A History of Violence (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.6
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
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 Jones
Greg Bryk William Orser
Sumela Kay Judy Danvers
Kyle Schmid Bobby Jordan
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
Movie Details
Genre Crime; Drama; Thriller
Director David Cronenberg
Producer Chris Bender; David Cronenberg; J.C. Spink
Writer John Wagner; Vince Locke; Josh Olson
Studio New Line Home Entertainment
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 96 mins
Movie Release Date 9/30/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 592
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/30/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 065935221357
Release Date 3/14/2006
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Director David Cronenberg Commentary
Deleted scene with Director Commentary
Acts of Violence Documentary
Featurette: The Unmaking of Scene 44
Violence's History: U.S. vs. International Versions
Too Commercial for Cannes
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