A History of Violence (2005)
Front Cover Actor
Viggo Mortensen Tom Stall
Maria Bello Edie Stall
Ed Harris Carl Fogarty
William Hurt Richie Cusack
Ashton Holmes Jack Stall
Peter MacNeill Sheriff Sam Carney
Stephen McHattie Leland
Greg Bryk Billy
Kyle Schmid Bobby
Sumela Kay Judy Danvers
Movie Details
Genre Crime; Drama; Thriller
Director David Cronenberg
Producer Chris Bender
Writer John Wagner; Vince Locke
Studio New Line Home Video
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 1 hr 36 mins
Country USA
Color Color
On the surface, David Cronenberg may seem an unlikely candidate to direct A History of Violence, but dig deeper and you'll see that he's the right man for the job. As an intellectual seeker of meaning and an avowed believer in Darwinian survival of the fittest, Cronenberg knows that the story of mild-mannered small-town diner proprietor Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is in fact a multilayered examination of inbred human behavior, beginning when Tom's skillful killing of two would-be robbers draws unwanted attention to his idyllic family life in rural Indiana. He's got a loving wife (Maria Bello) and young daughter (Heidi Hayes) who are about to learn things about Tom they hadn't suspected, and a teenage son (Ashton Holmes) who has inherited his father's most prominent survival trait, manifesting itself in ways he never expected. By the time Tom has come into contact with a scarred villain (Ed Harris) and connections that lead him to a half-crazy kingpin (William Hurt, in a spectacular cameo), Cronenberg has plumbed the dark depths of human nature so skillfully that A History of Violence stands well above the graphic novel that inspired it (indeed, Cronenberg was unaware of the source material behind Josh Olson's chilling adaptation). With hard-hitting violence that's as sudden as it is graphically authentic, this is A History of Violence that's worthy of serious study and widespread acclaim. --Jeff Shannon

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Index 1617
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 5/26/06
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
Folder 013
Product Details
Edition New Line Platinum Series
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 794043100956
Release Date 3/14/06
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1