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.

WADE:

Oh, Jesus, come on, will you? Don't

mess this up anymore than it's already

been messed up. Join the other kids.

Do that and before you know it you'll

be as happy as a goddamned clam.

Wade inches her toward the circle of children. Gordon spots

them:

LARIVIERE:

Wade! And who's that tiger? Is that

Jill? Come and join us.

Jill in the spotlight, joins the costumed children. A former

classmate calls her name. Wade, relieved, watches, then steps

outside for a smoke.

CUT TO:

EXT. TOWN HALL - NIGHT

Wade steps outside, lights a cigarette. JACK HEWITT, 23,

clean-cut, handsome, cocky, stands with CHICK WARD and FRANKIE

LACOY, local boys.

WADE:

What are you boys up to?

CHICK:

Same old shit.

FRANKIE:

You see the damage these little sons-

of bitches been raising tonight?

WADE:

(to Jack)

You're going to have to move your

pickup.

JACK:

I know.

CHICK:

(offers whiskey pint)

Take a bite.

WADE:

Don't mind if I do.

JACK:

LaRiviere's having a hell of a time

in there. Master of fucking

ceremonies.

WADE:

Where's that gun you were bragging

on today?

Jack stops over to his double-parked burgandy pickup, removes

a Browning BAR .30/06 with a scope, hands it to Wade.

JACK:

No brag. Just fact.

WADE:

(admires gun)

Got you for -- 450, 500 bucks?

(passes it to Frankie)

FRANKIE:

Nice.

JACK:

(to Wade)

See you got Jill tonight. How'd you

manage that?

WADE:

(turns)

Don't forget to move your truck.

(walks inside)

CUT TO:

INT. TOWN HALL - NIGHT

On stage, LaRiviere arranges the contest winners. A fairy

godmother with a wand beams while, nearby, a hobo writhes in

his mother's grip -- a hard loser.

Wade looks for Jill, first among the winners, then among the

losers; she's nowhere to be found. He heads toward a hall

leading to the restrooms.

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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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