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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: New Line Home Video
- (unspecified) - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: "Acts of Violence"
- Audio Commentary: David Cronenberg - Director
- Deleted Scenes: With Commentary by David Cronenberg - Director
- "The Unmakeing of Scene 44"
- "Violence's History: U.S. vs. International Versions"
- "Too Commercial for Cannes"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt, Maria Bello & Ed Harris|
|Performer:||Stephen McHattie & Peter MacNeill|
|Directed by||David Cronenberg|
|Screenwriting by||Josh Olson|
|Composition by||Howard Shore|
|Produced by||David Cronenberg, Josh Braun & Justis Greene|
|Director of Photography:||Peter Suschitzky|
|Executive Production by||J.C. Spink, Kent Alterman & Cale Boyter|
That's what Cronenberg is up to here; although the film has an overly facile, glossy edge to it, it's the very polish that makes you question the proceedings. Full Review
The Tyee (British Columbia)
Some of the performers -- especially Maria Bello as the hero's wife and Ed Harris as a mysterious stranger -- are gripping.
Movieline's Hollywood Life
Rating: 4/5 -- What Mortensen does brilliantly is to keep us guessing. Full Review
[I]t's tight, exciting, and, let's not forget, hilarious.
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- Right to the last shot, this thrilling, hardheaded movie refuses to draw conclusions....This is the best movie of the year.
Cronenberg's masterful, intelligent and gripping meta-thriller leaves us pondering about our enduringly perverse desire for alternative realities, in which surrogate violent alter egos run righteously and preposterously amok.
Sight and Sound
The family tableau that ends the film is as chilling and redemptive as anything Cronenberg has ever crafted....You won't know what hit you.
Canadian director David Cronenberg, whose impressive oeuvre includes such disparate works as THE DEAD ZONE, THE FLY, DEAD RINGERS, M. BUTTERFLY, and SPIDER, has made what might be the best film of his career with A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Loosely based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, the movie stars Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall, a quiet, easygoing family man who runs a diner in a small Indiana town. But when two dangerous criminals come into the restaurant prepared to wreak havoc, Stall turns hero and shoots them both. After Stall's story is blasted all over the media, Philly mobster Carl Fogaty (an excellent Ed Harris) shows up, claiming that Tom is actually former hit man Joey Cusack--and they've got some important business to finish. While Stall insists that Fogaty is mistaken, his family--his wife, Edie (Maria Bello); teenage son, Jack (Ashton Holmes); and young daughter, Sarah (Heidi Hayes)--gets dragged into the danger that constantly threatens to explode. Cronenberg, whose films often deal with the fantastical, the futuristic, and the supernatural, has done a masterly job creating a wholly believable modern world where evil lurks just around the corner. Howard Shore's tense, moody music complements the outstanding acting in a violent, powerful film that is not to be missed.
Description by Warner Home Video:
History of Violence, A
An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father (Viggo Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
- Theatrical Release: September 23, 2005
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