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

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writers:

Russell Banks (novel), Paul Schrader (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Wade Whitehouse
Brigid Tierney Brigid Tierney ... Jill Whitehouse
Holmes Osborne ... Gordon LaRiviere
Jim True-Frost ... Jack Hewitt (as Jim True)
Tim Post ... Chick Ward
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Frankie Lacoy (as Chris Heyerdahl)
Marian Seldes ... Alma Pittman
Janine Theriault Janine Theriault ... Hettie Rogers
Mary Beth Hurt ... Lillian Horner
Paul Stewart Paul Stewart ... Mr. Horner
Sissy Spacek ... Margie Fogg
Wayne Robson ... Nick Wickham
Sean McCann Sean McCann ... Evan Twombley
Sheena Larkin Sheena Larkin ... Lugene Brooks
Penny Mancuso Penny Mancuso ... Woman Driver
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Storyline

Boston University History professor Rolfe Whitehouse tells of the events leading up to the unexplained but not totally surprising disappearance of his older troubled brother, Wade Whitehouse. Wade, Rolfe and their sister Lena grew up in small town Lawford in upstate New Hampshire, where Wade and their parents, Glen and Sally Whitehouse, still lived. Wade was the town's police officer, in addition to having a multitude of side jobs directed his way by businessman and town selectman Gordon LaRiviere, in order to supplement his meager income. Wade was living on the edge emotionally. Long divorced from his since married second ex-wife, Lillian Horner, who moved to the city following the divorce, Wade had only infrequent visitation rights to his and Lillian's adolescent daughter, Jill Whitehouse, who seemed to love her father only because he was her father, but who seemed to see their visits solely as obligations rather than wants. Because of the animosity in his and Lillian's break-up, ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den jagede See more »

Filming Locations:

Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (fantasy sequences)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Coburn came out of retirement to act in the film. He would later win an Oscar for his performance. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Rolfe Whitehouse: Who else benefits if Twombley is suddenly dead?
Wade Whitehouse: [after a pause] I don't know. You tell me.
Rolfe Whitehouse: Okay. It's likely there are people in the union who don't want Twombley to testify. That probably includes his son-in-law, who's vice president, and will probably be the next president.
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Connections

Referenced in Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

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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a masterpiece, true art
6 February 1999 | by pf9See all my reviews

This is a movie which rewards at many levels. Its characters are fleshed out human beings capable of good and evil and in the grips of intense suffering, not the formulaic cardboard creations which populate so many recent Hollywood productions. The movie's atmosphere and mood are thick and the bleakness of the New Hampshire winter comes alongside its beauty and majesty. Paul Schrader achieves here what has eluded the Coen brothers in Fargo. The photography of Paul Sarossy is of a rare beauty and his compositions are breathtaking. Think of the scene of the two brothers in the barn lit by light sneaking in through the slits in the wood exterior, the beauty of the snow covered New Hampshire chalets, the camera receding from the barn fire until we get to watch it through a slightly off-center picture-window from the main house, and finally think of the snow in its serenity, its menace, its domination. The two stories are so naturally intertwined that one can spend most of the time convinced one is watching a thriller, until in the end this thriller dissolves into the main story which explores the violent undercurrents of human love and bonding. This whole is as thick and rich as cream.

I am in awe of Nick Nolte's spectacular performance. It is honest, complex and totally convincing. Nolte is ably supported by James Coburn and others. This is moviemaking at its best.


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