• Affliction (1999)


Release Date: February 19th, 1999

DVD Release Date: July 6th, 1999

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

In a small New Hampshire town, washed-up cop Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte) has a troubled past, an abusive father (James Coburn), the contempt of his ex-wife (Mary Beth Hurt) and an unimpressive streak as a lawman. When hunting guide Jack Hewitt (Jim True) reports a businessman's accidental death during a hunting trip, Wade believes he has a chance to turn around his life, if he can prove it was murder. Increasingly obsessed, Wade begins to lose his composure during the investigation.

Cast: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, Willem Dafoe, Mary Beth Hurt, Jim True-Frost, Marian Seldes, Holmes Osborne

Director: Paul Schrader

Genres: Drama

Production Co: JVC Entertainment, Largo Entertainment

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Father, Girlfriend, Family, Dark, 1990s, Daughter, Mystery, Small town, Suspenseful, Police station, Fall, Pursuit, Death

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Desmond RyanPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Nolte, reinforced by the bleak discretion of Schrader's direction and a wonderful supporting cast, makes the most of the opportunity.

  • 100
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    Schrader and Nolte are both at the height of their expressive powers in a film that, in its concentration and sobriety, leaves a lasting impression. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Nolte and Coburn are magnificent in this film, which is like an expiation or amends for abusive men. It is revealing to watch them in their scenes together--to see how they're able to use physical presence to sketch the history of a relationship. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role