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Writers (WGA):
Russell Banks (novel)
Paul Schrader (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 February 1999 (USA) See more »
Wade Whitehouse is frightened to death of following in his father's footsteps.
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One of the year's best films; brilliantly acted and directed. **** (out of four) See more (171 total) »


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Directed by
Paul Schrader 
Writing credits
Russell Banks (novel)

Paul Schrader (screenplay)

Produced by
Eric Berg .... co-producer
Frank K. Isaac .... co-producer
Nick Nolte .... executive producer
Josette Perrotta .... line producer
Barr B. Potter .... executive producer (as Barr Potter)
Linda Reisman .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Brook 
Cinematography by
Paul Sarossy 
Film Editing by
Jay Rabinowitz 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Kathleen Chopin 
Production Design by
Anne Pritchard 
Art Direction by
Michel Beaudet 
Costume Design by
François Laplante 
Makeup Department
Claudette B. Casavant .... additional makeup artist (as Claudette Casavant)
Manon Joly .... additional hair stylist
Bob Pritchett .... hair stylist
Diane Simard .... makeup artist
Rob Hinderstein .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ryan Nicholson .... special makeup effects artist: Maestro Studios (uncredited)
Production Management
Michel Chauvin .... unit manager
Stéphane Falardeau .... assistant unit manager
JoAnn M. Laub .... post-production supervisor
Josette Perrotta .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Alloucherie .... third assistant director
Marie-José Bourassa .... additional second assistant director
Isabelle Brutus .... third assistant director
Pedro Gandol .... first assistant director
Burtt Harris .... first assistant director
Francine Langlois .... second assistant director
Art Department
Claire Alary .... property buyer
Annette Bélanger .... art department coordinator
Marie Cailhier-Chartrand .... assistant property master (as Marie Caillier-Chartrand)
René Forest .... swing gang
Gérald Germain .... painter
Alain Giguère .... head scenic painter
François Gosselin .... swing gang (as Francois Gosselin)
Anne Grenier .... assistant decorator
Denis Hamel .... property master
Françoise Labelle .... additional dresser (as Francoise Labelle)
Louis-René Landry .... draftsman
Paul Le Maire .... swing gang
Carl Lessard .... graphic designer
Serge Nadon .... swing gang
Jean-Pierre Paquet .... assistant decorator
Patrice Poulin .... swing gang
Michel Robichaud .... painter
Ginette Robitaille .... key decorator
Alain Senécal .... swing gang (as Alain Sénécal)
André Valade .... additional dresser
Steve Ward .... painter
Michel Brochu .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
Sylvain Arseneault .... boom operator
David Boulton .... adr recording engineer
David Cutler .... sound intern
George A. Lara .... foley recording engineer (as George Lara)
Tony Martinez .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Rousseau .... sound mixer
Paul P. Soucek .... sound effects editor (as Paul Soucek)
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor
Tony V. Stevens .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bill Sweeney .... foley editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording engineer: Sound One Corporation
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Chris Walldorf .... sound intern
John Werner .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects
Mario Dumont .... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
Eric-André Paquin .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Philippe Roberge .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Yves Langlois .... stunt double
Jay Lavalley .... stunt double
David McKeown .... stunt coordinator (as Dave McKeown)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alain Apollon .... additional grip
Robert Auclair .... additional electrician
Claude Beauchamp .... second assistant camera
Sylvain Bergevin .... electrician
Michel Bernier .... assistant camera: second unit
Jocelyn Bertrand .... grip
Mikey Bertrand .... key grip
Gérald Bourget .... generator operator
Michel Paul Bélisle .... additional electrician (as Michel-Paul Belisle)
Frédéric Chamberland .... assistant camera: second unit
Jean Courteau .... chief lighting technician
Rod Crombie .... Steadicam operator
Alain Deniger .... additional electrician
Attila Dory .... still photographer
Mathieu Décary .... first assistant camera
Gilles Fortier .... best boy electric
Darcy Greer .... camera trainee
René Guillard .... additional electrician
Maxime Imbeau .... grip
Pierric Jouvante .... additional electrician (as Pierre Jouvante)
Keith Kerr .... additional grip
Luc Leblanc .... additional electrician
Stéphane Leblanc .... electrician
Kenneth MacKenzie .... best boy grip
Danny Rivard .... additional grip
Jocelyn Simard .... assistant camera: second unit
Robert Stecko .... camera operator
Bert Tougas .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Lise Beauchamp .... extras casting
Rosina Bucci .... casting: Montreal
Ross Clydesdale .... casting: Toronto
