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‘Nobody’s Fool’ Trailer: Tiffany Haddish is Out of Jail and On the Prowl

Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018 by Ben Pearson

Tiffany Haddish is a busy woman. Following her breakout role in last year’s mega-hit comedy Girls Trip, the hilarious actress/comedian parlayed her newfound fame into a leading role on the TBS series The Last O.G., and she’s also appearing in a trio of movies this year, including a new one for Paramount called Nobody’s Fool. Check out the first trailer below, which sees Haddish as a former jailbird who learns a shocking secret about her high-powered sister’s relationship.

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There’s definitely an art to tailoring a comedy around a specific performer, especially one who’s become a full-blown sensation in the public eye. It can feel effortless when done correctly, or it can go horribly wrong if the filmmakers strike the wrong balance. Look at Melissa McCarthy‘s filmography for perfect examples of things going right (Spy) and wrong (Tammy). It looks like Tyler Perry got it right this time.

Oh, did I not mention that earlier? Yeah, this is a Tyler Perry movie. Perry wrote and directed this film, but I would never have guessed that based on this trailer. It looks like he’s put aside his moralizing, religious-adjacent schtick here and crafted a vehicle for Haddish and her co-stars to do their thing. (That bit at the end with Whoopi Goldberg and the window made me chuckle.)

It’s wild how someone can go from relative unknown to household name practically overnight. Following her scene-stealing performance in Girls Trip, Haddish has a supporting role in the NBA-players-in-old-man-makeup movie Uncle Drew this year, and she’ll also be sharing the screen with Kevin Hart in a more traditional comedy called Night School. Haddish performed stand-up comedy around the country for years before she hit the big time, so I’m glad to see her capitalizing on her newfound success and finally cashing in after struggling for so long.

Here’s the official synopsis for Nobody’s Fool, which stars Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley, and Whoopi Goldberg:

Trying to get back on her feet, wild child Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by the book sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) to help her get back on track. As these polar opposites collide — with hilarious and sometimes disastrous results — Tanya discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life — including her mysterious boyfriend — may not be what it seems.

Nobody’s Fool arrives in theaters on November 2, 2018.

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“Nobody’s Fool” is a gentle, flavorsome story of a loose-knit, dysfunctional family whose members essentially include every glimpsed citizen of a small New York town. Fronted by a splendid performance from Paul Newman as a spirited man who has made nothing of his life, Robert Benton’s character-driven film is sprinkled with small pleasures; the dramatic developments here don’t take place in the noisy, calamitous manner that is customary these days.

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“Nobody’s Fool” is a gentle, flavorsome story of a loose-knit, dysfunctional family whose members essentially include every glimpsed citizen of a small New York town. Fronted by a splendid performance from Paul Newman as a spirited man who has made nothing of his life, Robert Benton’s character-driven film is sprinkled with small pleasures; the dramatic developments here don’t take place in the noisy, calamitous manner that is customary these days. Inherent modesty of the undertaking, rare in a studio project, will make it difficult for Paramount to carve out a prominent profile for it in the Christmas rush. But with some luck the pic could coast quietly through the holidays, and, if encouraged, possibly build an audience in midwinter.

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Newman’s Sully is the odd man out in North Bath, N.Y., a fitfully employed, 60-year-old construction worker and handyman who is reduced to boarding with his elderly eighth grade teacher, Miss Beryl (Jessica Tandy); pursuing futile legal action assisted by a lawyer, Wirf (Gene Saks), who never wins a case; and having the village idiot, Rub Squeers (Pruitt Taylor Vince), as his best friend.

His closest soul mate is probably the sexy Toby (Melanie Griffith), and Sully still fancies himself enough of a ladies’ man to half-seriously imagine that he might have a chance of a tumble with her. But she’s married, however unhappily, to Carl (Bruce Willis), the stingy manager of Tip Top Construction, and this, along with the rather gaping age difference, might just be too much to overcome.

Narrative bridges the holidays beginning at Thanksgiving, which accentuates the aloneness, not only of Sully, but of many other individuals in the run-down town. Miss Beryl is at increasing odds with her son Clive Jr. (Josef Sommer), a businessman who hopes to build a huge, economy-boosting theme park nearby. Toby, Wirf and Rub are mostly left to their own devices, and even Sully’s college professor son, Peter (Dylan Walsh), who arrives in town married with two boys, not having seen his father in years, is soon cast out of his family nest.

Unemployable in any seriousway due to his bum knee and irascible manner, Sully begs Carl for work and, when he is refused, takes to stealing the younger man’s snow blower, which he must do repeatedly since Carl always takes it back.

Whether dealing with his would-be boss or blood kin, Sully wears his reputation for irresponsibility lightly. But no one has suffered nearly as much due to his immature behavior as he has: He’s come this far in life without taking care of business, notably his own, and it soon ap-pears that he may have but one more chance.

After the apparent randomness of the opening reels, which portray Sully’s cheerfully adversarial relationship with much of life, Benton has adapted Richard Russo’s novel in such a way that the film accrues strength through the sprouting of carefully planted seeds. Sully’s long-running feud with the local cop finally lands him in jail, and a visit to what had been his childhood home, now boarded up, ends up providing some hope for the future.

As things turn out, events and people’s fates are determined by small but decisive acts of generosity that make all the difference. Sully’s entirely unwarranted optimism is rewarded in unexpected ways, which does not excuse the laxness with which he’s lived his life until now but does support the theory that change for the better is always possible, that hope should never be extinguished. This theme is not laid on with a trowel in typical Hollywood inspirational fashion, but understatedly. Film’s impact is thus light, but appealing all the same.

Playing 10 years younger than his real age with no problem, Newman delivers one of his most engaging performances in years. Portraying the sort of old coot to be found in every small town, the actor brings great zest to his unusual role of a man who refuses to consider himself a loser despite six decades of evidence to the contrary, someone who still takes adolescent delight in behaving like a prankish bad boy, a misfit whose spirit has somehow not been chopped down by life’s disappointments. It’s a strong role that Newman makes even richer.

Just about everyone else on hand shines as well. In her second-to-last role, Tandy, as Sully’s thoughtful landlady, has some ominous initial lines, saying, “I’ve got a feeling God’s creeping in on me. I’ve got a feeling this is the year he’ll lower the boom.” She’s very good, as always, and the film is dedicated to her.

Willis, who curiously is not billed in the front credits nor in the print art , is the highlight of the strong supporting cast, delivering a tangy turn as the exasperated company boss who’s awfully good at saying no. Griffith is appealingly relaxed and easygoing under Benton’s direction as Willis’ wife; Saks has some amusing moments as the sad-sack attorney; and Elizabeth Wilson turns up uncredited as Newman’s ex-wife.

The gray atmosphere of an Eastern town in dead of winter is unerringly captured with the help of locations in various towns, David Gropman’s deliberately tattered production design and John Bailey’s elegant, unfussy lensing. Howard Shore’s score is also a solid plus.

Production: A Paramount release presented in association with Capella Intl. of a Scott Rudin/Cinehaus production. Produced by Rudin, Arlene Donovan. Executive producer , Michael Hausman. Directed, written by Robert Benton, based on the novel by Richard Russo.

Crew: Camera (DuArt color; Deluxe prints), John Bailey; editor, John Bloom; music, Howard Shore; production design, David Gropman; art direction, Dan Davis; set decoration, Gretchen Rau; costume design, Joseph G. Aulisi; sound (Dolby), Danny Michael; associate producer, Scott Ferguson; assistant director, Joe Camp III; casting, Ellen Chenoweth. Reviewed at Paramount Studios screening room, L.A., Dec. 5, 1994. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 110 min.

With: Sully – Paul Newman
Miss Beryl – Jessica Tandy
Carl Roebuck – Bruce Willis
Toby Roebuck – Melanie Griffith
Peter – Dylan Walsh
Rub Squeers – Pruitt Taylor
Vince Wirf – Gene Saks
Clive Peoples Jr. – Josef Sommer
Officer Raymer – Philip Seymour Hoffman
Judge Flatt – Philip Bosco
Birdy – Margo Martindale
Jocko – Jay Patterson
Will – Alex Goodwin

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Nobody’s Fool

Duration: 110 min

Quality: SD

Year: 1994

IMDb: 7.4

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Nobody’s Fool

“Nobody’s Fool” is a gentle, flavorsome story of a loose-knit, dysfunctional family whose members essentially include every glimpsed citizen of a small New York town. Fronted by a splendid performance from Paul Newman as a spirited man who has made nothing of his life, Robert Benton’s character-driven film is sprinkled with small pleasures; the dramatic developments here don’t take place in the noisy, calamitous manner that is customary these days.

