Nobody’s Fool (1994)

Nobody’s Fool (1994)
  • Time: 110 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Robert Benton
  • Cast: Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith


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 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.

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  • This is a movie for all those who hate pushy salesman and others of their ilk. The production is a gem, but not a flashy one. More like an opal than a diamond. It doesn’t push itself at you, but it hooks you all the same.

    Paul Newman is … well, what can I say? Whatever I chose, it would be inadequate. He is the classiest actor in Hollywood, and this movie proves he hasn’t lost his touch. Supporting cast Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith in really fine, juicy roles giving inspired performances. Jessica Tandy in her final role leaves a rich, feisty memory. Philip Seymour Hoffman is priceless as the dumb cop, providing most of the movie’s out loud laughs.

    A gentle movie, delicately woven, with glorious moments of understated humor. Case in point: the conversation between Sully and Rub sitting on the steps outside Rub’s house. No wish to spoil it for you … watch it for yourself. If you don’t have a darn good chuckle, maybe you should seek professional help.

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