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Affliction (1997)

A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintegrate.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writers:

Russell Banks (novel), Paul Schrader (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Wade Whitehouse
Brigid Tierney Brigid Tierney ... Jill Whitehouse
Holmes Osborne ... Gordon LaRiviere
Jim True-Frost ... Jack Hewitt (as Jim True)
Tim Post ... Chick Ward
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Frankie Lacoy (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Marian Seldes ... Alma Pittman
Janine Theriault Janine Theriault ... Hettie Rogers
Mary Beth Hurt ... Lillian Horner
Paul Stewart Paul Stewart ... Mr. Horner
Sissy Spacek ... Margie Fogg
Wayne Robson ... Nick Wickham
Sean McCann ... Evan Twombley
Sheena Larkin Sheena Larkin ... Lugene Brooks
Penny Mancuso Penny Mancuso ... Woman Driver
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Storyline

Boston University professor Whitehouse tells of the events leading up to the disappearance of his older Wade. The police officer who investigates is deeply troubled, and the murder case drains his mental acuity to the pointv of a total mental collapse. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Wade Whitehouse is frightened to death of following in his father's footsteps.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den jagede See more »

Filming Locations:

Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,979, 3 January 1999

Gross USA:

$6,302,154
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (some scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

James Coburn came out of retirement to act in the film. He would later win an Oscar for his performance. See more »

Goofs

Wade gets the two beers out of the refrigerator. They are already open. See more »

Quotes

Wade Whitehouse: You know she won't be here for a half hour. You think you can stand it here that long?
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Connections

Referenced in Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (Death of Ase)
Written by Edvard Grieg (uncredited)
Performed by Budapesti Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara (as Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra)
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[Plays as the background soundtrack during the funeral scene.]
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Intense, raw, and uncomfortable
14 May 2007 | by jakasper1See all my reviews

I have seen this movie in bits and pieces, because it was difficult for me to watch it all the way through and digest it all at one time.

Paul Schrader's movies can have a dark, unsettling edge to them, and this movie is no exception.

Maybe because I brought personal baggage to the table while watching this, is why this movie gripped me so much. I have alcoholic relatives in my immediate and extended family, and I have seen what their anger and destructive behavior hath wrought.

Nick Nolte and James Coburn's characters made me squirm. Coburn received a best supporting Oscar for his role, and it is well-deserved. His character is a mean, vengeful, hateful alcoholic who inflicts his pain on others and afflicts one of his sons, Wade, played by Nick Nolte.

Very gripping and intense family drama.


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