Starring: Nick Nolte, Willem Dafoe, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn

Directed by: Paul Schrader

Produced by: Kingsgate Productions

Distributed by: Lion's Gate

Genre: drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: February 12, 1999
Viewing Location: Chelsea, NYC Grade: B-
Summary: Nick Nolte's adventures in arthouse films
This was an odd film, but it does show Nick Nolte's been expanding himself lately. In this role he plays an alcoholic cop who's having a bad time. His father, a mean son of a bitch played by James Coburn, abused him as a child and has been haunting him ever since. Over time, of course, we find Nolte's character turning into his father. Eerily, at several points in the film I was reminded of the Luke and Darth relationship from Star Wars, including the funeral pyre. Anyway this is a good film if you're into art-house flicks or want to see Nick Nolte in a strange role. The movie is not as wonderful as the critics would have you believe, though.  

Review by hughjtoad Date seen: February 5, 2000
Viewing Location: Mountain View, CA Grade: A
Summary: six foot tall hello paranoia
I saw this film right after seeing A Simple Plan. I liked A Simple Plan - the spiral down into darkness was well-done, the acting was good. But this movie, which deals with a similar descent into darkness, added a whole extra dimension. The acting was fantastic, and the atmosphere and DEPTH of the characters was both amazing and (in these circumstances) appalling. Simple Plan is about lives going down the drain; in Affliction, the garbage disposal is on.  

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