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Affliction (1997)

A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintergrate.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigid Tierney ...
Jack Hewitt (as Jim True)
Chick Ward
Frankie Lacoy (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Alma Pittman
Janine Theriault ...
Hettie Rogers
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Mr. Horner
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Wade Whitehouse is a sheriff of a small New Hampshire town who achieved nothing in life in the opinion of his ex-wife Lillian and daughter Jill and is a heavy drinker. His girlfriend Margie accepts him the way he is. On the first day of the hunting season, Wade's friend Jack takes a wealthy businessman to hunt - and only Jack returns alive. Wade decides to play detective and starts investigating the case despite the fact Jack insists it was an accidental self-inflicted shot. Written by Anonymous

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Wade Whitehouse is frightened to death of following in his father's footsteps.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den jagede  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,979, 3 January 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,302,154, 16 May 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes two Oscar winners: James Coburn and Sissy Spacek; and two Oscar nominees: Willem Dafoe and Nick Nolte. See more »


Wade gets the two beers out of the refrigerator. They are already open. See more »


Wade Whitehouse: If you ever touch her again, I'll kill you! I swear it!
Glen Whitehouse: [Leers] Still standing up for your little brother huh?
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Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008) See more »


Put the Hurt On You
Written by Marc Ferrari
Courtesy of Mastersource
[Song playing in Jack's truck while he's taking a nightly joyride with his girl and Wade after the school play.]
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Intense, raw, and uncomfortable
14 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have seen this movie in bits and pieces, because it was difficult for me to watch it all the way through and digest it all at one time.

Paul Schrader's movies can have a dark, unsettling edge to them, and this movie is no exception.

Maybe because I brought personal baggage to the table while watching this, is why this movie gripped me so much. I have alcoholic relatives in my immediate and extended family, and I have seen what their anger and destructive behavior hath wrought.

Nick Nolte and James Coburn's characters made me squirm. Coburn received a best supporting Oscar for his role, and it is well-deserved. His character is a mean, vengeful, hateful alcoholic who inflicts his pain on others and afflicts one of his sons, Wade, played by Nick Nolte.

Very gripping and intense family drama.

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