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Nobody's Fool (1994)

3.7 of 5 from 54 ratings
1h 45min
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"Nobody's Fool" is about as sublime a movie as is likely to come out of Hollywood. It's rare to sit through a drama and not feel manipulated, but the feelings generated by Robert Benton's movie are entirely natural, and likely to bring a smile to the heart... Paul Newman gives an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance as Sully, a cantankerous aging man living in a small, snowbound town. With the spirit of a mischievous teenager but the body of a sixty year old, Sully has the kind of infectious presence that, in his own words, "grows on you".
He flutters in and out of work at a construction business run by Carl Roebuck (Bruce Willis, in a fine supporting role), a womanizer who can't stay faithful to his gentle and patient wife (Melanie Griffith). Jessica Tandy, in her final movie role, plays Sully's ex-teacher/landlord, a woman who sees in Sully the man he could have been. Their relationship provides the story with its solid heart. "Nobody's Fool" is as much about regrets as about choices made; as much about the road not taken as the one travelled. It's about families broken apart, and parent/child relationships mended. Quiet and enchanting in its simplicity, "Nobody's Fool" is a joy. Admittedly, it meanders a bit, but that's part of its charm. The intelligent sensitivity of the script, coupled with Newman's powerfully understated performance, make this motion picture special. There aren't many of them like this out there....
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Richard Russo, Robert Benton

1995 Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actor

Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
105 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1

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