Affliction is a 1998 film written and directed by Paul Schrader from the novel by Russell Banks. It stars Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, Willem Dafoe, Mary Beth Hurt and Jim True.

    It tells the story of Wade Whitehouse (Nolte), a small-town policeman in New Hampshire, whose investigation of an apparent hunting accident is influenced by his relationship with a violent, alcoholic father (Coburn), his increasing obsession with his past, his fraught relationship with his ex-wife (Mary Beth Hurt) and daughter (Brigid Tierney), and the death of his mother. All of these issues precipitate a personal crisis for Wade as the investigation proceeds.

    James Coburn won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Nick Nolte was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for best actor.