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Affliction (1997)
Academy Award® Winner
Nick Nolte plays Wade Whitehouse, a man long-divorced and estranged from his young daughter. He spends his long cold days and nights as a snow-plow operator and policeman. But when a wealthy man is...  View more >

Starring Nick Nolte, James Coburn, Sissy Spacek...  View more >

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Jan 25, 2000
Problem: In the opening credits of Affliction, the narrator essentially gives away the end of the movie. Why does a movie such as Simon Birch overcome this but Affliction does not? One possibility is that Simon Birch is about much more than the outcome of obvious events while Affliction is not. So what about the Oscar nominated performances? Could they save this film? Quite frankly, no. James Coburn is way over the top. Nick Nolte is simply Nick Nolte, complete with obligatory scenes in which he mumbles incoherently. I can’t fathom how Nolte makes it as one of the nominated best five actors in 1998 when the Academy snubs such wonderful performances as Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski) and Jeremy Irons (Lolita). Even a second tier of good performances by an actor in a leading role were better than Nolte: Leonardo DeCaprio (The Man in the Iron Mask), Mike Myers (54), John Hurt (Love and Death on Long Island), or Ben Stiller (Permanent Midnight), for example. Even Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey (for the overrated Truman Show) would have been a better choice. As for Affliction, I was ultimately unimpressed with how easily it tossed away what it developed before. I’m all for plot twists, but there are rules that must be followed and I as an audience member felt cheated at the conclusion. Willem Dafoe might have been able to save things were he not an afterthought. Blink and you’ll miss him. What a waste.

10-point scale rating: 4

May 20, 2003
"Affliction" is a powerful drama about a man, played by Nick Nolte, who can't deal with his past or his relationship with his father, played by James Colbum. The film has a very strong in an unforgetable drama about redemption and renewal. Nolte and Colburn deserved Oscar nomination. The film strong performances all around.
Mar 30, 2013

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