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Affliction

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Starring (View all)
Nick Nolte Nick Nolte
Wade Whitehouse
Brigid Tierney Brigid Tierney
Jill Whitehouse
Holmes Osborne Holmes Osborne
Gordon LaRiviere
Jim True-Frost Jim True-Frost
Jack Hewitt
Tim Post Tim Post
Chick Ward
Christopher Heyerdahl Christopher Heyerdahl
Frankie Lacoy
Marian Seldes Marian Seldes
Alma Pittman
Janine Theriault Janine Theriault
Hettie Rogers


Written by
Russell Banks Russell Banks
(novel)
Paul Schrader Paul Schrader
(screenplay)


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Affliction

9 years, 10 months ago at Apr 10 18:56
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Paul Schrader and Nick Nolte are no strangers to essaying works on violent, abusive men who shatter under their own ego, and Affliction, while no great masterwork, fits neatly in with their milieu.

While a very good movie, the stark cinematography and overall bleak nature of the production are invaluable assets in exposing the more absorbing story of familial demons and abusive cyc... read more

A very good movie

8 years, 9 months ago at Apr 16 17:51
1 vote
I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since I have this movie on DVD, I was quite eager to check it out again. First of all, Paul Schrader, who got his breakthrough after writing ‘Taxi Driver’ and also ‘Raging Bull, allegedly two of the best movies directed by Martin Scorsese, had a rather convoluted career as a director but I have always been intrigued by his work. Even... read more
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Description: Based on the novel by Russell Banks, AFFLICTION is a sobering, absorbing psychological study of the precarious relationship between an abusive father and his two sons. Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte) is a middle-aged ineffectual sheriff in a small New Hampshire town, where he and his brother, Rolfe (Willem Dafoe), were raised. When events shatter the quiet of his small town, Wade is forced to confront the past and reexamine his life, attempting a reconciliation with his abusive, alcoholic dad, Glen (James Coburn), by moving back home to look after him. This quietly intense, haunting, and beautifully filmed story unfolds against the ... (more)
Release date: 19 February 1999
UPC: 025192058820
Tags: Drama (4), Small Towns (3), Mystery (2), Thriller (2), Violence (2), 1997 (2), 1990s (2), Based On A Novel (2), Fathers & Sons (1), SnP (1), Sort (1), Spiritual Cinema (1), Fathers And Sons (1), Dramas (1), Alcoholism (1), Based On Book (1), Small Town Life (1), New Hampshire (1), Divorce (1), Police (1)
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