Affliction script
Affliction (1997)
Synopsis: Affliction is an American drama film produced in 1997, written and directed by Paul Schrader from the novel by Russell Banks. It stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn and Willem Dafoe. Affliction tells the story of Wade Whitehouse, a small-town policeman in New Hampshire. Detached from the people around him, including a dominating father and a divorced wife, he becomes obsessed with the solving of a fatal hunting accident, leading to a series of tragic events.

JILL:

Was it funny?

WADE:

To us it was.

JILL:

But it's not funny now.

WADE:

It's not funny now. I'm a cop and I

gotta listen to all the complaints

people make. I'm not a kid anymore.

You change.

JILL:

I bet you did lots of bad things.

WADE:

What are you talking about?

JILL:

I just think you used to be bad.

WADE:

No. I didn't used to be bad. No sir.

Where do you get this stuff? From

your mother?

JILL:

No. She doesn't talk about you

anymore.

Wade looks at her, wanting to lift her mask, see her face.

CUT TO:

EXT. TOWN HALL - NIGHT

The Fairlane approaches Town Hall, a square two-story building

on the north side of the Common. Exhaust billows from idling

cars as parents and children come and go.

CUT TO:

INT. TOWN HALL - NIGHT

Clowns, tramps, angels and vampires fill the brightly lit

room. Parents watch from the walls as GORDON LARIVIERE, a

beefy fiftiesh man with a silver flat-top, announces the

costume contest. Wade nods to various townspeople.

LARIVIERE:

We're looking for the funniest

costume! And the scariest! And the

most imaginative! And the best costume

of all!

WADE:

(nudges Jill)

Got here just in time. Go ahead.

Jump in line. Maybe you'll win a

prize.

Jill steps forward, retreats. Wade looks at her flaxen hair,

her blue sneakers protruding from her pathetic costume. His

heart aches he loves her so.

WADE:

Go on, Jill. Some of those kids you

still know.

JILL:

I don't want to.

WADE:

Why? Why not? You know these kids

from when you went to school here.

It hasn't been that long.

JILL:

It's not that.

WADE:

What then?

JILL:

It's stupid.

WADE:

It's fun.

JILL:

(voice breaking)

I want to go home.

(Wade kneels down)

I don't like it here.

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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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