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“Nobody’s Fool” is a gentle, flavorsome story of a loose-knit, dysfunctional family whose members essentially include every glimpsed citizen of a small New York town. Fronted by a splendid performance from Paul Newman as a spirited man who has made nothing of his life, Robert Benton’s character-driven film is sprinkled with small pleasures; the dramatic developments here don’t take place in the noisy, calamitous manner that is customary these days. Inherent modesty of the undertaking, rare in a studio project, will make it difficult for Paramount to carve out a prominent profile for it in the Christmas rush. But with some luck the pic could coast quietly through the holidays, and, if encouraged, possibly build an audience in midwinter.

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Newman’s Sully is the odd man out in North Bath, N.Y., a fitfully employed, 60-year-old construction worker and handyman who is reduced to boarding with his elderly eighth grade teacher, Miss Beryl (Jessica Tandy); pursuing futile legal action assisted by a lawyer, Wirf (Gene Saks), who never wins a case; and having the village idiot, Rub Squeers (Pruitt Taylor Vince), as his best friend.

His closest soul mate is probably the sexy Toby (Melanie Griffith), and Sully still fancies himself enough of a ladies’ man to half-seriously imagine that he might have a chance of a tumble with her. But she’s married, however unhappily, to Carl (Bruce Willis), the stingy manager of Tip Top Construction, and this, along with the rather gaping age difference, might just be too much to overcome.

Narrative bridges the holidays beginning at Thanksgiving, which accentuates the aloneness, not only of Sully, but of many other individuals in the run-down town. Miss Beryl is at increasing odds with her son Clive Jr. (Josef Sommer), a businessman who hopes to build a huge, economy-boosting theme park nearby. Toby, Wirf and Rub are mostly left to their own devices, and even Sully’s college professor son, Peter (Dylan Walsh), who arrives in town married with two boys, not having seen his father in years, is soon cast out of his family nest.

Unemployable in any seriousway due to his bum knee and irascible manner, Sully begs Carl for work and, when he is refused, takes to stealing the younger man’s snow blower, which he must do repeatedly since Carl always takes it back.

Whether dealing with his would-be boss or blood kin, Sully wears his reputation for irresponsibility lightly. But no one has suffered nearly as much due to his immature behavior as he has: He’s come this far in life without taking care of business, notably his own, and it soon ap-pears that he may have but one more chance.

After the apparent randomness of the opening reels, which portray Sully’s cheerfully adversarial relationship with much of life, Benton has adapted Richard Russo’s novel in such a way that the film accrues strength through the sprouting of carefully planted seeds. Sully’s long-running feud with the local cop finally lands him in jail, and a visit to what had been his childhood home, now boarded up, ends up providing some hope for the future.

As things turn out, events and people’s fates are determined by small but decisive acts of generosity that make all the difference. Sully’s entirely unwarranted optimism is rewarded in unexpected ways, which does not excuse the laxness with which he’s lived his life until now but does support the theory that change for the better is always possible, that hope should never be extinguished. This theme is not laid on with a trowel in typical Hollywood inspirational fashion, but understatedly. Film’s impact is thus light, but appealing all the same.


Playing 10 years younger than his real age with no problem, Newman delivers one of his most engaging performances in years. Portraying the sort of old coot to be found in every small town, the actor brings great zest to his unusual role of a man who refuses to consider himself a loser despite six decades of evidence to the contrary, someone who still takes adolescent delight in behaving like a prankish bad boy, a misfit whose spirit has somehow not been chopped down by life’s disappointments. It’s a strong role that Newman makes even richer.

