Rent Affliction (1997)

3.5 of 5 from 72 ratings
1h 49min
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Synopsis:
Throughout his life, Sheriff Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte) has been cowed and brutalised by his father, a venomous alcoholic. But a child never forgets a cruelty, and two suspicious deaths in their small New Hampshire town lead inexorably to a cataclysmic confrontation between father and son.
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Directors:
Producers:
Linda Reisman
Writers:
Russell Banks, Paul Schrader
Studio:
Boulevard Entertainmemt
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

1999 Oscar Best Supporting Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
19/02/2001
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (1) of Affliction

Amazing, brutal and bleak - Affliction review by CP Customer

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21/10/2005

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.

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