Directed by Robert Benton
Starring Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith
I saw this movie when I was yet unfamiliar with the work of Paul Newman, and I loved the film. Now knowing of Paul’s legendary films and the fact that I think he is among the best actors ever! This film still is one of my favorites from Newman.
The story is about Sully, who works in construction with a hurt knee. He abandoned his family and walking home his son saw and offered him a ride. There he meets his grandsons and gets invited to Thanksgiving dinner. From there he tries to reconnect with his son.
This is a great film. Just like Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman is given a good character and he just gave the perfect performance the character needed. The film is funny and yet has a lot of heart and even when Sully, Newman’s character, is a flawed character but yet we forgive him and love him. The story in itself is simple but for me, it was the characters that got me to love the film. It feels like people you could know in a small town.
I already praised Newman’s performance, he earned yet another Oscar nomination in a tough year where Denzel was nominated for Malcolm X, Pacino for Scent of a Woman, and Robert Downy Jr. for Chaplin. Jessica Tandy is one of her final roles was great as the landlord to the home of Newman’s character. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is so funny as a police officer who has something against Sully, I believe this is one of his early films. Bruce Willis also was very good as the owner of a contractor business that owes Sully for past wages or so he thinks.
I know this movie is old but I believe it’s worth watching and for anyone who might not know of the movie and appreciates a good performance, Newman won’t let you down.