Just about everyone else on hand shines as well. In her second-to-last role, Tandy, as Sully’s thoughtful landlady, has some ominous initial lines, saying, “I’ve got a feeling God’s creeping in on me. I’ve got a feeling this is the year he’ll lower the boom.” She’s very good, as always, and the film is dedicated to her.

Willis, who curiously is not billed in the front credits nor in the print art , is the highlight of the strong supporting cast, delivering a tangy turn as the exasperated company boss who’s awfully good at saying no. Griffith is appealingly relaxed and easygoing under Benton’s direction as Willis’ wife; Saks has some amusing moments as the sad-sack attorney; and Elizabeth Wilson turns up uncredited as Newman’s ex-wife.

The gray atmosphere of an Eastern town in dead of winter is unerringly captured with the help of locations in various towns, David Gropman’s deliberately tattered production design and John Bailey’s elegant, unfussy lensing. Howard Shore’s score is also a solid plus.

Production: A Paramount release presented in association with Capella Intl. of a Scott Rudin/Cinehaus production. Produced by Rudin, Arlene Donovan. Executive producer , Michael Hausman. Directed, written by Robert Benton, based on the novel by Richard Russo.

Crew: Camera (DuArt color; Deluxe prints), John Bailey; editor, John Bloom; music, Howard Shore; production design, David Gropman; art direction, Dan Davis; set decoration, Gretchen Rau; costume design, Joseph G. Aulisi; sound (Dolby), Danny Michael; associate producer, Scott Ferguson; assistant director, Joe Camp III; casting, Ellen Chenoweth. Reviewed at Paramount Studios screening room, L.A., Dec. 5, 1994. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 110 min.

With: Sully – Paul Newman
Miss Beryl – Jessica Tandy
Carl Roebuck – Bruce Willis
Toby Roebuck – Melanie Griffith
Peter – Dylan Walsh
Rub Squeers – Pruitt Taylor
Vince Wirf – Gene Saks
Clive Peoples Jr. – Josef Sommer
Officer Raymer – Philip Seymour Hoffman
Judge Flatt – Philip Bosco
Birdy – Margo Martindale
Jocko – Jay Patterson
Will – Alex Goodwin

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A Look Back at “Nobody’s Fool” – Part Two

Picking up from where we left off in Part One, in the Matteawan section of Beacon:

25. Main Street, Beacon
I lucked out here! I just walked up the street from the Tip Top Construction site when, rounding the corner, a red Ford pickup truck appeared – Sully’s vehicle updated to 2015! I knew that my camera wasn’t properly set for this scene but I didn’t have time to adjust. I snapped away and fortunately I got some usable images.

26. Main Street, Beacon
Sully’s truck rounds the bend in East Main Street, affording a good view of the Howland Cultural Center. At right scaffolding is set-up in front of blank storefronts, suggesting slowly-progressing renovations in North Bath. Of also-almost-serendipitous note in the present day photograph is the name on the taxi cab. Richard Russo has authored several books about post-industrial small towns, including “Empire Falls.”

27. Tioronda Avenue, Beacon.
Sully makes the left-turn down Tioronda Avenue to the office of the Tip Top Construction Company. This time he meets Carl in the Annex across the street from the brick office building. In the background are the coal silos of the Garret-Storm Company, built in 1931 to store anthracite coal for home heating.

28. Tioronda Avenue, Beacon.
Sully and Will walk into the Annex. In the background is the Rothery File Works/Ellrodt & Lynch Silk Mill.

29. Sully’s House, Cliff Street and Beacon Street, Beacon
At the Annex, Sully tries to get some work from Carl. Carl won’t give Sully the job he wants, but he suggests they go look at Sully’s old house on “Bowdon Street.” They go inside for a quick look, leaving Will outside. A few trees have been lost here too, as have the gate pillars (movie props?). I’d love to know the story of this house.

30. Cliff Street and Beacon Street, Beacon
The view across the street from the front stoop of Sully’s house. Sully hasn’t been in his childhood home, where he witnessed (and once was the recipient of) domestic violence, in years, and it is a ruin. Carl suggests that wrecking the house by neglect is Sully’s way of getting back at his father. Carl offered to buy the the wood flooring from Sully, but he realizes he doesn’t even want the money that is associated with bad memories – he tells Carl to just take the lumber and give the work to Peter and Rub.

