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

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
    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]

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Nobody's Fool boasts the kind of low-key realism on which Newman made his reputation but that, in these days of high-decibel, high-concept fantasy, has become a lost art. [13 Jan 1995, p.3]

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
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)