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Paul Newman stars as Donald "Sully" Sullivan in Robert Benton's adaptation of the Richard Russo novel. A 60-year-old part-time laborer who lost touch with the wife and children he abandoned--along with most of his other responsibilities--years ago, he's a marginal but familiar figure in the small town he inhabits in upstate New York. He conducts a mild, ongoing flirtation with Toby Roebuck (Melanie Griffith), the wife of Carl (Bruce Willis), a local contractor who frequently employs Sully (and who Sully's currently suing for worker's compensation). His ready wit, surprisingly sharp observations, and willingness to tweak bad-tempered authority figures are appreciated by the cronies with whom he drinks and plays poker. Things begin to change for Sully when his long-lost son, Peter (Dylan Walsh), arrives in town for Thanksgiving with his family. A college professor recently let go from his job, Peter remains in town with one of his sons after a spat with his wife, and for the first time he and his father ge...
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CastBruce Willis
DirectorRobert Benton
Release Date:  1994
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Paramount Home Entertainment (September 16, 2003)
Runtime:  1hr 50min
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review by . May 28, 2000
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Pros: All actors give great performances     Cons: .......     Growing old in the USA .... friends and family surrounding you .... a wonderful boss that you enjoy working for .... a son you never had a relationship with .... a grandson named ‘Wacker' ... a frustrated wife .... a damn mean dog ..... and a snowblower! Such is life if your name is Paul Newman. Of course there is always more ..... an attorney with an artificial leg, poker games, drinking, gambling …
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