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Nick Nolte and James Coburn deliver some of the finest work of their respective careers in this powerful but troubling adaptation of Russell Banks' novel. Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte) is the sheriff in a small New England town; it's a part-time job with few taxing responsibilities, and Wade fills his many free hours by swilling booze, smoking pot, and thinking back on his nightmarish childhood. Wade's father Glen (James Coburn) was by turns callous, distant, and abusive, and Wade has inherited his addiction to alcohol and inability to deal with others. Consequently, Wade's ex-wife (Mary Beth Hurt) despises him, his daughter is uncomfortable and frightened in his presence, and the only person who can reach him is his loving but long-suffering girlfriend Margie (Sissy Spacek). When a wealthy businessman is killed in a hunting accident, Wade suspects foul play and pursues the case with an obsession that puzzles all around him; meanwhile, Wade's mother dies and his brother Rolfe (Willem Dafoe), the only one in the family to escape Glen's abuse without crippling emotional scars, returns to pay his respects and is caught up once again in the damaged lives of his father and brother. James Coburn) won an Academy award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Affliction, while Nick Nolte was nominated for Best Actor (he lost to Roberto Benigni).
16x9 widescreen (1.78:1)
Subtitles: English & Spanish
Nick NolteWade Whitehouse
James CoburnGlen Whitehouse
Sissy SpacekMargie Fogg
Willem DafoeRolfe Whitehouse
Mary Beth HurtLillian
Jim TrueJack Hewitt
Marian SeldesAlma Pittman
Holmes OsborneGordon LaRiviere
Sean McCannEvan Twombley
Wayne RobsonNick Wickham
Russell BanksBook Author
Michael BrookComposer (Music Score)
Anne PritchardProduction Designer
Barr PotterExecutive Producer
Nick NolteExecutive Producer
Patrick RousseauSound/Sound Designer
Burtt HarrisFirst Assistant Director
Josette PerrottaLine Producer
Addiction Drama,Psychological Drama,Family Drama,Crime Drama
This movie is an interesting look into the pschology of abuse and neglect. Mixed with a twisted plot full of murder, dirty money, and disturbing behavoir. Although there are strong perfomances by the entire supporting cast, Nick Nolte takes the cake. Playing a man who has been emotionally abandoned and a victim of the abuse of an alcholic father. Some scenes in this movie are the most believable and disturbing i've seen in film. Its a great story with a sad but real ending. No hollywood gimmics here. Definately worth your time.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
The test of obsession and compulsion
One mans story of inherited addiction, family abuse and dysfunction and his obsession with what he suspects happened to a wealthy business man. Purchased for a substance use disorder rehab.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Uneasy but well made family dynamic drama. Not for the tea set.