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A deeply troubled small-town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while other events jeopardize his sanity.

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Wade Whitehouse
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Jill Whitehouse
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Gordon LaRiviere
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Jack Hewitt (as Jim True)
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Chick Ward
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Frankie Lacoy (as Chris Heyerdahl)
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Alma Pittman
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Hettie Rogers
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Lillian Horner
Paul Stewart ...
Mr. Horner
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Margie Fogg
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Nick Wickham
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Evan Twombley
Sheena Larkin ...
Lugene Brooks
Penny Mancuso ...
Woman Driver
Danielle Desormeaux ...
Elaine
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Jimmy Dane (as Charles Powell)
Donovan Reiter ...
Short-Haired Local
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Glen Whitehouse
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Young Wade Whitehouse
Michael Caloz ...
Young Rolfe Whitehouse
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Sally Whitehouse
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State Trooper
Susan Almgren ...
Mrs. Gordon (as Susie Almgren)
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Mel Gordon
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Rolfe Whitehouse
Martha-Marie Kleinhans ...
Lena
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Clyde
Ralph Allison ...
Reverend Doughty
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J. Battle Hand

Directed by

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Paul Schrader

Written by

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Russell Banks ... (novel)
 
Paul Schrader ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Michael Brook

Cinematography by

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Paul Sarossy

Film Editing by

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Jay Rabinowitz

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Ellen Chenoweth
Kathleen Chopin

Production Design by

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Anne Pritchard

Art Direction by

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Michel Beaudet

Costume Design by

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François Laplante

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Louis Craig ... special effects
Mario Dumont ... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
Eric-André Paquin ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Philippe Roberge ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Stunts

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Yves Langlois ... stunt double
Jay Lavalley ... stunt double
David McKeown ... stunt coordinator (as Dave McKeown)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Lise Beauchamp ... extras casting
Rosina Bucci ... casting: Montreal
Ross Clydesdale ... casting: Toronto
Juli-Ann Kay ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Monic Ferland ... wardrobe supervisor
Francine Richard ... dresser
John Stowe ... key dresser
Dominique Theriault ... wardrobe assistant (as Dominique Thériault)

Location Management

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Céline Daignault ... location manager
Denis Paquette ... assistant location manager
Kristen Vermilyea ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Bill Jackson ... music mixer
Shari Johanson ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

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Monique Champagne ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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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

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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)
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)
Jason Burke Sutter ... International Sales (uncredited)

Thanks

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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
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Boston University professor Whitehouse tells of the events leading up to the disappearance of his older Wade. The police officer who investigates is deeply troubled, and the murder case drains his mental acuity to the point of a total mental collapse. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Wade Whitehouse is frightened to death of following in his father's footsteps. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 白い刻印 (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Der Gejagte (Germany)
  • Aflicción (Spain)
  • Aflicció (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Confrontação (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $63,979, 03 Jan 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia When meeting with James Coburn to discuss the film, director Paul Schrader encouraged Coburn to make heavy preparations for his role. Coburn responded "Oh, you mean you want me to really act? I can do that. I haven't often been asked to, but I can." See more »
Goofs Filmed in Quebec, in January and February 1997, the movie, which happens in a New Hampshire town, opens on Halloween day, late October. There is never that much snow on the ground, if at all, late October, in New Hampshire (or Quebec for that matter). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in You've Got Mail/Down in the Delta/The Thin Red Line/A Civil Action/Affliction (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Open the Door to Your Heart See more »
Quotes Rolfe Whitehouse: [Last lines] The historical facts are known by everyone. All of Lawford, all of New Hampshire, some of Massachusetts. Facts do not make history. Our stories, Wade's and mine, describe the lives of the boys and men for thousands of years: boys who were beaten by their fathers, whose capacity for love and trust was crippled almost at birth, men whose best hope for connection with other human beings lay in detachment, as if life were over. It's how we keep from destroying in turn our own children and terrorizing the women who have the misfortune to love us; how we absent ourselves from the tradition of male violence; how we decline the seduction of revenge. Jack's truck turned up three days later in a shopping mall in Toronto. Wade killed Jack, just as surely as Jack did not kill Evan Twombley, even accidentally. The link between Jack and Twombley, LaRiviere and Mel Gordon existed only in Wade's wild imaginings. And briefly, I admit, in mine as well. LaRiviere and Mel Gordon were indeed in business. The Parker Mountain Ski Resort is now advertised across the country. The community of Lawford, as such, no longer exists. It is an economic zone between Littleton and Catamount. The house is still in Wade's name, and I keep paying taxes on it. It remains empty. Now and then, I drive out there and sit in my car, and wonder, why not let it go? Why not let LaRiviere buy it and build the condominiums he wants there? We want to believe Wade died that same November, froze to death on a bench or a sidewalk. You cannot understand how a man, a normal man, a man like you and me, could do such a terrible thing. Unless the police happen to arrest a vagrant who turns out to be Wade Whitehouse, there will be no more mention of him. Or his friend, Jack Hewitt. Or our father. The story will be over, except that I continue.
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