It's next to impossible not to like Paul Newman on screen, so it's atremendous active achievement when he plays an unsympathetic character.Sully, his greatest role since "Hud," depicts Newman at his worst and thusat his best. Tom Hanks was remarkable in "Forrest Gump," but Newman deservedthe 1994 Best Actor Oscar for "Nobody's Fool." The movie's greatness lies inthe relationships between Newman and two other characters. Jessica Tandy iscloser to Newman than her own son, played by Josef Sommer (who it's revealedis a white-collar crook and thus a bigger scoundrel than Sully, whom hedespises). Likewise, Newman connects easier with co-worker Rub than with hisown son, who can't see beyond his father's betrayal during a wayward youth.The reconciliation between Sully and Rub on a back porch may be the greatestof Newman's career ("Peter's my son. You're my best friend," Sully says interms that even the slow-thinking Rub can grasp instantly). Robert Benton,who also directed the heartwarming "Places in the Heart," gives us anequally personal, but more disciplined work. He assembles A-list performers(Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith are magnetic on screen), gives themmarvelous dialogue ("You're a man among men," Griffith tells Newman twice inthe movie but with different meanings) and melts our hearts. But actinghonors go to Newman, whose complex Sully becomes if not loving, then atleast a responsible, functioning, vital member of the human race. And, inthe end, nobody's fool.
Comedy / Drama
Comedy / Drama
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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