Nobody's Fool Review
By Christopher Null
Paul Newman is back as the title character of Nobody's Fool. Nobody's Fool is a study of small-town life in upstate New York, focused on Newman as the go-between among a dozen or so townsfolk. Superb performances abound, particularly by Jessica Tandy (in her final role) and Bruce Willis, and even Melanie Griffith as Newman's would-be love interest performs with genuine emotion. Newman steals the show, of course, as the flawed Everyman who chooses to just let life happen and not make a big show of it.
Nobody's Fool is about as good a picture as can be expected to come out of Hollywood these days. It ties up a little too nicely, and tells a pleasant little story without going to the bother of trying to make much of a point. It's satisfying, but if you see the film, don't expect to have too much to say about it. I don't.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 13th January 1995
Distributed by: Paramount Home Video
Production compaines: Capella International, Cinehaus, Paramount Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Fresh: 49 Rotten: 5
Cast & Crew
Starring: Paul Newman as Sully Sullivan, Bruce Willis as Carl Roebuck, Melanie Griffith as Toby Roebuck, Jessica Tandy as Beryl Peoples, Dylan Walsh as Peter Sullivan, Pruitt Taylor Vince as Rub Squeers, Gene Saks as Wirf Wirfley, Josef Sommer as Clive Peoples Jr., Philip Seymour Hoffman as Officer Raymer, Philip Bosco as Judge Flatt, Catherine Dent as Charlotte Sullivan, Alexander Goodwin as Will Sullivan, Carl J. Matusovich as Wacker Sullivan (as Carl John Matusovich), Jay Patterson as Jocko, Jerry Mayer as Ollie Quinn, Angela Pietropinto as Cass, Alice Drummond as Hattie, Margo Martindale as Birdy, Angelica Page as Ruby (as Angelica Torn), Richard Mawe as Ralph, Joe Paparone as Rufus, Shannah Laumeister as Didi, John Leighton as Funeral Director, Kenneth Frawley as Horace Yaney, Marcus Powell as Whit, Frank W. Inness as Garbage Man, Page Johnson as C. W. Lomax, William Raymond Calhoun as Vernon, Bob Heitman as Lawyer from Albany, Drenda Spohnholtz as Girl at the Country Club, Gerry Robert Byrne as Charlie, Anibal O. Lleras as Juror (uncredited), Elizabeth Wilson as Vera (uncredited)