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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.
A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintergrate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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 cailher 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)
Ann Grenier .... assistant decorator (as Anne Grenier)
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)
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)
Céline Daignault .... location manager
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
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
Denis Paquette .... assistant location manager
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.)
Chris Taylor .... business affairs: Largo
Mark Urman .... public relations: Dennis Davidson Associates
Bruce Vann .... business affairs: Largo
Sherri Wilson .... liaison: Kingsgate Films
Marianne Wisenthal .... assistant to producers
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Matt Hedge .... adr artist (uncredited)
Kristen Vermilyea .... location scout (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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

'Willem Dafoe is given fourth billing, yet his first on-screen appearance isn't until fifty-five minutes into the film.See more »
Continuity: Wade puts his right hand's finger in his mouth because of his toothache, but when he turns his back to Margie he appears with his left hand's finger in his mouth.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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008)See more »
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever KnowSee more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A great study in despair, 20 February 2002
Author: Tom McAnn from New York, NY

This film is a perfect example of how the sins of the father are not only visited upon the son, but are perpetuated by him, and serve to visit and affect others as well. There is one story line here: Wade Whitehouse, town police constable of Lawford, New Hampshire was raised by an abusive alcoholic grouch of a father. He has remained in the town while his siblings have fled. His terrible relationship with his father has infiltrated every relationship that he's had, and acts as the lens through which he sees and judges the world. Because of this, his relationships with different people are all ambivalent: He either respects them and turns to them as a pupil would his master, or he hates them, and violently lashes out at them because they have disappointed him in upholding his preconceived 'high assessments' of them. Wade is very unstable in that he seems to have a drinking problem, an inability to manage his anger, and as a result but also as a constant circuitous reason, a very low moral view of himself. In this elliptical plot, an important crystallizing event is the hunting accident that results in the death of a rich Bostonian with suspected links to organized crime named Evan Twombley, whose son in law--Mel Gordon--is in business with Wade's boss, Gordon LaRiviere (whom Wade both admires and despises). The New Hampshire State Police seem to think this is an open and shut case of accidental death: Twombley goes hunting with Wade's young friend Jack, winds up shooting himself, and that's that. However to Wade, this is not the end of the story. Wade's low assessment of himself, his having to deal with his father more closely after his mother's recent death, his financial destitution and reliance upon Gordon LaRiviere, as well as his failing attempt to have a close relationship with his estranged daughter Jill and ex-wife Lillian causes him in a desperate act of self assertion of his 'authority' to insist that Twombley was in fact murdered, and that all characters that surround him--his boss Gordon, Jack, and Mel--are involved in a sinister plot to not only get away with murder, but to deceive him and make him look foolish. As Wade's fantasy elaborately blooms into a wonderfully baroque and intricate starcaise to psychosis, his relationships with the people of Lawford and particularly with his close friends and family rapidly begin to deteriorate. Watching this occur is like witnessing an avalanche, and exemplifies Kierkegaard's assertion that one does not hit rock bottom in despair, but instead can always sink lower, perhaps infinitely. Needless to say, the film does not end on a happy note, yet I would commend this film to anyone because the plot is intense, the cinematography is excellent, and Schrader's directing is magnificent.

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