filmed in the Hudson Valley, New York towns of Beacon, Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, and Hudson. The setting for both the book and movie, North Bath, New York, is based on the city of Gloversville in Fulton County.
The movie debuted strongly.
Nobody's Fool was highly received by critics and maintains a 90% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus, "It's solidly directed by Robert Benton and stacked with fine performances from an impressive cast, but above all, Nobody's Fool is a showcase for some of Paul Newman's best late-period work."
Nobody's Fool was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Newman) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Paul Newman won the Silver Bear for Best Actor award at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival in 1995.
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