• Nobody's Fool (1994)

Nobody's Fool

Release Date: December 25th, 1994

DVD Release Date: September 9th, 2003

R |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Donald "Sully" Sullivan (Paul Newman) is an expert at avoiding adult responsibilities. At 60, he divides all his time between a local bar and the occasional construction job. When his estranged son, Peter (Dylan Walsh), arrives in town, bringing with him a son of his own and a sob story about his failed marriage, Sully finds himself assuming the roles of both father and grandfather. After a life of unchecked self-indulgence, he wonders if he is up to the task.

Cast: Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Melanie Griffith, Bruce Willis, Dylan Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gene Saks, Josef Sommer

Director: Robert Benton

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Capella International, Cinehaus

Keywords: Rivalry, Bar, Underdog, Growing up, Heartwarming, Charming, Transformation, 1990s, Small town, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    Nobody's Fool functions mostly as a character study, but it's also Benton's elegy to America's endangered small towns. It's a gem. show more

  • 100
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    No doubt about it, Nobody's Fool is endowed with a lot of cinematic smarts - from the star's poise to the director's wiles to a lambent cameo from the late Jessica Tandy. And those smarts, part trickster's magic and part craftsman's guile, work their transforming art to perfection - seldom has a shallow pool looked so refreshingly deep. [13 Jan 1995]

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    It's a simple-seeming but luminous movie, an intelligent, very funny and dead-on small-town comedy-drama adapted and directed by Robert Benton from Richard Russo's gently humorous 1993 novel. [13 Jan 1995, p.C]

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Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama