Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte) is at a turning point in his life. People order him around everywhere he turns, from his demanding boss, to his ex-wife who won't let him see his daughter, to his ageing, violent alcoholic father (James Coburn). For Wade the future looks bleak, until his quiet New Hampshire town is shattered by the death of a Boston union official during a deer hunt led by Wade's friend Jack. The incident is written off as an accident, but Wade suspects that Jack is guilty of murder. Solving the crime becomes Wade's obsession and his last opportunity to redeem himself in the eyes of the town, his ex-wife, his father, and , most of all - himself. Featuring an impressive star cast, 'Affliction' is a tense and compelling psycho-drama from Paul Schrader.
Amazing, brutal and bleak
- Affliction review by Shatner's Bassoon
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It's a real shame films like 'Affliction' tend to get elbowed out of the way by flashy, pushy crowd pleasers lacking originality. This is a fine, well acted drama by writer director Paul Schrader, who has scripted classics such as 'Taxi Driver' and 'Raging Bull'. Nick Nolte is outstanding as Wade, a New Hampshire policeman, living in a small town where corruption is no secret and where the underhanded rule. Nolte's character starts to descend into a mental breakdown while trying to get custody of his estranged daughter and being forced to not investigate too deeply a local hunting accident. As both his professional and private life tug him in different and destructive directions, memories of childhood abuse inflicted by his father soon override his thoughts. A fine cast, Sissy Spacek, Mary Beth Hurt, Jim True and James Coburn all make this movie truly memorable. Part thriller, part psychological study, this is a great film and worth watching.