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Director: Paul Schrader     Starring: Nick Nolte Sissy Spacek
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40220382
UPC: 031398830627
UPC 14: 00031398830627
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A film about a middle-aged son trying to come to terms with his abusive past and salvaging his strained relationship with his father.
Editor's Note
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 harsh snow-white backdrop of a town where everyone knows each other. But more than anything, it is the brilliant performances of its cast that mark this film.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/1/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 115 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 8306-D
Video UPC UPC: 00031398830627
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Nick Nolte
Video Cast Info James Coburn
Video Cast Info Willem Dafoe
Video Cast Info Sissy Spacek
Video Cast Info Jim True
Video Cast Info Mary Beth Hurt
Video Cast Info Russell Banks - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Anne Pritchard - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Paul Sarossy - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Paul Schrader - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jay Rabinowitz - Editor
Video Cast Info Linda Reisman - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Brook - Composer
Video Cast Info Paul Schrader - Director
Plot Summary
Based on a novel by Russell Banks, AFFLICTION is a bleak New England tale of a man trying to come to terms with abuse and corruption. As a policeman investigating a hunting accident, Wade Whitehouse is almost brought down when he attempts to preserve the town and what's left of his family. In the process it becomes clear that he is made powerless when fighting these inferior elements with the skills he learned from his violent, alcoholic father, played brilliantly by an Oscar-winning James Coburn.

Memorable Quotes

"I think there's some dirty business going on in this town."----Wade (Nick Nolte)

"At least I was never afflicted by that man's violence."----Rolfe (Willem Dafoe) "That's what you think."----Wade

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Nolte is at his riveting, ravaged best..." 12/24/1998 p.171

Sight and Sound
"...[AFFLICTION] boasts a central performance of unmatched rawness and conviction..." 03/??/1999 p.36

Entertainment Weekly
"...The meatiest performance of [Nolte's] career....Exquisitely shaped, paced, painted, and edited..." -- Rating: A 01/22/1999 p.82

USA Today
"...[James Coburn gives] what may be the best performance of his career..." 12/30/1998 p.3D

New York Times
"...[Nolte acts] with fierce, anguished intensity....[He] gives the performance of his career in Paul Schrader's quietly stunning new film..." 12/30/1998 p.E4

Box Office
"...Engrossing....Nolte, in peak form in one of the best performances of his career, is supported by a top cast....AFFLICTION is a gripping story..." 02/01/1998 p.51

"...Beautifully shot....Schrader's deeply felt film concludes with an image that pays homage to Tarkovsky's THE SACRIFICE..." 12/01/1998 p.32

Los Angeles Times
"...Intense....This is a great performance by Nolte....AFFLICTION is one of the year's strongest dramas..." 12/30/1998 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Nolte and Coburn are magnificent in this film....It is revealing to watch them in their scenes together....[Coburn] rises to occasion with a performance of power..." 02/05/1999 p.31

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Coburn,James
Product attributeLabel:   Trimark Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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