This thoughtful character study of an aging misfit was such a welcome rarity in 1990s Hollywood that it was perhaps overpraised on release; still, Paul Newman's Oscar-nominated performance and Robert Benton's solid, unobtrusive direction combine to create a resonant if unsurprising
meditation on growing old in America.
Sixty years old, unemployable, and alone, Donald "Sully" Sullivan (Newman) has spent the better part of his life shirking responsibility in weather-beaten North Bath, New York. Having walked out on his family years before, Sully leads a dead-end existence, drinking, playing cards with his buddy
Rub (Pruitt Taylor Vince), and renting a room in t...