31. Looking east towards Matteawan and Mount Beacon, Main Street, Beacon
Beacon has since replaced its streetlights with “historic-looking” light posts. Also in the last 20 years a plethora of street trees have sprouted on Main Street. Street trees are not only a source of shade but they are now often associated in municipal planning with safer neighborhoods and lower crime rates, a reversal of earlier thoughts about urban plantings. Beacon is one of the Hudson River towns that has most successfully revitalized its Main Street.

32. Saint Francis Hospital, Hastings Drive, Beacon
In this scene Sully picks up Miss Beryl at Saint Francis Hospital (real name and movie name) where she was admitted after suffering a stroke at home.

33. Saint Francis Hospital, Hastings Drive, Beacon

34. Saint Francis Hospital, Hastings Drive, Beacon

35. Sully’s House, Cliff Street and Beacon Street, Beacon
Sully returns to his old house where he is supervising Rub on the removal of the old flooring for Carl. Peter arrives with some beers. Rub, increasingly agitated with Peter’s presence (and attention from Sully), takes a beer and throws it against the house before storming off.

36. Broad Street, Fishkill.
Sully takes off in his pickup truck to track down Rub, literally – he drives down the sidewalk right behind Rub. The big tree at right has been cut down and replaced with a new planting.

37. Broad Street, Fishkill.
The brick building at right is the Blodgett Memorial Library.

38. Broad Street, Fishkill.
Following the sequence depicted here, Sully’s attempt to reconcile with Rub is interrupted by Office Raymer who stops his police car at the end of the sidewalk. Sully stops, then proceeds again while Officer Raymer exits his vehicle and fires his gun. Sully, amazed that Raymer actually fired his pistol, gets out of the truck and punches Office Raymer.
The real shutters on this house (at least the upper floor shutters appear to have been real) have been replaced by fake shutters. Quite symbolic of many changes in the Hudson Valley, really everywhere, that have occurred in the last twenty years. So much authenticity lost and replaced with lesser-quality, or non-functional/just-for-looks, materials. Maybe one day there will be an historic district consisting of vinyl-sided houses.

39. Police Department, Main Street, Beacon.
Sully is, of course, sentenced to a few days in jail for assaulting a police officer. Peter sees him off, and is assigned to look after Sully’s responsibilities, including buying Rub his jelly donuts. Formerly a bank, this was not the actual City of Beacon Police Department in 1994. It is now Dim Sum GoGo Restaurant.

40. North Bath Savings Bank, Main Street, Beacon
While Sully is in jail, a number of significant events occur in town. Clive Jr. received a phone call at his bank desk on Christmas Eve from one of the financiers of his big development, the one that will resurrect North Bath, who informs Clive he is backing out of the promised (but not contracted to) investment. Clive leaves town. Actually a bank in 1994, the Bank of New York, it is now a Chase bank.

41. Main Street, Beacon
As Clive leaves the bank, an adjacent building is shown with a neon Rexall drug store sign – a movie prop I have read, just like the Iron Horse sign. The book version of Nobody’s Fool specifically mentions a Rexall’s.

42. Hattie’s Funeral, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery, Wolcott Avenue, Beacon
Also while in Sully was in jail, Hattie passed away.

43. Hattie’s Funeral, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery, Wolcott Avenue, Beacon
Sully arrived at the funeral to act as pallbearer and he heard the news that the Great Escape fell through, and that Clive Jr. left town. Sully also found out that his trifecta came in – of course Sully was not around to place his bets.

44. Hattie’s Funeral, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery, Wolcott Avenue, Beacon

45. Hattie’s Funeral, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery, Wolcott Avenue, Beacon

46. North Street, Beacon.
Sully drives up North Street towards Rub’s House in one of Beacon’s most photogenic locations with the 1912 Carroll Hat factory in the background.

47. Rub’s House, North Street, Beacon
Sully and Rub reconnect in an especially poignant scene on the front steps of Rub’s asphalt-shingled gem of a house. I have previously reviewed that sequence on the blog. Clearly, that scene could not be filmed at this house today.

