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Nobody's Fool is a 1994 comedy-drama film based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Richard Russo.

It stars Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Dylan Walsh, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gene Saks, Josef Sommer, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Philip Bosco.

The movie was adapted and directed by Robert Benton from the novel by Russo.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

It was one of Jessica Tandy's final films.

The movie was filmed in the Upstate New York locations of Beacon, Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, and Hudson.

The setting for both the book and movie, the upstate New York village of North Bath, is based on the village of Ballston Spa, in Saratoga County.

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, All Movie Guide