In a town where nothing ever happens... everything is about to happen to Sully.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 24, 2017
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Melanie Griffith & Dylan Walsh|
|Performer:||Bruce Willis, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gene Saks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Catherine Dent, Alice Drummond, Margo Martindale & Josef Sommer|
|Directed by||Robert Benton|
|Edited by||John Bloom|
|Screenplay by||Robert Benton|
|Composition by||Howard Shore|
|Produced by||Scott Rudin & Arlene Donovan|
|Director of Photography:||John Bailey|
|Executive Production by||Michael Hausman|
Rating: 4/4 -- While watching Robert Benton's sublime adaptation of Richard Russo's novel, it's hard to avoid the realization that movies like this have become an endangered species. Full Review
...[Newman] is matched by the film itself, exquisitely directed by [Benton]....Often heartbreaking...
New York Times
Rating: 4/5 -- An old hand at this kind of heart-warming fare, Benton doesn't swamp it with sentimentality, allowing the crumpled charisma of Newman to effortlessly carry the drama. Full Review
...Big-time charm. Paul Newman is no fool for taking this perfect-fit role... -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Newman clearly owns the part of Sully, but there is nary a false or uncertain note struck by anyone in this ensemble cast. Full Review
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
...[NOBODY'S FOOL] fits its star as precisely and personally as a favorite old pair of jeans....[Newman] inspires... -- Rating: A-
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Director Robert Benton captures the droll eccentricity of small-town life without any of the usual phony preciousness. Full Review
Philadelphia Daily News
Paul Newman stars as Donald "Sully" Sullivan in Robert Benton's adaptation of the Richard Russo novel. A 60-year-old part-time laborer who lost touch with the wife and children he abandoned--along with most of his other responsibilities--years ago, he's a marginal but familiar figure in the small town he inhabits in upstate New York. He conducts a mild, ongoing flirtation with Toby Roebuck (Melanie Griffith), the wife of Carl (Bruce Willis), a local contractor who frequently employs Sully (and who Sully's currently suing for worker's compensation). His ready wit, surprisingly sharp observations, and willingness to tweak bad-tempered authority figures are appreciated by the cronies with whom he drinks and plays poker. Things begin to change for Sully when his long-lost son, Peter (Dylan Walsh), arrives in town for Thanksgiving with his family. A college professor recently let go from his job, Peter remains in town with one of his sons after a spat with his wife, and for the first time he and his father get to know one another. Sully also gets to play grandfather to young Will (Alexander Goodwin), an experience he seems to enjoy. As much a portrait of a small town's engaging characters as it is the story of a ne'er-do-well coming to grips with his past, this affecting film features a superbly muted performance by Newman; an outstanding supporting cast, including Jessica Tandy (in her last film), Philip Bosco, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and a funny, rueful script from Benton.
A 60-year-old construction worker in upstate New York deals with life the only way he knows how in this quiet, moving adaptation of Richard Russo's novel.
- Annotation by Kevin Walsh.
- Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actor--Paul Newman and Best (Adapted) Screenplay.