Affliction | 1998

Drama, Adaptation
A small town cop clashes with his abusive father while trying to solve a murder.
Director: Paul Schrader
Awards: 1 Oscar win. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Wade Whitehouse

Actor

... Glen Whitehouse

Actor

... Margie Fogg

Actor

... Rolfe Whitehouse

Actor

... Lillian--Wade's Ex-Wife

Actor

... Alma Pittman

Actor

... Gordon LaRiviere

Actor

... Jill--10 years-old

Actor

... Evan Twombley

Actor

... Nick Wickham

Actor

... J Battle Hand

Actor

... Chick Ward

Actor

Writers

Screenplay

Source Material (from novel)

Company

I'Intrigue

Production Company

Kingsgate Films

Production Company

Sound One

Production Company

The Effects House

Production Company

Synopsis

Wade Whitehouse is the sheriff of Lawford, New Hampshire who has rarely risen to any challenge and has remained, despite his age, an overgrown teenager. He is a glorified crossing guard in this quiet, dreary town. On the first day of deer season, Wade's friend Jack takes a wealthy businessman out to bag his first buck but returns later claiming the man was a victim of a self-inflicted gunshot. Instead of letting the incident pass, Wade sees this as his opportunity to investigate a murder. However, his aggressive attempts to play crime-solver help to emphasize how misguided his life has always been. The death of his mother, due largely to his father's neglect, helps to accelerate the downward spiral of Wade's life until, stripped of all self-repect, he commits a startling act of violence.

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