48. The Iron Horse Bar, South 7th Street, Hudson
Late in the movie, during a game of poker in the back of the Iron Horse, Toby arrives and announces she is leaving Carl, telling Sully she’s got two plane tickets to Hawaii. Sully gentlemanly declines Toby’s offer and she drives away uphill past the Horse on the snow-encrusted street.

49. Miss Beryl’s House
Sully heads back into the Iron Horse and makes Peter call his estranged wife on the payphone (while the song “Near You” by George Jones and Tammy Wynette plays in the background on the jukebox) and they make plans to reconnect. Sully also learns that Miss Beryl paid the back taxes on his Bowdon Street house and that Peter placed his trifecta bet while he was in jail. He returns late to Miss Beryl’s House and tells her that he fixed the front railing, and Miss Beryl goes into the kitchen to make him a cup of tea at last. Sully doesn’t drink tea but here we learn that she asks him throughout the movie if he’d like some tea, not because she is crazy or forgetful but, because she thinks that one day he’ll change his mind and say yes – a concept that seems novel and appealing to him. Sully falls asleep in her chair, and Miss Beryl lets in Carl’s security dog, “broken” and now adopted by Sully,

50. Miss Beryl’s House
The film ends with a moment of contentment for Sully who, whether he is stubborn or a “man of conviction,” “‘never does anything right,’ in reality virtually everything he does, at least within the confines of the movie’s timeline, is right“. On the surface the story might seem to just be about small town characters with big-time dreams, but “Nobody’s Fool” leaves the viewer wondering about any person’s “freedom to choose, whether it really exists, and whether we have ourselves to blame for our predicaments or some other force.”
I’m no film connoisseur and I don’t know how this movie rates among the masses, but I know I like it a lot. Nobody’s Fool has been described as “one of those films that you stumble across on cable on a Sunday afternoon and wonder, ‘How did I ever miss this?’“, but it’s been one of my favorite movies for years. And if you’ve read this far and if you share our “sense of place” for the Hudson Valley, you’ll probably like it too!

If you liked this concept then you may want to head over to Scouting NY for Then-And-Now comparisons of movies filmed in New York City. Similarly, Pop Spots NYC has tracked down many famous album cover art locations.

BONUS:
This is like the part where you stick around through the end credits. There are a few scenes that I have not identified. If you can identify them, let me know. To make it worth your while, I’ll send an old black-and-white print of some random Hudson Valley Ruin from my decade-plus old pile of outtakes (since these are the outtakes of this post) to the first person(s) to correctly ID any of these locations. To claim a print, I’ll need a corresponding modern-day photo and the street & town names – an address alone won’t suffice – that confirms and compares with the images below. Consider it a participatory contest. OK, good luck exploring and let’s see some photos!

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A scene from the opening montage.

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Another scene from the opening montage.

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This one will be tough to compare since many condos look alike nowadays, but this location stepped in as Carl Roebuck’s housing development.

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This one will be especially hard to locate, but I think we can match it up with the mountains in the background and the road curve in the foreground.

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This was Sully’s ex-wife’s house.

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And just for kicks, this was someone’s TV in the movie. Remember, this film was set around 1993-1994. Did anyone have a TV like this in 1994? I guess it may not have been that rare, heck, my TV now, which I almost never use anyway, is from 1990.

17 Responses to A Look Back at “Nobody’s Fool” – Part Two

Great piece. My wife’s theatre company now owns The Beacon Theatre in the background along Main. Nice seeing it.
Bonus #3 is located along Route 52 in the Town of Fishkill in Brinkerhoff. You are going east towards East Fishkill and the M&T Bank Corporate offices are right after it on the same side. Billboard is still there.

Thank you for the reply and info!

Picture 5 that you were not able to locate I believe is on Elmwood Ave in Poughkeepsie.

Thanks so much all this info. I had the pleasure of visiting the Iron Horse about four years ago, and I am sad that it is now closed. I love this movie so, so much, because it captures the feel of the region so accurately. I was born in upstate NY –Potsdam. I moved to Rochester when I was 10; back to Potsdam when I was about nineteen. Then moved to Chapel Hill, NC when I was 35—25 years ago. I always go back up north in the summer for a few weeks, and at the holidays in December for a few weeks. I usually spend the bulk of my time in the Southern Adirondacks/Saratoga area. The day I went to find the Iron Horse, it was snowing–it was just like a scene in the movie. I remember having 7 ounce pony bottles of Budweiser, and getting a picture of me sitting at the bar.