Juli-Ann Kay .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monic Ferland .... wardrobe supervisor
Francine Richard .... dresser
John Stowe .... key dresser
Dominique Theriault .... wardrobe assistant (as Dominique Thériault)
Editorial Department
Angie Day .... post-production assistant
Claudette Duff .... assistant film editor
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Tony Grocki .... associate film editor
Eron Otcasek .... editing intern
Pascale Paroissien .... apprentice editor
Tia Schellstede .... apprentice editor
Arnold Shuster .... negative cutter (as Arnie Shuster)
Daniel Ward .... editing intern (as Dan Ward)
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Location Management
Céline Daignault .... location manager
Denis Paquette .... assistant location manager
Kristen Vermilyea .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Bill Jackson .... music mixer
Shari Johanson .... music editor
Transportation Department
Christian Biron .... driver
Michel Brouillette .... picture car coordinator
Nicolas Carasoulis .... driver (as Nicholas Carasoulis)
Walter Diaz .... driver
André Dion .... driver: art department
Jim Disensi .... transportation coordinator
Lorne Dosogne .... driver
Marco Fania .... driver
Charles Faubert .... driver
Emmanuelle Fournier .... driver: art department
David Leblanc .... driver
Luc Poirier .... assistant picture car coordinator
Jon Prévost .... driver (as John Prévost)
Rino Vertone .... driver (as Rino Vetrone)
Joseph 'Tino' Viscusi .... driver captain (as Tino Viscusi)
Ted Wilson .... driver (as Teddy Wilson)
Other crew
Marco Antonucci .... assistant craft service
Olivier Barzic .... additional production assistant
Jean-Marin Basley .... production assistant
Christian Bergeron .... additional assistant
Danielle Boucher .... production coordinator
Guylaine Boucher .... assistant production coordinator
Joanne Camacho-Gendron .... insurance: B.F. Lorenzetti & Associates Inc.
Andrew Campbell .... armorer
Frédéric Chabot .... additional assistant (as Frédérick Chabot)
Monique Champagne .... script supervisor
Jean-François Chapadeau .... production assistant (as Jean-Francois Chapadeau)
Bertrand Charette .... office assistant
Louise Cloutier .... additional assistant (as Louis Cloutier)
Bob Corzo .... finance executive: Largo Entertainment
Martin D'Arcangeli .... additional assistant (as Martin D'Archangéli)
Dennis Davidson .... Public relations
Edmond Delorimier .... production assistant (as Edmond De Lorimier)
Paul Dupont .... safety coordinator
Chantale Fortin .... assistant accountant (as Chantal Fortin)
Mario Garant .... additional production assistant
Yves Garant .... additional production assistant
Ed Gathercole .... insurance: B.F. Lorenzetti & Associates Inc.
François Grenon .... production assistant (as Francois Grenon)
Carole Grisé .... assistant accountant
Kathleen Haase .... production executive: Largo Entertainment
Roger Kass .... legal counsel: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as Roger Kass Esq.)
Phyllis Kaufman .... legal counsel: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as Phyllis Kaufman Esq.)
Adrian Knight .... assistant: Mr. Schrader
Annika Krausz .... assistant to producers
Julien LeBlanc .... caterer (as Julien-Leblanc Traiteur)
Veronica Miller .... production accountant
Suzanne Munger .... receptionist
Stella Paulin .... accommodation: Hotel Intercontinental Montreal
Stephen Peoples .... assistant: Mr. Schrader
Charles Radford .... stand-in: Mr. Nolte
Stuart Andrew Robinson .... assistant accountant
Karen Robson .... legal services: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as Karen Robson Esq.)
Julie Shapiro .... travel arrangements: Travelcorps
Stéphane St-Germain .... craft service
David J. Stein .... legal counsel: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as David J. Stein Esq.)
Christopher Taylor .... business affairs: Largo Entertainment
Mark Urman .... public relations: Dennis Davidson Associates
Bruce Vann .... business affairs: Largo Entertainment
Sherri Wilson .... liaison: Kingsgate Films
Marianne Wisenthal .... assistant to producers
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Matt Hedge .... adr artist (uncredited)
Michael Budman .... thanks: Roots Canada
Paul Dagenais .... thanks
Edgar Gross .... thanks
Ellen Levine .... thanks
Lisa Maxwell .... thanks
Bill Nisselson .... thanks
Johnnie Planco .... thanks
Steve Ransohoff .... thanks
Karen Robson .... thanks
Linda Sobel .... thanks: Roots Canada
Chase Twichell .... thanks
Sally Willcox .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for violence and language
114 min
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James Coburn came out of retirement to act in the film. He would later win an Oscar for his performance.See more »
Continuity: Wade gets the two beers out of the refrigerator. They are already open.See more »
Rolfe Whitehouse:[First lines] This is the story of my older brother's strange criminal behaviour and disappearance. We who loved him no longer speak of Wade. It's as if he never existed.See more »
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37 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
One of the year's best films; brilliantly acted and directed. **** (out of four), 27 December 2000

