James Coburn and Nick Nolte, along with Sissy Spacek and Willem Dafoe star in this emotionally captivating film. When events shatter the quiet of his small town, Wade Whitehouse (Nolte), with the aid of his new girlfriend (Spacek), is forced to confront his past and reexamine his life. Determined to fill the emptiness, he must either stand tall against his childhood demons or fall victim to his father's (Coburn) abusive ways. "An American classic" hails the VILLAGE VOICE.
Won: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Coburn), 2009 Academy Awards
Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Nolte), 1999 Academy Awards; Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Male Lead (Nolte), Best Supporting Male (Coburn), Best Cinematography, 1999 Independent Spirit Awards
Schrader seems to understand these characters implicitly, and the result is probably the best film he has directed.