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Nobody's Fool

4.5 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) and Eric Roberts (Final Analysis) generate all kinds of crazy chemistry in this wildly offbeat tale of romance and redemption. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Crimes of the Heart, Nobody's Fool is full of "lovable eccentricity" (Screen International) and "oddball charm" (Boxoffice)! Small-town girl Cassie (Arquette) has made a few big mistakes in love including an attempted stabbing! Labeled a kook by some,and largely avoided by all, Cassie wallows in shame and self-pity until a traveling Shakespearean troupe arrives and she falls for a hot backstage roadie (Roberts). Can she trust this stranger offering romance and a one-way ticket out of town? Or will she find that, in the words of the Bard, "the course of true love never did run smooth"?

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  • Actors: Rosanna Arquette, Eric Roberts, Mare Winningham, Jim Youngs, Louise Fletcher
  • Directors: Evelyn Purcell
  • Writers: Beth Henley
  • Producers: Cary Brokaw, James C. Katz, Jon S. Denny
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00066VTWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nobody's Fool" on IMDb

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I saw this film when it ran in NYC in 1986, and like the rest of the audience (who applauded when it was over), was totally charmed by it. I could never understand why it didn't do better at the box office - poor marketing, perhaps? I understand it's done very well as a video.
The performances and the originality of the script are what stand out in this film. Rosanna Arquette manages to be funny and heartbreaking at the same time. Eric Roberts is so damned sexy and appealing in this film, it's hard to understand why he didn't get more romantic leads. When Arquette's character shouts at him, "Stop looking at me with those eyes!", every woman in the audience knows what she is talking about. He is magnetic, and gives great dimension to a somewhat underwritten part. The chemistry between these two is great. All of the supporting actors give first rate performances.
Some of the quirkiness of Beth Henley's script could have been whittled down - she seems to delight in presenting odd characters for effect, such as the albino bride, schizophrenic cousin and the obese younger brother, who don't add a lot to the story, but seem like contrived distractions. These elements might work in her plays, but only take away from the development of the main characters and their relationship to each other.
What she does get right is the complex relationship between love, obsession, humor and disaster. In Henley's world, tragedy exists right around the corner from happiness, and nothing is black and white.
It was interesting to read the comments from Dean, an actor in this film. It does seem like editing might have done this one in. I could have used more development of the Riley character, a little more humor, and less parading of oddballs.
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Hi, as one of the actors in this small film, I really appreciate the kind words about it. The screenplay by Beth Henley was very funny, infact, in it's original form, the script was a laugh riot. Somehow, either by cost cutting or by director and editing cuts the film was whittled down to a quirky romance, with a lot of the comedy missing. It's still a sweet and funny film. So buy it or rent it, but if you like quirky characters, you'll like this film. -Dean Ricca
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A real sleeper - a quirky caricature town masks wonderful character development. Roberts is extraordinary as vulnerable, loner, insecure, long reformed bad boy from LA; Arquette tugs at heart strings as Scarlet Letter woman in small town, an outcast as much because she's an individual as because of what she's done. Watch for Roberts' scene with Arquette in the spaghetti dinner hall near the end - if you're not moved, you haven't loved. One of my all-time favorite movies, a personal discovery.
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I love, love, love this movie! If I was to have a cult film addiction, this would be the film (Princess Bride would probably be the only other one for me). In the late 80's, I used to watch Nobody's Fool over and over and then, somewhere along the line, I lost my copy (VHS, of course). When I found it on DVD, I watched it with my 20-year-old son (he is an English major in college and loves discussing good books and movies). I was a little nervous that it was going to look dated and that I was going to be wondering what I had ever loved about watching it 25+ years ago. But I was so pleasantly surprised that I still really enjoyed it. And, an even bigger surprise, my son loved it, too! We discussed it afterwards for quite some time. There are scenes in this movie that have stuck with me over the years. My husband and I have frequently referred to the scene with Cassie and her Cousin Linda, "I got my TV watching suit on" whenever we are settling in to watch a movie or something for any period of time. I think the scenes that Cassie has with her Cousin Linda are some of the best because Linda is the one in the movie that has been clearly identified with mental illness (although Cassie runs a very close second), but yet Linda is the only one that seems to really see Cassie clearly. There are so many scenes that stand out in this movie. If you like quirky characters (as I do) and movies that don't necessarily follow the usual formula, you should give this one a chance. It is not your typical rom-com and they even weave in a little Shakespeare which gives Cassie an incredible venue to express her true depth and just how much she has outgrown her small hometown.
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Outstanding screenplay, direction, acting, and musical score. I have watched this film several times, it is an amazing feel good romantic drama/comedy (more drama than comedy, but very quirky and funny in many spots). Rosanna Arquette shines in this film as our hero seeking love, and escape from her small hometown, perhaps more importantly her character seeks to find her inner self. I wish they would have released a soundtrack CD for this film, or perhaps now they could at least distribute it as download as digital music (hoping). I give this film five stars as a romance drama-comedy, but of course it is drama, and independent film, so do not expect huge budget special effects. The film is shot in the New Mexico/Arizona region, with some nice backdrops. Note: The Amazon description of the DVD here says it is 1.33:1 (4:3 TV mode), but I already purchased two copies and the DVD includes both 1.33:1 as well as widescreen mode (which I have viewed off the DVD).
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