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Nobody's Fool Details


Paul Newman earned an Oscar nomination (and won citations from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Berlin International Film Festival) for his performance in this well-drawn comedy-drama. Sully (Newman) is a 60-year-old man who emotionally seems to have never quite emerged from adolescence; scraping by on part-time work in construction, Sully has built a life around avoiding responsibility. He hasn't spoken with his ex-wife (Elizabeth Wilson) in years, he lives in a rooming house owned by his eighth-grade teacher Mrs. Beryl (Jessica Tandy), his best friend is a mildly retarded handyman, Rub (Pruitt Taylor Vince), and he has a crush on Toby (Melanie Griffith), who is half his age and married to Carl (Bruce Willis), who sometimes gives him work. One day, Sully nearly runs into his son Peter (Dylan Walsh) and discovers that he has a grandson he never knew about; for the first time, Sully finds himself thinking that he ought to start behaving like a grown-up -- or at least get to know his family before it's too late. Nobody's Fool also features Gene Saks as Sully's lawyer Wirf, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the overly-enthusiastic Officer Raymer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 23, 1994


Awarded by
National Society of Film Critics Paul Newman Best Actor 1994 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Paul Newman Best Actor 1994 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Paul Newman Best Actor 1994 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Paul Newman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1994 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Newman Best Actor 1994 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Paul Newman Silver Bear for Best Actor 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Benton Best Adapted Screenplay 1994 Nominee


Paul Newman
as Sully
Jessica Tandy
as Miss Beryl
Bruce Willis
as Carl Roebuck
Melanie Griffith
as Toby Roebuck
Dylan Walsh
as Peter
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Rub Squeers
Gene Saks
as Wirf
Josef Sommer
as Clive Peoples Jr.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Officer Raymer
Philip Bosco
as Judge Flatt
Margo Martindale
as Birdy
Jay Patterson
as Jocko
Jerry Mayer
as Ollie Quinn
Angela Pietropinto
as Cass
Alice Drummond
as Hattie
Richard Mawe
as Ralph
Joe Paparone
as Rufus
Marcus Powell
as Whit
Page Johnson
as C. W. Lomax
Elizabeth Wilson
as Vera (uncredited)
Joe Paparone
as Rufus
Alice Drummond
as Hattie
Page Johnson
as C. W. Lomax
Richard Mawe
as Ralph
Marcus Powell
as Whit
Angela Pietropinto
as Cass
Jerry Mayer
as Ollie Quinn


Robert Benton
Scott Rudin
Arlene Donovan
Robert Benton
Richard Russo
Book Author
John Bailey
Danny Michael
Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
John Bloom
David Gropman
Production Designer
Scott Ferguson
Associate Producer
Michael Hausman
Executive Producer
Gretchen Rau
Set Designer
Joseph G. Aulisi
Costume Designer
Joe Camp III
First Assistant Director
Ellen Chenoweth