AFFLICTION / (1997) **** (out of four)

By Blake French:

Dysfunctional families have always been the subject of motion pictures. Recently, with movies like "American Beauty" and "The Story of Us," Hollywood has portrayed American households as candidates to be on the next TV tabloid talk show. Paul Schrader's dramatic portrayal of a troubled family in "Affliction" is as intense as any suspense thriller released within the past few years. The thought-provoking power of his script, based on the novel by Russell Banks, and the methods he uses to execute the vivid, interpretative character study creates more than just a sense of emotion and empathy, but places the audience in the character's shoes, allowing us to explore a tense atmosphere on our own.

The movie looks into the life of a struggling person named Wade Whitehouse, played with extreme intensity by the descriptive Nick Nolte. He is the lowly sheriff of a small backwoods in New Hampshire. Nothing much happens in Lawford, however, thus Wade is usually restricted to plowing the snowy streets and serving as the local school's crossing guard. His ex-wife, Lillian (Mary Beth Hurt), has most custody of their daughter, Jill (Brigid Tierney), and neither relative enjoys his company. Wade's alcoholic father, Glen (James Coburn in an Oscar worthy performance), who abused him and his brother Rolfe (Willem Dafoe) as children, continues to abuse him emotionlly.

The subtle town of Lawford is turned upside-down when a rich businessman is mysteriously killed while hunting with Wade's friend, Jack Hewitt (Jim True). Finally given something to investigate, Wade takes his job seriously, even when complications arise when his mother dies, his brother comes home from Boston, and his waitress girlfriend (Sissy Spacek) meets Wade's parents and realizes what she gotten herself into.

As Wade's life starts to completely unravel, the filmmakers neglect to leave out any details; from flashback of his fathers abuse to an uncompromising toothache, Wade is developed vividly and clearly. The movie is best when allowing Nick Nolte and James Coburn to come to terms with each other's hatred for each other. The performances are what make this movie much more distinct than similar but lesser films like "The Other Sister" and "The Story of Us," and even better acted than the masterpiece Award winner "American Beauty."

Instead of milking the dysfunctional family material to the maximum, the film also has tender dialogue and heartfelt scenes that exhibit a loving relationship between Wade and his girlfriend. These scenes make even more tragic the production's unsettling conclusion and increase the overall dramatic impact, which is tremendous.

By the end of "Affliction," like in "The Ice Storm," we feel for the main character's losses. Although this film is more conclusive, it is also unmerciful; we receive no happy ending, no satisfying motifs, this movie takes itself seriously and has no pity, regrets, or agreements. For Wade Whitehouse, the climax of the movie represents death, grief and sorrow. For us, we can only stare at the screen and try to comprehend what we have experienced through his eyes.

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