Here’s one thing that I would like to find out–what about the interior shots of the Iron Horse? I think that–other than a pool sequence, there was no other interior shots from the Iron Horse. I suspect that there might be a couple locations for those shots–there were the various primary bar shots, then there was that last sequence at the end with the booths in the rear, where Sully’s son has that “brave moment” with the prosthetic leg. Then there was that scene where Sully gets his grandson an ice cream sundae. Do you have any idea about where these places might be?

thanks again. I might make another pass through the area when I head back north next week.

The owner of the Iron Horse, the late Mr. Frank Martino, told me that almost all interior shots of the bar were taken elsewhere. Also the Iron horse bar has been used in two other movies

Thanks for the info!

[Fall, 2016] My husband and I just watched this movie–again. Third time? Fourth time? And so we were delighted to find your website. Fascinating all the changes that have occurred, and I applaud the way you captured the then-and-now of buildings and scenery. Must have taken a great deal of patience!

Like you, we would love to know the history of “Sully’s childhood house.” Doesn’t seem possible they could have retrofitted the improved house to make it look so decrepit.

Anyway, kudos to you for this great site!

Thank you! I appreciate your kind words. It was a lot of fun to take the photos and write this post.

This is one of my favorite movies of all time, I love to see it over and over again. This is such a great site, love the way you have past and present photo’s. So glad i found it, one day I will have to visit there. By chance you don’t know what happened to the old Ford truck do you? My Dad had that same model, in fact he used to build them.

Thanks! I appreciate your interest in this post. And sorry, I don’t know what happened to the truck.

Thank you for this website. You’re so right about the movie. I totally missed it when it was released in the theaters. I don’t remember how I first came to watch it but ever since, it’s been in my top 10 for movies. Bruce Willis was a pleasant surprise. I’ve always be a movie trivia buff and was using GoogleEarth to find the filming locations on my own but this site made it so much easier. Where is Miss Byrl’s home located?

Scene#1 appears to have the right topography for Hudson.

The billboard in number 4 is easy. It’s Rt. 52 in Fishkill, just west of the East Fishkill town line. They closed 52 while filming Peter driving to Bath. My wife and I owned Rainbow Pools, just down the road, and we watched the filming from our store. The billboard is still there. Different ad of course.

I believe the 2nd unknown picture from opening credits is taken from the rear of Carl and Tobys house. If you look on google maps theres a website for the Botsfird Briar a bed and breakfast that is in the house and its the same view of river and same mountains in the photo

I absolutely love this page! Thank you. Nobody’s Fool was my favorite movie of all time and I thank you for sharing these locations and stories. I just finished reading Richard Russo’s sequel “Everybody’s Fool” and it was funny and just as great as the first book and movie. He brings all the great characters back in the new book. If they ever make “Everybody’s Fool” into a movie, I really hope they get actor Rutger Hauer to play and “aged to perfection” Sully. He is the only actor out there that would be convincing playing Sully and taking over Paul Newman’s role. I can’t imagine anybody else more suited for the role that actor Rutger Hauer. One can just go look at pictures of Rutger Hauer today online and one can visualize him being convincing as Sully. Anyways, thank you for this page!

I haven’t a clue where my remarks will end up or even get to the person that created this blog. All I can say is that I have seen hundreds and hundreds of movies in my life time , some very memorable but Nobody’s Fool has become a part of my life. I am so addicted to this movie and I don’t really know why. I must watch all of it or just certain parts every week no matter what, whether I am up or down it helps me in some way. I even sometimes read the book (which is very detailed), and then for some crazy reason quickly watch the movie thinking that possibly somehow I missed something in a scene, but I never do. My wife seems to think I have finally ended up “falling of my rocker”. I just want to thank who ever was responsible that took the time and effort and expense to take the photographs of the places that were filmed.

You’re welcome, and thanks for your interest!


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