Affliction

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Run time: 114 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th February 1999

Distributed by: Lions Gate

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Fresh: 41 Rotten: 6

IMDB: 7.0 / 10

Affliction Review


When in doubt, set your moody psychodrama in the frozen northeast, which will set the mood perfectly.

Affliction has plenty of mood. Too bad the story stinks. Telling the twin tales of small town Sheriff Wade Whitehouse (Nolte) -- a father/son struggle with pop (Coburn) and an investigation into a suspicious hunting accident-cum-land grab -- both turn out to be as dry as dust. Wade, like dad, is a boozehound and an overall loser. Why girlfriend Margie (Spacek) puts up with him is a mystery. How the audience is supposed to care about him is an even bigger one.

Coburn won Best Supporting Actor for his miniscule role, and that seems deserved, but if you're looking for a far better frozen thriller, check out Fargo or A Simple Plan.


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Affliction Rating

" Weak "

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